Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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If you do not like anything, alter it. If you can not change it, adjust your mindset. Will not complain. Maya Angelou
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Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls. Maya Angelou
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Modesty is a learned affectation. It's no good. Humility is great, because humility says, 'There was someone before me. I'm following in somebody's footsteps.' Maya Angelou
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If I have a monument in this world, it is my son. Maya Angelou
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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome. Maya Angelou
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A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Maya Angelou
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You dwell in whitened castles with deep and poisoned moats and cannot hear the curses which fill your children's throats. Maya Angelou
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Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. Maya Angelou
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Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. Maya Angelou
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When members of a society wish to secure that society's rich heritage they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'. Maya Angelou
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I've got a magic charm That I keep up my sleeve, I can walk the ocean floor And never have to breathe. Maya Angelou
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Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood. Maya Angelou
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Success is loving life and daring to live it. Maya Angelou
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We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. Maya Angelou
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Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. Maya Angelou
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Through the centuries, we faced down death by daring to hope. Maya Angelou
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We will sometimes have defeats in life but you can have defeats without being defeated, you could fail without being a failure. When you see failure and defeats as merely part of the process to get to when. Maya Angelou
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Love liberates; it doesn't bind. Maya Angelou
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One isn't born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things-in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It's the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion. Maya Angelou
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Laugh...It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself and one's fellow human beings. Maya Angelou
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Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love? Maya Angelou
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You may not remember what a person said to you, you may not remember what a person did to you, but you will never forget how a person made you feel! Maya Angelou
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Each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension. Maya Angelou
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We must infuse our lives with art. Our national leaders must be informed that we want them to use our taxes to support street theatre in order to oppose street gangs. We should have a well-supported regional theatre in order to oppose regionalism and. Maya Angelou
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Love is many things. It is varied. One thing love is not, is unsure. Maya Angelou
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Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet. Maya Angelou
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A single fantasy can transform a million realities. Maya Angelou
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Today, the first & last of every Tree/ Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River. Maya Angelou
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I'm happy to be a writer - of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn't a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use. Maya Angelou
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If you're going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can't be erased. Maya Angelou
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It's amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing, I can do it. That's why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I'm amazed at it. I'm grateful for it. Maya Angelou
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Don't trust people who don't laugh Maya Angelou
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The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as heck we should never teach. Maya Angelou
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Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. Maya Angelou
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If you have a song to sing, who are you not to open your mouth and sing to the world? Maya Angelou
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Don't let the man bring you down. Maya Angelou
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Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage mean we face our fears. We are able to say, 'I have fallen, but I will get up.' Maya Angelou
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, without it, you can practice no other. Maya Angelou
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If God put the rainbows right in the clouds themselves, each one of us in the direst and dullest and most dreaded and dreary moments can see a possibility of hope ... Each one of us has the chance to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud. Maya Angelou
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My people had used music to soothe slavery's torment or to propitiate God, or to describe the sweetness of love and the distress of lovelessness, but I knew no race could sing and dance its way to freedom. Maya Angelou
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You may not get what you paid for, but you will pay for what you get. Maya Angelou
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Don't face the day until you've faced God. Maya Angelou
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When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one - it's the first blow in a suicidal movement. Maya Angelou
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Sometimes guns really matter. Protecting those who need protection - children, women, minorities in rough parts of town, old folks living in places where cops aren't nearby. Guns are true empowerment for the powerless. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well. Maya Angelou
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Just like moons and suns, With certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Maya Angelou
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Some people cannot see a good thing when it is right here, right now. Others can sense a good thing coming when it is days, months, or miles away. Maya Angelou
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You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou
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I'm working at trying to be a Christian and that's serious business. It's like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy?it's serious business. It's not something where you think, Oh, I've got it done. I did it all day, hotdiggety. The truth is, all day long you try to do it, try to be it, and then in the evening if you're honest and have a little courage you look at yourself and say, Hmm. I only blew it eighty-six times. Not bad. Maya Angelou
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We grow despite the horror that we feed upon our own tomorrow. We grow. Maya Angelou
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Money and power can liberate only if they are used to do so. They can imprison and inhibit more finally than barred windows and iron chains. Maya Angelou
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You can only accomplish what I really love. Do not take the money as a goal. Instead, pursue the things you passionate about, and do good to others can not take my eyes off you Maya Angelou
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Continue to plant a kiss of concern on the cheek of the sick and the aged and infirm and count that actions as natural and to be expected. Maya Angelou
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It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Maya Angelou
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Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards ca' give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. Take up the battle. Take it up. It's yours. This is your life. This is your world. Maya Angelou
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The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you're greedy, you're set up. Maya Angelou
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Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. Maya Angelou
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Glory falls around us as we sob a dirge of desolation on the Cross and hatred is the ballast of the rock Maya Angelou
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Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness. Maya Angelou
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When things were very bad his soul just crawled behind his heart and curled up and went to sleep Maya Angelou
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Being a woman is hard work. Maya Angelou
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We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Maya Angelou
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You are the sum total of everything you've seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot- it's all right there. Maya Angelou
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I might have it at six-fifteen a.m. just as soon as I get in, but usually it's about eleven o'clock when I'll have a glass of sherry. Maya Angelou
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