Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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I'm a positive thinker and actor. I look at a glass; a negative person sees the glass and says: too bad it's half empty... I look at the same glass and say: Hallelujah!! It's half full!!! Maya Angelou
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There are those who say that poets should use her and his art to change the world. I'd agree with that, but I think everybody should do that. I think the chef and the baker and the candlestick maker - I think everybody should be hoping to make it a better world. Maya Angelou
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I believe everything is energy. I believe that the meal you serve yourself, you prepare, is energy. And if you serve it to your family, it's your gift of energy to them. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do not need to know all things. I remind myself that it is sufficient that I know what I know and know that without believing that I will always know what I know or that what I know will always be true. Maya Angelou
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You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Maya Angelou
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I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias. Maya Angelou
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In all the institutions I try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone. I know that eventually I shall have to be present and accountable n the presence of God. I do not wish to be found wanting. Maya Angelou
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It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Maya Angelou
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When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things. Maya Angelou
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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh. Maya Angelou
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Information helps you to see that you're not alone. That there's somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who have wept, who've all longed and lost, who've all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you're not really any different from everyone else. Maya Angelou
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Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse. 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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