Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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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
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As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else. Maya Angelou
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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
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The most noble cause known to man is the liberation of the human mind and spirit. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds. Maya Angelou
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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
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Faith is the evidence of the unseen. Maya Angelou
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The devil lives in our mistakes, the lord lives in our rights. Who lives in our ignorance, and who wins after all? Maya Angelou
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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
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When I passed forty I dropped pretense, 'cause men like women who got some sense. Maya Angelou
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The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. Maya Angelou
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I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn't just hold-that's ego. Love liberates. It doesn't bind. Love says, 'I love you. I love you if you're in China. I love you if you're across town. I love you if you're in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I'd like to have your arms around me. I'd like to hear your voice in my ear. But that's not possible now, so I love you. Go.' Maya Angelou
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I try to live what I consider a "poetic existence." That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work. Maya Angelou
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The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams. Maya Angelou
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...We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That sounds goody two-shoes, I know, but I believe that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure and time. Less time is crystal. Less than that is coal. Less than that is fossilized leaves. Less than that it's just plain dirt. 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. Maya Angelou
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If men are God's gift to women, then God must really love gag gifts. Maya Angelou
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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
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The honorary duty of a human being is to love. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Everything costs and costs the earth. Maya Angelou
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Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress. Maya Angelou
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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
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My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang. Maya Angelou
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It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it. Maya Angelou
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Fighting for one's freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again. Maya Angelou
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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. Maya Angelou
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It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. Maya Angelou
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If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Maya Angelou
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We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It's wise to know where you come from, who called your name. Maya Angelou
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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou
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I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. Maya Angelou
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I'm a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I'm even afraid of it - it's a learned affectation and it's just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from inside out. Maya Angelou
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There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. Maya Angelou
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I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Maya Angelou
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Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses. Maya Angelou
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I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly. Maya Angelou
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For a person who grew up in the '30s and '40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, 'Here I am, read me.' Over time I have learned I am at my best around books. Maya Angelou
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Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn't accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else's insistence or someone else's whim or convenience. Maya Angelou
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That's the biggest gift I can give anybody: 'Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you're doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.' Maya Angelou
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I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.' Maya Angelou
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I'm interested in women's health because I'm a woman. I'd be a darn fool not to be on my own side. Maya Angelou
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One of the wonderful things about Oprah: She teaches you to keep on stepping. Maya Angelou
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I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right. Maya Angelou
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The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama's entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly. Maya Angelou
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When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, 'Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.' Maya Angelou
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Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs... I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole. Maya Angelou
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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
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Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay. Maya Angelou
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You can't get too high for somebody to bring you down. Maya Angelou
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No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Maya Angelou
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Live as though life was created for you. Maya Angelou
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I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. Maya Angelou
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Prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Maya Angelou
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Women been gittin' pregnant ever since Eve ate that apple. Maya Angelou
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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Maya Angelou
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Mother's life flowed radiant. Flourescent-tipped waves on incoming tides. Maya Angelou
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The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. Maya Angelou
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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou
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My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. Maya Angelou
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Here on the pulse of this new day You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, Into your brother's face, your country And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning. Maya Angelou
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Joy is a freedom. It helps a person to find his/her own liberation. The person who is joyous takes responsibility for the time he/she takes up and the space that he/she occupies. You share it! Some of you have it ... you share it! That is what joy is! When you continue to give it away you will still have so much more of it. Maya Angelou
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I was raped when I was very young. I told my brother the name of the person who had done it. Within a few days the man was killed. In my child's mind-seven and a half years old-I thought my voice had killed him. So I stopped talking for five years. Maya Angelou
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I, with millions of other Americans, have the same dream Martin Luther King Jr. had; when I wake up I wish some of the things I dreamt would be true. I wish that little black and white boys and girls would hold hands without being shocked at their nearness to each other and say in a natural way, "we have overcome. Maya Angelou
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Out of the huts of history's shame I rise. Maya Angelou
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Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it. Maya Angelou
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The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed. Maya Angelou
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That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home. Maya Angelou
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