Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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. Do' 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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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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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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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Do' make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people ca' take their eyes off of you. Maya Angelou
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I"ve got a magic charm That I keep up my sleeve, I can walk the ocean floor And never have to breathe. Maya Angelou
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A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself Maya Angelou
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I've had people explain to me what one of my poems meant, and I've been surprised that it means that to them. If a person can use a poem of mine to interpret her life or his life, good. I can't control that. Nor would I want to. Maya Angelou
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There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, a place that you must keep clean. A place where you say to any intruder, "Back up, don't you know I'm a child of God. Maya Angelou
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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. 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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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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We are here to love each other. That is why you are alive. That is what life is for. Maya Angelou
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I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. Maya Angelou
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If you're for the right thing, you do it without thinking. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody. 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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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
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Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood. Maya Angelou
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We are missing Michael. But we do know we had him, and we are the world. Maya Angelou
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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
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No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn. Maya Angelou
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Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations. 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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The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library Maya Angelou
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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
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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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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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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. 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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I love the melodies in the Old Testament, how preachers highlight them when they read from the Scripture. But I was influenced forever by the New Testament. I love the Beatitudes, informing us that the meek shall inherit the earth. Maya Angelou
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I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry - writing at writing. Maya Angelou
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