Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. Maya Angelou

I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do. Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou

Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better. Maya Angelou

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect. Maya Angelou

A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart. Maya Angelou

People will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. Maya Angelou

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. Maya Angelou

A mother's love liberates. Maya Angelou

Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life. Maya Angelou

Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone. Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him. He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance. Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that. He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his. Maya Angelou

If we live long enough, we may even get over war. I imagine a time when somebody will mention the word war and everyone in the room will start to laugh. And what do you mean war? Maya Angelou

I like to go back and read poems that I wrote fifty years ago, twenty years ago, and sometimes they surprise me - I didn't know I knew that then. Or maybe I didn't know it then, and I know more now. Maya Angelou

Time itself is an individual gift. It is wise to cherish it carefully and give it away generously. Maya Angelou

In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists. Maya Angelou

One isn't born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things. Maya Angelou

Life offers us tickets to places which we have not knowingly asked for. Maya Angelou

Only equals make friends, every other relationship is contrived and off balance. Maya Angelou

On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other. Maya Angelou

remember this: When you cross my doorstep, you have already been raised. With what you have know the difference between right and wrong. Do right. Don't anybody raise you from the way you have been raised. Know you will have to make adaptations, in love, in relationships, in friends, in society, in work, but don't let anybody change your mind. Maya Angelou

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Maya Angelou

I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming? Maya Angelou

Lord keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth. Maya Angelou

I am serious, so I laugh a lot. You need to laugh. You don't laugh enough. I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh. Maya Angelou

When I was three and Bailey was four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed - "To Whom It May Concern" - that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson. Maya Angelou

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Maya Angelou

Poetry gave me back my voice. Maya Angelou

One of the problems we have as writers is we don't take ourselves seriously while writing; being serious is setting aside a time and saying if it comes, good; if it doesn't come, good, I'll just sit here. Maya Angelou

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. Maya Angelou

I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy. If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent. Maya Angelou

The trouble for the thief is not how to steal the chief's bugle, but where to blow it. Maya Angelou

Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou

Blacks concede that hurrawing, jibing, jiving, signifying, disrespecting, cursing, even outright insults might be acceptable under particular conditions, but aspersions cast against one's family call for immediate attack. Maya Angelou

Education is a process that goes on 'til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you're in the company of an ignoramus. Maya Angelou

My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs. Maya Angelou

jealousy is conceived only in insecurity and must be nourished in fear. Maya Angelou

Always in the black spirituals there's that promise that things are going to be better, by and by. Maya Angelou

The music was my friend, my lover, my family. Maya Angelou

At our best, we're all teachers Maya Angelou

We are only as blind as we want to be. Maya Angelou

We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do. Maya Angelou

Everybody in the world wants the same be needed...a job that he/she can do love somebody...Everybody...There's no mystery. Maya Angelou

Difficult is a far cry from impossible. The distance between these two lies hope. Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. Maya Angelou

And I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can't ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won't stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you'd be surprised that people say, "Can I be of help?" Maya Angelou

I am convinced that most people do not grow up ... our real selves, the children inside, are still innocent and shy as magnolias. Maya Angelou

I believe that quality level is determined primarily by the actual design of the product itself, not by quality control in the production process. Maya Angelou

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Maya Angelou

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou

I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do. Maya Angelou

I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life . Maya Angelou

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face. Maya Angelou

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed. Maya Angelou

That knowledge humbles me, melts my bones, closes my ears, and makes my teeth rock loosely in their gums. And it also liberates me. I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation. Maya Angelou

Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. Maya Angelou

In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me. Maya Angelou

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.' Maya Angelou

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance. Maya Angelou

I've always written. There's a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother's papers were destroyed. I'd written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then. Maya Angelou

I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings. Maya Angelou

For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. Maya Angelou

I read the Bible to myself; I'll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is. Maya Angelou

I am convinced that words are things, and we simply don't have the machinery to measure what they are. I believe that words are tangible things... Maya Angelou

I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn't just hold-that's ego. Love liberates. It doesn't bind. Love says, 'I love you. I love you if you're in China. I love you if you're across town. I love you if you're in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I'd like to have your arms around me. I'd like to hear your voice in my ear. But that's not possible now, so I love you. Go.' Maya Angelou

I try to live what I consider a "poetic existence." That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work. Maya Angelou

The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams. Maya Angelou

...We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That sounds goody two-shoes, I know, but I believe that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure and time. Less time is crystal. Less than that is coal. Less than that is fossilized leaves. Less than that it's just plain dirt. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats - maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats - but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Maya Angelou

If men are God's gift to women, then God must really love gag gifts. Maya Angelou

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