Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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
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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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You have to have courage to love somebody. Because you risk everything. Everything. Maya Angelou
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No one comes from the earth like grass. We come like trees. We all have roots. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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Life loves the person who dares to live it. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Some of us are timid. We think we have something to lose so we don't try for that next hill. 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life. 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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A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself. Maya Angelou
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You don't have to tell everything you know, but let what you do say be the truth as you understand it. 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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It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don't think it will come back. Maya Angelou
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Don't let anybody raise you. You've been raised. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream. Maya Angelou
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Poetry is music written for the human voice. 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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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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The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story... Maya Angelou
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To those who have given up on love: I say, "Trust life a little bit. 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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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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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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