Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
Total Quotes: 1283


I believe that people want the scent of love, more than anything else. And I don't mean sentimentality, I don't mean mush. I mean that idea, that human beings are more alike than we are different. And that means that I can love you. I don't mean support you in bad things you do, that I can understand because you're a human being. Maya Angelou

My hope is that we develop enough courage to develop courage. To try to have, try to learn to treat each other fairly, with generosity and kindness. Maya Angelou

I think all poems are commissioned. They just come to me without somebody outside commissioning them. The idea comes and I will live with them 'til I get it as close to what I mean. I've never been totally satisfied. I've come close a few times. Maya Angelou

Oh, the holiness of always being the injured party. The historically oppressed can find not only sanctity but safety in the stateof victimization. When access to a better life has been denied often enough, and successfully enough, one can use the rejection as an excuse to cease all efforts. After all, one reckons, "they" don't want me, "they" accept their own mediocrity and refuse my best, "they" don't deserve me. Maya Angelou

It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don't think it will come back. Maya Angelou

Don't let anybody raise you. You've been raised. Maya Angelou

Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Maya Angelou

I'm very blessed that I have a healthy temper. I can become quite angry and burning in anger, but I have never been bitter. Bitterness is a corrosive, terrible acid. It just eats you and makes you sick. Maya Angelou

A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream. Maya Angelou

Poetry is music written for the human voice. Maya Angelou

I want to be representative of my race-the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be ... Maya Angelou

As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else. Maya Angelou

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That's why it's important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are Maya Angelou

The most noble cause known to man is the liberation of the human mind and spirit. Maya Angelou

Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds. Maya Angelou

We need language to tell us who we are, how we feel, what we're capable of- to explain the pains and glory of our existence. Maya Angelou

I come as one, but stand as 10,000. Maya Angelou

I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on. Maya Angelou

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay. Maya Angelou

You can't get too high for somebody to bring you down. Maya Angelou

Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops. Maya Angelou

Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Maya Angelou

Life loves the person who dares to live it. Maya Angelou

I will write on the pages of history what I want them to say. I will be myself. I will speak my own name. Maya Angelou

When the storyteller tells the truth, she reminds us that human beings are more alike than unalike... A story is what it's like to be a human being-to be knocked down and to miraculously arise. Each one of us has arisen, awakened. We do rise. Maya Angelou

Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them. Maya Angelou

I know that you that you may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. If you accept that you have been defeated, you give power to the force that is trying to defeat you. Maya Angelou

Some of us are timid. We think we have something to lose so we don't try for that next hill. Maya Angelou

Facts can obscure the truth. Maya Angelou

I have forgiven myself; I'll make a change. Once that forgiveness has taken place you can console yourself with the knowledge that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure. Less pressure is crystal, less than that is coal, less than that is fossilized leaves or plain dirt. Pressure can change you into something quite precious, quite wonderful, quote beautiful and extremely hard. Maya Angelou

Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I'm married to someone who is very jealous and you're married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come. Maya Angelou

[Librarians] study their field with as much determination and as much delight as open-heart surgeons. Maya Angelou

Living well is an art that can be developed. Maya Angelou

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise. Maya Angelou

When I passed forty I dropped pretense, 'cause men like women who got some sense. Maya Angelou

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. Maya Angelou

To those who have given up on love: I say, "Trust life a little bit. Maya Angelou

No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Maya Angelou

Live as though life was created for you. Maya Angelou

Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress. Maya Angelou

We are the victims of the world's most comprehensive robbery. Life demands a balance. It's all right if we do a little robbing now. Maya Angelou

The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power. Maya Angelou

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent. Maya Angelou

The honorary duty of a human being is to love. Maya Angelou

I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating. Maya Angelou

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed. Maya Angelou

If I wanted to write, I had to be willing to develop a kind of concentration found mostly in people awaiting execution. I had to learn technique and surrender my ignorance. Maya Angelou

A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself. Maya Angelou

You don't have to tell everything you know, but let what you do say be the truth as you understand it. Maya Angelou

The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer. Maya Angelou

Oh, the holiness of being the injured party. Maya Angelou

I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. Maya Angelou

Prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Maya Angelou

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope. Maya Angelou

You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich. But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful - don't underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer. Maya Angelou

You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it. Maya Angelou

Lift up your eyes upon This day breaking for you. Give birth again To the dream. Women, children, men, Take it into the palms of your hands. Mold it into the shape of your most Private need. Sculpt it into The image of your most public self. Lift up your hearts Each new hour holds new chances For a new beginning. Maya Angelou

Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life. Maya Angelou

Faith is the evidence of the unseen. Maya Angelou

The devil lives in our mistakes, the lord lives in our rights. Who lives in our ignorance, and who wins after all? Maya Angelou

You have to have courage to love somebody. Because you risk everything. Everything. Maya Angelou

No one comes from the earth like grass. We come like trees. We all have roots. Maya Angelou

I keep on dying, Because I love to live Maya Angelou

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou

Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Maya Angelou

People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. A Brave and Startling Truth. Maya Angelou

It is very dangerous to make a person larger than life because, then, young men and women are tempted to believe, well, if he was that great, he's inaccessible, and I can never try to be that or emulate that or achieve that. Maya Angelou

Having courage does not mean we are unafraid. Maya Angelou

We have it in us to be splendid. Maya Angelou



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