Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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Y"all dropped the ball and you should be shamed. Maya Angelou
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats... Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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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I keep hitting the escape button but I am still here! Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists. 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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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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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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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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I sustain myself with the love of family. Maya Angelou
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Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hope is born again in the faces of children. Maya Angelou
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Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. You must love yourself first, of course, and you must protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. Just say, 'Just a minute. I'm worth everything, dear.' Maya Angelou
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I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. Maya Angelou
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Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don't understand but something I'm able to harness and use. While electricity remains a mystery, I know I can plug into it and light up a cathedral or a synagogue or an operating room and use it to help save a life. Or I can use it to electrocute someone. Like electricity, creativity makes no judgment. I can use it productively or destructively. The important thing is to use it. You can't use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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Being physically close to extreme power causes one to experience a giddiness, an intoxication. Maya Angelou
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I've tried to be totally present, so that when I'm finished with a piece of work, I'm finished. ... The work, once completed, does not need me. The work I'm working on needs my total concentration. The one that's finished doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to itself. Maya Angelou
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You never get over the fear of writing. Maya Angelou
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I am always talking about the human condition and about American society in particular: what it is like to be human, what makes us weep, what makes us fall and stumble and somehow rise and go on from darkness into darkness and that darkness carpeted. Maya Angelou
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Step off the road. Build yourself a brand new path. 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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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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When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. 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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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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