Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise. Maya Angelou

Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity. Maya Angelou

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Maya Angelou

The breezes of the West African night were intimate and shy, licking the hair, sweeping through cotton dresses with unseemly intimacy, then disappearing into the utter blackness. Maya Angelou

Reality has changed chameleonlike before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust almost anything except what appears to be so. Maya Angelou

Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable thing in and around the child, the region's only enfranchised citizen. Maya Angelou

Without defeats, how do you really know who the hell you are? If you never had to stand up to something - to get up, to be knocked down, and to get up again - life can walk over you wearing football cleats. But each time you do get up, you're bigger, taller, finer, more beautiful, more kind, more understanding, more loving. Each time you get up, you're more inclusive. More people can stand under your umbrella. Maya Angelou

Human beings are more alike than unalike. Whether in Paris, Texas, or Paris, France, we all want to have good jobs where we are needed and respected and paid just a little more than we deserve. We want healthy children, safe streets, to be loved and have the unmitigated gall to accept love. If we are religious, we want a place to perpetuate God. If not, we want a good lecture every once in a while. And everyone wants someplace to party on Saturday nights. Maya Angelou

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer. Maya Angelou

Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters Maya Angelou

If you have, give. If you learn, teach. Maya Angelou

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. Maya Angelou

A certain person wondered why a big strong girl like me wouldn't keep a job which paid a normal salary. I took my time to lead her and to read her every page. Even minimal people can't survive on minimal wage. A certain person wondered why I wait all week for you. I didn't have the words to describe just what you do. I said you had the motion of the ocean in your walk, and when you solve my riddles you don't even have to talk. Maya Angelou

Food served is always more than just food served. That is to say, it is more than just fuel for the body. Depending upon who has prepared the food and who has served it and with what spirit, it can uplift the-and around the world, in every culture, food is used to flirt, to be coy, a raise in the employment or to search for employment. It can bring warring factions together. Maya Angelou

If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape Maya Angelou

I had to trust life and believe that life loved the person who dared to live it. Maya Angelou

The woman who truly intends to live a good life is already living phenomenally since intent is part of the achievement. Maya Angelou

When we come to it We must confess that we are the possible We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world, that is when, and only when we come to it Maya Angelou

If you do not like anything, alter it. If you can not change it, adjust your mindset. Will not complain. 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

You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking. Maya Angelou

We are missing Michael. But we do know we had him, and we are the world. Maya Angelou

There's racism and sexism and ageism and all sorts of idiocies. But bad news is not news. We've had bad news as a species for a long time. We've had slavery and human sacrifice and the holocaust and brutalities of such measure. Maya Angelou

The most difficult thing in the world, it seems to me, is to realize that I am a child of God; to keep that in my mind all the time. Maya Angelou

One of the saddest things in the world is to see a cynical young person. Maya Angelou

It's very hard for adults to maintain respect and romance so that a love affair can be sustained over years. Maya Angelou

Try, start always at home. This is my encouragement to all writers, start at home. All virtues and vices begin at home, and then spread abroad. Maya Angelou

Don't hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it. Maya Angelou

There is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I'm not certain what the difference is, but I do know that if you butt your head against a stone wall long enough, at some point you realize the wall is stone and that your head is flesh and blood. Maya Angelou

You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, 'I'm a representative. ' Maya Angelou

I would ask every man and every woman who's had the blessing of having children, 'Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?' To love someone takes a lot of courage. So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, 'I forbid you from loving this person'? Maya Angelou

Let us live so we do not regret years of inertia and ignorance, so when we die we can say all of our energy was dedicated to the noble liberation of the human mind and spirit, beginning with my own. Maya Angelou

I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine ... before she realizes she's reading. Maya Angelou

When women take care of their health they become their own best friend. Maya Angelou

One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it. Maya Angelou

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style Maya Angelou

Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life. Maya Angelou

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou

We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. Maya Angelou

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom. Maya Angelou

When you learn, teach, when you get, give. Maya Angelou

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. Maya Angelou

I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute. Maya Angelou

I'm grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim. Maya Angelou

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. Maya Angelou

Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now. Maya Angelou

Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear. Maya Angelou

Eating is so intimate. It's very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you're inviting a person into your life. Maya Angelou

We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou

I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I'm a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself - all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve. Maya Angelou

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. Maya Angelou

A black person grows up in this country - and in many places - knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone. Maya Angelou

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less. Maya Angelou

Life loves the liver of it. Maya Angelou

If you're serious, you really understand that it's important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you're the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you're funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity. Maya Angelou

You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, 'I'm a representative.' Maya Angelou

While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man. Maya Angelou

We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay - and rise! Maya Angelou

Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that's all. So we direct our values to material things. Maya Angelou

I think Clinton, after getting into office and into Washington, was shocked at being bludgeoned. So he spent time trying to be all things to all people - one way guaranteed not to be successful or respected in a lion's den. You can't just play around with all those big cats - you've got to take somebody on. Maya Angelou

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water. Maya Angelou

The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you - black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight. Maya Angelou

All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy - but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that's how I am guided. Maya Angelou

It's so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I've never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything. Maya Angelou

The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free. Maya Angelou

In a magazine, one can get - from cover to cover - 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it. Maya Angelou

I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defence when and wherever needed. Maya Angelou

To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That's what Norman Mailer did. That's what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that's what I do - that's what I mean to do. Maya Angelou

I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything. Maya Angelou

My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine. Maya Angelou

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