Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. Maya Angelou
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I know that I'm not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don't know how not to. Maya Angelou
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If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou
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Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say, 'That's life.' Maya Angelou
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I'm very, very serious - I'm serious enough not to take myself too seriously. That means I can be completely wedded to the moment. But when I leave that moment, I want to be completely wedded to the next moment. Maya Angelou
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At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn't matter. You said, 'That's an American' because there's a readiness to smile and to talk to people. Maya Angelou
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The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society. Maya Angelou
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I would be stupid not to be on my own side. But I'm a human being, too. And I'm on the side of human beings, rather than on the side of crocodiles. Maya Angelou
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I admire people who dare to take the language, English, and understand it and understand the melody. Maya Angelou
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I was married a few times, and one of my husbands was jealous of me writing. Maya Angelou
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The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes. Maya Angelou
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It's good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers. Maya Angelou
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I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don't just want to possess it, it will find you. Maya Angelou
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I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life. Maya Angelou
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Freedom is never free. Maya Angelou
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Shelter Network's programs and services are a rainbow in the clouds for homeless children and adults. Maya Angelou
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We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. Maya Angelou
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It's true. I can do anything and do it well because God loves me. It still humbles me. Maya Angelou
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I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. Maya Angelou
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When you know better you do better. Maya Angelou
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Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Maya Angelou
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Strong women- precious jewels all- their humanness is evident in their accessibility. We are able to enter into the spirit of these women and rejoice in their warmth and courage. Maya Angelou
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You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise! Maya Angelou
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The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you. Maya Angelou
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Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone. Maya Angelou
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What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks 'the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,'.... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I'm writing, I write. And then it's as if the muse is convinced that I'm serious and says, 'Okay. Okay. I'll come. Maya Angelou
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To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision. Maya Angelou
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There were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining. 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. Maya Angelou
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You might encounter defeats but you must never be defeated... Love a lot. Laugh a lot at the silliest things and be very serious... love life. Maya Angelou
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I am a very religious person, so it is the presence of God, the constant unwavering, unrelenting presence of God which continues to help me to keep a character which I am proud to show. Maya Angelou
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I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation. Maya Angelou
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The writer has to take the most used, most familiar objects - nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs - ball them together and make them bounce, turn them a certain way and make people get into a romantic mood; and another way, into a bellicose mood. I'm most happy to be a writer. Maya Angelou
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Love liberates. Love - not sentimentality, not mush - but true love gives you enough courage that you can say to somebody, "Don't do that, baby." And the person will know you're not preaching but teaching. Maya Angelou
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To know and not to do is in fact not to know. We need to be active instruments against evil. We need to do. Maya Angelou
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What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks "the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,".... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I'm writing, I write. And then it's as if the muse is convinced that I'm serious and says, "Okay. Okay. I"ll come. 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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Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace. Maya Angelou
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I try to see every day as a celebration. Maya Angelou
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Martin Luther King was a human being with a brilliant mind, a powerful heart, and insight, and courage and also with a sense of humor. So he was accessible. Maya Angelou
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I don't think modesty is a very good virtue, if it is a virtue at all. A modest person will drop the modesty in a minute. It's a learned affectation. Maya Angelou
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People feel guilty. And guilt is stymieing. Guilt immobilizes. Guilt closes the air ducts and the veins, and makes people ignorant. Maya Angelou
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If a person - any human being - is told often enough, "You are nothing. You are nothing. You account for nothing. You count for nothing. You are less than a human being. I have no visibility of you", the person finally begins to believe it. Maya Angelou
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We grow despite the horror that we feed upon our own tomorrow. We grow. 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. Maya Angelou
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There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. Maya Angelou
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Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. Maya Angelou
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You can't use up creativity, creative thinking builds on itself and increases the creativity of the thinker...You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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Even here in America, we felt the cool, refreshing breeze of freedom when Nelson Mandela took the seat of Presidency in his country where formerly he was not even allowed to vote. We were enlarged by tears of pride as we saw Nelson Mandela's former prison guards invited, courteously, by him to watch from the front rows his inauguration. 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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I'm young as morning and fresh as dew. Everybody loves me and so do you. Maya Angelou
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There is a spirit in all music, the spirit has the ability to conjure up thoughts even pictures of something that happened or you wished would happen or you anticipate happening. Music has the ability to create ideas in you and me. It has the ability to encourage us to be creative. Maya Angelou
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There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in Black women. It's as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet. Maya Angelou
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Still, when it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds. Maya Angelou
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Without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues. 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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Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Maya Angelou
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One must learn to care for oneself first, so that one can then dare to care for someone else. Maya Angelou
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moderation in all things. And even moderation in moderation. Don't get too much moderation, you know? Maya Angelou
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I have risked everything to tell the truth. Tell the truth Maya Angelou
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I'm not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us-I don't mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side-then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up. Maya Angelou
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I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I'm never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could. Maya Angelou
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People don't always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you make them feel. Maya Angelou
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When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. Maya Angelou
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Let me tell so much truth. I want to tell the truth in my work. The truth will lead me to all. Maya Angelou
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We are loved by Love itself. There is nothing good that we can't do. Maya Angelou
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