Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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I think we ought to give ourselves more time. We should be more patient with ourselves and with each other. Maya Angelou
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Strictly speaking, one cannot legislate love, but what one can do is legislate fairness and justice. If legislation does not prohibit our living side by side, sooner or later your child will fall on the pavement and I'll be the one to pick her up. Or one of my children will not be able to get into the house and you'll have to say, "Stop here until your mom comes here." Legislation affords us the chance to see if we might love each other. Maya Angelou
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I made the decision to quit show business. Give up the skintight dresses and manicured smiles. The false concern over sentimental lyrics. I would never again work to make people smile inanely and would take on the responsibility of making them think. Maya Angelou
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Sometimes all you need in love is to make each other happy, to make each other laugh. So long as you can still do that ten years down the line then I think you're gold. Never let the laughter slip from your relationship. Maya Angelou
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In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons. Maya Angelou
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We must create a climate where people agree that human beings are more alike than unalike. The only way to do that is through education. Maya Angelou
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We agreed that great men and women should be forced to live as long as possible. The reverence they enjoyed was a life sentence, which they could neither revoke nor modify. Maya Angelou
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All riddles are blues, / And all blues are sad, / And I'm only mentioning / Some blues I've had. Maya Angelou
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It's wonderful that whenever Patsy Cline's name is mentioned, people's voices fall and they become right sentimental. And, rightly so. Maya Angelou
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Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them. Maya Angelou
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My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world. Maya Angelou
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Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong. Maya Angelou
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Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself. Maya Angelou
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When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that forgiving is one of the greatest gifts that I can give myself. Maya Angelou
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When people see the laughing face, even if they're jealous of it, their burden is lightened. But do it first for yourself. Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. Maya Angelou
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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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Visit us again, Savior. Your children, burdened with disbelief, blinded by a patina of wisdom, carom down this vale of fear. We cry for you although we have lost your name. Maya Angelou
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It is possible and imperative that we discover A brave and startling truth. Maya Angelou
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Had I not had my grandmother, who dared to be my rainbow in the clouds, I would have been just another sexually abused barefoot black girl on the roads of Arkansas. Maya Angelou
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The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour. Maya Angelou
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In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment. Maya Angelou
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Have enough courage to love. Maya Angelou
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Christians already? It seems to me that it takes a lifetime of work. Maya Angelou
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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Maya Angelou
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When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from that grantor's gift. Maya Angelou
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Blacks should be used to play whites. For centuries we had probed their faces, the angles of their bodies, the sounds of their voices, and even their odors. Often our survival had depended on the accurate reading of a white man's chuckle or the disdainful wave of a white woman's hand. Maya Angelou
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I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people. Maya Angelou
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My encouragement to you is to go tomorrow to the library. Maya Angelou
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But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams. Maya Angelou
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When we know better, we do better. Maya Angelou
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The needs of a society determine its ethics. Maya Angelou
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We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, "Oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn't run away; I rose right where I'd been knocked down." That's how you get to know yourself. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. Maya Angelou
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We really are 15 countries, and it's remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham - both are certain they are the real American. Maya Angelou
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I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they're telling the truth. The fact is they're using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they're telling the truth about the human being- what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other. Maya Angelou
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Look what you've already come through! Don't deny it. Say I'm stronger than I thought I was Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. 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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Laugh as often as possible. You must. Because the world will offer you every reason to weep. So as often as possible, you laugh. That, I think, is part of the Great Love. Maya Angelou
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When was the last time anyone ever told you how important you are? Maya Angelou
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Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God. My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come. Maya Angelou
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I've had rainbows in my clouds. Maya Angelou
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I always felt, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. Maya Angelou
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The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood. Maya Angelou
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We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives. Maya Angelou
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No human being can be more human than another human being. I liberate you from my ignorance. Maya Angelou
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I believed that there was a God because I was told it by my grandmother and later by other adults. But when I found that I knew not only that there was God but that I was a child of God, when I understood that, when I comprehended that, more than that, when I internalized that, ingested that, I became courageous. Maya Angelou
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But from a distance. I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less. Maya Angelou
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I had read a Tale of Two Cities and found it up to my standards as a romantic novel. She opened the first page and I heard poetry for the first time in my life...her voice slid in and curved down trough and over the words. She was nearly singing. Maya Angelou
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The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve. Maya Angelou
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As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good. Maya Angelou
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All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated. Maya Angelou
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Be the rainbow in someone else's cloud. Maya Angelou
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Preach it, I say preach it. Maya Angelou
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The whites were really brutishly ignorant, blitheringly, so they killed people sometimes - just came into the African-American community and maimed people because they didn't agree with God's choice for the colors of the people's skin. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise. Maya Angelou
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We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin... but who we are internally... perhaps even spiritually. 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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You can never be great at anything unless you love it. Maya Angelou
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Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. Maya Angelou
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The nice thing about HOPE is that you can give it to someone else, someone who needs it even more than you do, and you will find you have not given yours away at all. Maya Angelou
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Hope does not take away your problems. It can lift you above them. Maya Angelou
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Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait. Maya Angelou
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Life sometimes gives you a second chance. Maya Angelou
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Every day offers you 10,000 reasons to cry, but if you can find just one reason to laugh then you will be all right. Maya Angelou
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Every Day you should reach out and touch someone Maya Angelou
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Take the blinders from your vision take the padding from your ears and confess you've heard me crying and admit you've seen my tears. Maya Angelou
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I live in an atmosphere of music. Maya Angelou
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Give yourself time just to be with yourself. Maya Angelou
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