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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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
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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
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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 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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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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People are too busy putting things under microscopes and so forth. Creativity is greater than the sum of its parts. Maya Angelou
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Try to be all you can be to be the best human being you can be. Try to be that in your church, in your temple. Try to be that in your classroom. Do it because it is right to do. 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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All great acheivements require time. Maya Angelou
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To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents Maya Angelou
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I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Maya Angelou
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Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. Maya Angelou
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First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love. Maya Angelou
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It's a wonderful thing to know that there is something to know there is something greater than I am, and that is God itself. Maya Angelou
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Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. Maya Angelou
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I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. 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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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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You rose into my life like a promised sunrise, brightening my days with the light in your eyes. I've never been so strong. Now I'm where I belong. Maya Angelou
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What I think it really means is: I'm a teacher. I am a teacher. I teach all the time, as you do and as all of you do-whether we know it or not, whether we take responsibility for it or not. I hold nothing back because I want to see that light go off. I like to see the children say, 'I never thought of that before.' And I think, 'I've got them!' Maya Angelou
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We all have that possibility, that potential and that promise of seeing beyond the seeming. Maya Angelou
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Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive. 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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Love builds up the broken wall and straightens the crooked path. Love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides. Each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was created for it 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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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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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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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. Maya Angelou
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Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. Maya Angelou
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When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. Maya Angelou
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Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, 'Children's Letters to God.' You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, 'Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.' Maya Angelou
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If we don't plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don't have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don't have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind. Maya Angelou
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Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. Maya Angelou
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All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. Maya Angelou
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How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times. Maya Angelou
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Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. Maya Angelou
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I'm just like you - I want to be a good human being. I'm doing my best, and I'm working at it. And I'm trying to be a Christian. I'm always amazed when people walk up to me and say, 'I'm a Christian.' I always think, 'Already? You've already got it?' I'm working at it. And at my age, I'll still be working at it at 96. Maya Angelou
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Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you're the funniest person you've ever heard of. Maya Angelou
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The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. Maya Angelou
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There's something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know. Maya Angelou
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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. Maya Angelou
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I keep a hotel room in my town, although I have a large house. And I go there at about 5:30 in the morning, and I start working. And I don't allow anybody to come in that room. I work on yellow pads and with ballpoint pens. I keep a Bible, a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a bottle of sherry. I stay there until midday. Maya Angelou
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