Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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Everything costs and costs the earth. 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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To those who have given up on love: I say, "Trust life a little bit. Maya Angelou
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I come as one, but stand as 10,000. 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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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. 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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Having courage does not mean we are unafraid. 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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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. Maya Angelou
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Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway." Maya Angelou
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The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder-in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever. Maya Angelou
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You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it. Maya Angelou
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Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. Maya Angelou
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We love and lose in China, we weep on England's moors, and laugh and moan in Guinea, and thrive on Spanish shores. We seek success in Finland, are born and die in Maine. In minor ways we differ, in major we're the same. Maya Angelou
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Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou
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If funkytown was a trailerpark, this guy would be a double-wide. 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've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. Maya Angelou
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No one has ever become poor from giving. Maya Angelou
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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. Maya Angelou
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A woman needs someone she can trust, someone who laughs when she laughs, but who has different ideas so she can learn from and teach to them. She needs someone who will stand up with her and encourage her to be a woman-not just a female. See where you are, admit what you know, and what you need, and search for a sister friend. Maya Angelou
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At our best, we are all teachers Maya Angelou
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You think you may not be heard. Speak anyway. 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. Maya Angelou
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There's a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine. Clean. So that nobody has a right to curse you or treat you badly. Nobody. No mother, father, no wife, no husband, no-nobody. You have to have a place where you say: 'Stop it. Back up. Don't you know I'm a child of God? 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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Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. Maya Angelou
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By no amount of agile exercising of a wistful imagination could my mother have been called lenient. Generous she was; indulgent never. Kind, yes, permissive, never. In her world, people she accepted paddled their own canoes, pulled their own weight, put their own shoulders to their own plows and pushed like hell. Maya Angelou
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Poetry and music are the best at the highest level of the human mind. Out of poetry, out of their need for poetry, human beings have developed the idea of God. And so when we sing, when we dance, when we speak poetry we are speaking out of God's mouth, each other out of the music from God's heart. Maya Angelou
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Happiness is a chance to talk to a friend, to hear good music, to have a good glass of wine. Happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom I agree or who I don't agree but I can learn something. Maya Angelou
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Depending on who I am talking about or who's talking through me - if the person is a kind of hip-hop, or rhythm and blues person, or if the person is a kind of old-fashion gothic, meaning gothic attitude, then that will determine what form the poem will take. Maya Angelou
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I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly I would welcome her next book. Maya Angelou
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Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you. Maya Angelou
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive Maya Angelou
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Exchange love for hate...Thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising. Maya Angelou
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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. 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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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go. Maya Angelou
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