Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

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

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou

I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. Maya Angelou

Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It's very clear. Maya Angelou

The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you're wrinkled. Maya Angelou

During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not. Maya Angelou

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou

Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness. Maya Angelou

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. Maya Angelou

Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem. Maya Angelou

The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou

In all my work, I try to say - 'You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?' Maya Angelou

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. Maya Angelou

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. Maya Angelou

Politicians must set their aims for the high ground and according to our various leanings, Democratic, Republican, Independent, we will follow. Politicians must be told if they continue to sink into the mud of obscenity, they will proceed alone. Maya Angelou

I'm always disappointed when people don't live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change. Maya Angelou

Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America, but black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years. Maya Angelou

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. Maya Angelou

Effective action is always unjust. Maya Angelou

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops. Maya Angelou

I know that I've been guided by God. I am obedient. Maya Angelou

I like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. Maya Angelou

I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with 'Porgy and Bess,' the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places. Maya Angelou

The truth is you never can leave home. You take it with you everywhere you go. It's under your skin. It moves the tongue or slows it, colors the thinking, impedes upon the logic. Maya Angelou

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. Maya Angelou

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

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

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

Look what you've already come through! Don't deny it. Say I'm stronger than I thought I was Maya Angelou

Love recognizes no barriers. Maya Angelou

We can be better, we can be wiser, we can be more kind. Yes we have to change. We have to grow up and stop acting like 10 years old. Yes there is much to do, much to see, much to go into. Maya Angelou

In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really, absolutely know what whites looked like. Maya Angelou

Then the question began to live under my blankets: How did lesbianism begin? What were the symptoms? The public library gave information on the finished lesbian-and that woefully sketchy-but on the growth of a lesbian, there was nothing. I did discover that the difference between hermaphrodites and lesbians was that hermaphrodites were "born that way." It was impossible to determine whether lesbians budded gradually, or burst into being with a suddenness that dismayed them as much as it repelled society. Maya Angelou

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

Hope does not take away your problems. It can lift you above them. Maya Angelou

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

Life sometimes gives you a second chance. Maya Angelou

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

Every Day you should reach out and touch someone Maya Angelou

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

I live in an atmosphere of music. Maya Angelou

Give yourself time just to be with yourself. Maya Angelou

You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou

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 can't 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

We need to remember to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone; at times it is positively to be wished for.....In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God. Maya Angelou

Being free is being able to accept people for what they are, and not try to understand all they are or be what they are. Maya Angelou

Y"all dropped the ball and you should be shamed. Maya Angelou

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats... Maya Angelou

In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric. Maya Angelou

Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up. Maya Angelou

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

I've had rainbows in my clouds. Maya Angelou

I always felt, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. Maya Angelou

Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. Maya Angelou

The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood. Maya Angelou

I keep hitting the escape button but I am still here! Maya Angelou

To be human is to be challenged to be more divine. Not even to try to meet such a challenge is the biggest defeat imaginable. Maya Angelou

There is an amazing something in the American psyche which speaks about courage, and it says, 'Yes I can,' ... Yes, we will overcome it all because we have the spirit to do so. Maya Angelou

Courage, I don't think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That's not courage. Maya Angelou

In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists. Maya Angelou

You can never be great at anything unless you love it. Maya Angelou

Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. Maya Angelou

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

Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse. Maya Angelou

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

No human being can be more human than another human being. I liberate you from my ignorance. Maya Angelou

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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