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
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I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do. Maya Angelou
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect. Maya Angelou
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A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart. Maya Angelou
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People will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
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I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. Maya Angelou
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At our best, we're all teachers Maya Angelou
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Time itself is an individual gift. It is wise to cherish it carefully and give it away generously. Maya Angelou
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In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists. Maya Angelou
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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
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We are only as blind as we want to be. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face. Maya Angelou
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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
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Poetry gave me back my voice. Maya Angelou
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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
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Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. Maya Angelou
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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
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The trouble for the thief is not how to steal the chief's bugle, but where to blow it. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs. Maya Angelou
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jealousy is conceived only in insecurity and must be nourished in fear. Maya Angelou
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Always in the black spirituals there's that promise that things are going to be better, by and by. Maya Angelou
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The music was my friend, my lover, my family. Maya Angelou
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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
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A mother's love liberates. Maya Angelou
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Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life. Maya Angelou
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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
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On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other. Maya Angelou
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remember this: When you cross my doorstep, you have already been raised. With what you have learned...you 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life . Maya Angelou
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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
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Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. Maya Angelou
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In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me. Maya Angelou
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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.' Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Everybody in the world wants the same thing...to be needed...a job that he/she can do well...to love somebody...Everybody...There's no mystery. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Life offers us tickets to places which we have not knowingly asked for. Maya Angelou
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Only equals make friends, every other relationship is contrived and off balance. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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One isn't born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things. Maya Angelou
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Lord keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth. Maya Angelou
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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
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Mother's life flowed radiant. Flourescent-tipped waves on incoming tides. Maya Angelou
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It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don't think it will come back. Maya Angelou
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Don't let anybody raise you. You've been raised. Maya Angelou
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Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Maya Angelou
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I'm very blessed that I have a healthy temper. I can become quite angry and burning in anger, but I have never been bitter. Bitterness is a corrosive, terrible acid. It just eats you and makes you sick. Maya Angelou
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