Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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
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People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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Everything costs and costs the earth. Maya Angelou
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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou
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I keep on dying, Because I love to live Maya Angelou
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I come as one, but stand as 10,000. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Faith is the evidence of the unseen. 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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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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Facts can obscure the truth. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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[Librarians] study their field with as much determination and as much delight as open-heart surgeons. Maya Angelou
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Living well is an art that can be developed. Maya Angelou
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Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman. Maya Angelou
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I know, that since life is our most precious gift, and as far as we can be absolutely certain, it's given to us to live but once, let us so live we will not regret years of useless virtue, and inertia, and timidity, and ignorance, and in our last moments we can say: 'All my life, all my conscious energies, have been dedicated to the most noble cause in the world, the liberation of the human mind and spirit - beginning with my own'. Maya Angelou
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If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. Maya Angelou
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When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I'll try, yes, I'll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can't do? Maya Angelou
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The charitable say in effect, 'I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.' Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings. Maya Angelou
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When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe. Maya Angelou
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My entire stay there [high school] might have been time lost if it hadn't been for the unique personality of a brilliant teacher. Miss Kirwin was that rare educator who was in love with information. I will always believe that her love of teaching came not so much from her liking for students but from her desire to make sure that some of the things she knew would find repositories so that they could be shared again. Maya Angelou
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Without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou
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You can see in others what they don't see in themselves and what the world doesn't see in them, Maya Angelou
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I am convinced that courage is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can be kind for a while; you can be generous for a while; you can be just for a while, or merciful for a while, even loving for a while. But it is only with courage that you can be persistently and insistently kind and generous and fair. Maya Angelou
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You're not serious; you're boring as hell. Maya Angelou
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Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure. Maya Angelou
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Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice. Maya Angelou
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Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure. Maya Angelou
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The difference between charity and philanthropy is the distance of the soul... To be philanthropic is to give something, to be charitable is to give one's own heart. Maya Angelou
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I believe 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. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that. I believe every person is born with talent. Maya Angelou
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If you have done the best you can do and if you have gotten all you could extract from something, you have given all you had to give, then the time has come when you can do no more than say thank you and move on. Maya Angelou
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Poetry helps my soul escape its encasement. Maya Angelou
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You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise. Maya Angelou
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If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up-lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well. Maya Angelou
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People have to feel needed. Frequently, we just offer a job and 'perks.' We don't always offer people a purpose. When people feel there is a purpose and that they're needed, there's not much else to do except let them do the work. Maya Angelou
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If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn't it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived? Maya Angelou
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If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully. Maya Angelou
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Life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you. Maya Angelou
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We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance Maya Angelou
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I couldn't tell fact from fiction, Or if the dream was true My only sure prediction In this world was you. I'd touch your features inchly. Beard love and dared the cost, The sented spiel reeled me unreal And I found my senses lost. Maya Angelou
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You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it. Maya Angelou
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Until recently each generation found it more expedient to plead guilty to the charge of being young and ignorant, easier to take the punishment meted out by the older generation (which had itself confessed to the same crime short years before). The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth. Maya Angelou
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The idea of overcoming is always fascinating to me. It's fascinating because few of us realize how much energy we have expended just to be here today. I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for the overcoming. Maya Angelou
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To make a difference is not a matter of accident...People CHOOSE to make a difference. Maya Angelou
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