Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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Mostly, what I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one's bones and cragginess of one's once-silken skin, is this: Do it. By all means, do it. Maya Angelou
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It may in fact be utterly impossible to be successful without helping others to become successful. 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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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go. Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. 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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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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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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Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don't do that. Some day we'll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you. Maya Angelou
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Glory falls around us as we sob a dirge of desolation on the Cross Maya Angelou
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Don't bring negative to my door. Maya Angelou
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Its not where your dreams take you, its where you take your dreams. Maya Angelou
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Look for the beauty in things. Maya Angelou
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Troubles are a blessing that force you to change, to believe. Maya Angelou
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Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less. 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. 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
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I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn't know what I was aware of. I knew I knew very little, but I was certain that the things I had yet to learn wouldn't be taught to me at George Washington High School. Maya Angelou
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Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot. Maya Angelou
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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
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The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. Maya Angelou
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The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style. Maya Angelou
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On the day of your birth, the Creator filled countless storehouses, set aside for your use and yours alone. Maya Angelou
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Life is a gift, and i try to respond with grace and courtesy. Maya Angelou
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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
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Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That's the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don't grow up. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up.' Maya Angelou
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The truth brings the past into the present and prepares us for the future. That's what truth does Maya Angelou
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There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends Maya Angelou
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We are more alike than unalike. Maya Angelou
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Intelligence always had a pornographic influence on me. Maya Angelou
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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
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Live life as if it were created just for you. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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I don't trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou
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Let's tell the truth to people. When people ask, 'How are you?' have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avaoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don't want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you. Maya Angelou
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I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness. Maya Angelou
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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
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
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Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. Maya Angelou
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Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. Maya Angelou
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The area where we are the greatest is the area in which we inspire, encourage and connect with another human being. Maya Angelou
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Forgive yourself - no one else will. Maya Angelou
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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
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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you. Maya Angelou
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We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity 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
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I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou
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We need much less than we think we need. Maya Angelou
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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
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Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. Maya Angelou
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If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent. Maya Angelou
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I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place. Maya Angelou
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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. Maya Angelou
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I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me. Maya Angelou
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Human beings love poetry. They don't even know it sometimes... whether they're the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber... they're listening to poetry. Maya Angelou
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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! Maya Angelou
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It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race. Maya Angelou
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Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that - if you dare. But get older because it's fun! Maya Angelou
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