Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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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The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. 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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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 know something better is on the road for me. Maya Angelou
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It is the worst thing you can do, women, is whine, .. I mean the worst. Don't complain, protest. 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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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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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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Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. Maya Angelou
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The desire to reach hearts is wise Maya Angelou
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It's in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Maya Angelou
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When I try to describe myself to God I say, "Lord, remember me? Black? Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?" And I almost always get God's attention. Maya Angelou
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I write because I am a Black woman, listening attentively to her people. 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 a commensurate speed. Maya Angelou
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If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers. Maya Angelou
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Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens. The other times you're just stretching your soul. Maya Angelou
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I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time-that indeed it is made for the people, by the people, to the people. 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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I'm considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I've never been bored in my life. Maya Angelou
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I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody's ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the 'n' word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren't pretty or they weren't rich or they weren't clever. Maya Angelou
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At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. Maya Angelou
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The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can't practice any other virtues consistently. Maya Angelou
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I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous - that is to say, it's obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do. Maya Angelou
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If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England - you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things. Maya Angelou
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If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I'd hear a loud 'A-hem!' from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same. Maya Angelou
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At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn't speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn't speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family. Maya Angelou
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My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself. Maya Angelou
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I think that that's the wisest thing - to prevent illness before we try to cure something. Maya Angelou
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If I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in people's hands - and, I hope, in their heart. Maya Angelou
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If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you'll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it. Maya Angelou
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I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate. Maya Angelou
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I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it's lasting me very well. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and... if the future road looms ominous or unpromising... then we need to gather our resolve and... step off... into another direction. Maya Angelou
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Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, into Your brother's face, your country And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning. Maya Angelou
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[Work is] something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater. Maya Angelou
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Whether you are happy or whether you are sad, it is wise to remember you are really in process. Maya Angelou
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You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right. Maya Angelou
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We are all creative, but by the time we are three of four years old, someone has knocked the creativity out of us. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist they sit still. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, they want to be like everyone else. Maya Angelou
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I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother. Maya Angelou
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I would say you might encounter many defeats but you must never be defeated, ever. In fact, it might even be necessary to confront defeat. It might be necessary, to get over it, all the way through it, and go on. I would teach her to laugh a lot. Laugh a lot at the - and the silliest things and be very, very serious. I'd teach her to love life, I can bet you that. Maya Angelou
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I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. Maya Angelou
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I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people. Maya Angelou
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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou
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We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom. Maya Angelou
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Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. Maya Angelou
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