Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. 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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Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. 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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I don't trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou
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Y'all dropped the ball and you should be shamed. Maya Angelou
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I'm a writer and writers either have good memories or nothing at all. Maya Angelou
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I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned affectation. It's like decal stuck up on a person. Maya Angelou
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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
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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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A Woman in Harmony with her Spirit is like a river flowing ... Maya Angelou
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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
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I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life. Maya Angelou
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I went to sleep last night And I arose with the dawn, I know that there are others Who're still sleeping on, They've gone away, You've let me stay, I want to thank You. Maya Angelou
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I have need of a friend. There is one and only one who will give the air from his failing lungs for my body's mend. And that one is my love. Maya Angelou
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I want to be a good human being. I'm doing my best, and I'm working at it. Maya Angelou
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It's hard because people think they have something to lose and the truth is they have everything to gain in trying to love somebody. Maya Angelou
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You can't really know where you are going until you know where you have been. 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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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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All God's children need traveling shoes. 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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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
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Just as hope rings through laughter, it can also shine through tears. Maya Angelou
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The truth will lead me to all. Maya Angelou
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The most important thing is to DARE. Maya Angelou
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Just because I am wheelchair-bound doesn't mean I don't get around. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition - about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well. Maya Angelou
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This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth. Maya Angelou
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I have risked everything to tell the truth. Tell the truth Maya Angelou
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Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence - neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish - it is an imponderably valuable gift. Each of us has a few minutes a day or a few hours a week which we could donate to an old folks home or a children's hospital ward. The elderly whose pillows we plump or whose water pitchers we refill may or may not thank us for our gift, but the gift is upholding the foundation of the universe. Maya Angelou
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Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg. Maya Angelou
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Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. Maya Angelou
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Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you. Maya Angelou
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He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education, and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack. Maya Angelou
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My mother raised me, and then freed me, Maya Angelou
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I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being. Maya Angelou
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To those who are given much, much is expected. Maya Angelou
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The intensity with which young people live demands that they "blank out" as often as possible. Maya Angelou
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To be angry is very good. It burns out things and leaves nutrients in the soil. You should always be ready to be angry at injustice and cruelty. Maya Angelou
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When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. Maya Angelou
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Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. . . Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. Maya Angelou
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The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country's table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. Hence the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin's-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic who buys forty-dollar shoes is not criticized but is appreciated. We know that they have put to use their full mental and physical powers. Each single gain feeds into the gains of the body collective. Maya Angelou
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The first thing I do in the morning when I awaken is say, 'Thank you, Lord!' I'm grateful to be alive, and I'm going to try to tell the truth as well as I know and tell it as eloquently as I can so that people can hear it. Maya Angelou
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Have a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job...You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. Maya Angelou
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Tell the truth and not the facts. Maya Angelou
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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure. Maya Angelou
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Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations. Maya Angelou
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