Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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The truth is very important. No matter how negative it is, it is imperative that you learn the truth, not necessarily the facts. I mean, that, that can come, but facts can stand in front of the truth and almost obscure the truth. It is imperative that students learn the truth of our history. Maya Angelou
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It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history. Maya Angelou
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When you know you are of worth, you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude, you don't have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest. Maya Angelou
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Petulant priests, greedy centurions, and one million incensed gestures stand between your love and me. 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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This conference ? of, for and about women ? is, in itself, a rainbow in the clouds. When numerous women come together and show that they care, not only for themselves but also for each other, that is the occasion when a rainbow is shining down on somebody else. 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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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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Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. 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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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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I'm not a writer who teaches. I'm a teacher who writes. Maya Angelou
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All information belongs to everybody all the time. It should be available. It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone. It should be open. Maya Angelou
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At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself. Maya Angelou
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I love a Hebrew National hot dog with an ice-cold Corona - no lime. If the phone rings, I won't answer until I'm done. Maya Angelou
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Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon. Maya Angelou
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Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication. Maya Angelou
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When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess. Maya Angelou
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I've read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of 'You Can't Go Home Again' and 'Look Homeward, Angel.' Maya Angelou
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I don't think there's such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind. Maya Angelou
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Whenever I'm around some who is modest, I think, 'Run like hell and all of fire.' You don't want modesty, you want humility. Maya Angelou
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If you're a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don't understand talent any more than we understand electricity. Maya Angelou
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Whenever something went wrong when I was young - if I had a pimple or if my hair broke - my mom would say, 'Sister mine, I'm going to make you some soup.' And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger. Maya Angelou
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I agree with Balzac and 19th-century writers, black and white, who say, 'I write for money.' Yes, I think everybody should be paid handsomely; I insist on it, and I pay people who work for me, or with me, handsomely. Maya Angelou
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The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful. As a grown woman she would be known as the butter-colored lady with the blowback hair. Maya Angelou
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Shakespeare - I was very influenced - still am - by Shakespeare. I couldn't believe that a white man in the 16th century could so know my heart. 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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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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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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