Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style. Maya Angelou

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

In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. Maya Angelou

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. Maya Angelou

I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me. Maya Angelou

All great achievements require time. Maya Angelou

A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. Maya Angelou

The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken. Maya Angelou

Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more. Maya Angelou

I know some people might think it odd - unworthy even - for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people's poet so I write for the people. Maya Angelou

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them. Maya Angelou

I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know. Maya Angelou

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. Maya Angelou

Courage - you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. Maya Angelou

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. Maya Angelou

One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can't swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it's what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance. Maya Angelou

Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. Maya Angelou

I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is. Maya Angelou

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they'll do wonders. I count on them. Maya Angelou

When younger writers and poets, musicians and painters are weakened by a stemming of funds, they come to me saddened, not as full of dreams and excitement and ideas. I am then weakened and diminished, and made less rich. Maya Angelou

I love living. I love that I'm alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn't wake this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did. I love, too, that I know a little more today than I did yesterday, or I simply know it more profoundly. Maya Angelou

When we cast our bread upon the waters we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from the grantor's gift. Maya Angelou

Continue to be bold, courageous. Try to choose the wisest thing and once you've chosen the wisest thing go out and try to achieve it. Be it. Maya Angelou

Y'all dropped the ball and you should be shamed. Maya Angelou

I'm a writer and writers either have good memories or nothing at all. Maya Angelou

I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned affectation. It's like decal stuck up on a person. Maya Angelou

I think the more we know the better we are. I mean not just facts. The more we know about each other, the closer we are to learn something about our selves. Maya Angelou

I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music. Maya Angelou

It is important that we learn humility, which says there was someone else before me who paid for me. My responsibility is to prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who is yet to come. Maya Angelou

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library Maya Angelou

We are not our brother's keeper we are our brother and we are our sister. We must look past complexion and see community. Maya Angelou

A Woman in Harmony with her Spirit is like a river flowing ... Maya Angelou

Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I do' understand but something I'm able to harness and use. While electricity remains a mystery, I know I can plug into it and light up a cathedral or a synagogue or an operating room and use it to help save a life. Or I can use it to electrocute someone. Like electricity, creativity makes no judgment. I can use it productively or destructively. The important thing is to use it. You ca' use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have. Maya Angelou

I don't trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou

Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other. Maya Angelou

I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe. Maya Angelou

Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up.' Maya Angelou

The truth brings the past into the present and prepares us for the future. That's what truth does Maya Angelou

There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends Maya Angelou

We are more alike than unalike. Maya Angelou

Intelligence always had a pornographic influence on me. Maya Angelou

The public library building, in my view, is just a little lower than the church, the cathedral, the temple, the synagogue and the mosque. Within those walls and along those stacks, I have found security and assurance. Maya Angelou

My work is to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth. Maya Angelou

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain. Maya Angelou

Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood. Maya Angelou

We are missing Michael. But we do know we had him, and we are the world. Maya Angelou

There are some nights when sleep plays coy, aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles that I employ to win its service to my side are useless as wounded pride, and much more painful. Maya Angelou

No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn. Maya Angelou

Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations. Maya Angelou

I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness. Maya Angelou

Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, 'Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody and they're going to find me out. Maya Angelou

Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don't understand but something I'm able to harness and use. While electricity remains a mystery, I know I can plug into it and light up a cathedral or a synagogue or an operating room and use it to help save a life. Or I can use it to electrocute someone. Like electricity, creativity makes no judgment. I can use it productively or destructively. The important thing is to use it. You can't use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have. Maya Angelou

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. Maya Angelou

I'm grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody. Maya Angelou

On the day of your birth, the Creator filled countless storehouses, set aside for your use and yours alone. Maya Angelou

Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot. Maya Angelou

Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory. Maya Angelou

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. Maya Angelou

The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style. Maya Angelou

Life is a gift, and i try to respond with grace and courtesy. Maya Angelou

Every experience shapes your writing, being stuck in a car on a lonely bridge, or dancing at a prom, being the it girl on the beach, all of those things influence your life, they influence how you write, and the topics you choose to write about. Maya Angelou

The area where we are the greatest is the area in which we inspire, encourage and connect with another human being. Maya Angelou

Forgive yourself - no one else will. Maya Angelou

Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight. Maya Angelou

When it looks like the sun isn't going to shine any more, God puts a rainbow in the clouds. Each one of us has the possibility, the responsibility, the probability to be the rainbow in the clouds. Maya Angelou

All God's children need traveling shoes. Maya Angelou

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. Maya Angelou

My grandmother told me that every good thing I do helps some human being in the world. I believed her 50 years ago and still do. Maya Angelou

The most important thing is to DARE. Maya Angelou

Just because I am wheelchair-bound doesn't mean I don't get around. Maya Angelou



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