How many times have we seen strange quotations attributed to famous people, that turn out to be fake once you research them a little? At least this one is closely associated to Angelou’s own work. I find misattributions really fascinating.
The postal service initially defended itself by saying the quote is associated with Angelou, but when the Washington Post contacted them again after Anglund confirmed she wrote the line, the agency’s tenor changed: “Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [Angelou’s] many other works ... The sentence held great meaning for her and she is publicly identified with its popularity.” Anglund said she loves Angelou’s work and was not fussed by the discovery. “It’s an interesting connection, and interesting it would happen and already be printed and on her stamp,” Anglund said. “I love her and all she’s done, and I also love my own private thinking that also comes to the public because it comes from what I’ve been thinking and how I’ve been feeling.”