Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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Love is a condition so powerful; it may be that which pulls the stars in the firmament. It may be that which pushes and urges the blood in the veins. Courage: you have to have courage to love somebody because you risk everything-ever ything. Maya Angelou
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Determine to live life with flair and laughter. Maya Angelou
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I know why the caged bird sings. Maya Angelou
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Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater. Maya Angelou
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Each time a dancer moves devoutly or a composer faithfully searches the silence for the veiled melodies, eternity is engaged. Maya Angelou
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I thank God that I've lived long enough to see what I have seen, and I pray that people will continue to do better. We are doing better, it may not seem so, but there was a time when people were lynched in the middle of the street and it was not against the law. We are doing better, but we have so much more to do. Maya Angelou
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I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be okay. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts. 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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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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Christians already? It seems to me that it takes a lifetime of work. Maya Angelou
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Have enough courage to love. 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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You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. 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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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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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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In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats - maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats - but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike. Maya Angelou
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You can't be consistently fair, consistently generous, consistently just, or consistently merciful. You can be anything erratically, but to be that thing time after time after time, you have to have courage. Maya Angelou
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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
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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. Maya Angelou
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I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind. Maya Angelou
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Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history. Maya Angelou
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What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good. Maya Angelou
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Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I'd listen to Italian music. Maya Angelou
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The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous. Maya Angelou
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If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first. Maya Angelou
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Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more. Maya Angelou
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I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, 'Oh, you know, I can use this word because I'm black.' Maya Angelou
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I believe that every person is born with talent. Maya Angelou
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Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity. Maya Angelou
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Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother. Maya Angelou
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Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, 'I'm not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.' Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, 'Yes, I deserve it.' Maya Angelou
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I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. Maya Angelou
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I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I'll probably be writing when the Lord says, 'Maya, Maya Angelou, it's time.' Maya Angelou
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My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still. Maya Angelou
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I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all. Maya Angelou
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There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. Maya Angelou
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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. Maya Angelou
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