Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Have a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job...You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. Maya Angelou

I have risked everything to tell the truth. Tell the truth Maya Angelou

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

One must learn to care for oneself first, so that one can then dare to care for someone else. Maya Angelou

moderation in all things. And even moderation in moderation. Don't get too much moderation, you know? Maya Angelou

Shelter Network's programs and services are a rainbow in the clouds for homeless children and adults. Maya Angelou

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

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Maya Angelou

I'm young as morning and fresh as dew. Everybody loves me and so do you. Maya Angelou

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

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

Still, when it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds. Maya Angelou

Without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues. Maya Angelou

Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you. Maya Angelou

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

My mother raised me, and then freed me, Maya Angelou

I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being. Maya Angelou

I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation. Maya Angelou

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

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

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

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

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

People don't always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you make them feel. Maya Angelou

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

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. Maya Angelou

Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. Maya Angelou

We grow despite the horror that we feed upon our own tomorrow. We grow. Maya Angelou

Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace. Maya Angelou

I try to see every day as a celebration. Maya Angelou

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

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

People feel guilty. And guilt is stymieing. Guilt immobilizes. Guilt closes the air ducts and the veins, and makes people ignorant. Maya Angelou

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

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

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. Maya Angelou

When you know better you do better. Maya Angelou

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Maya Angelou

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

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

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

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think. Maya Angelou

You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.' Maya Angelou

Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone. Maya Angelou

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

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

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

Anyone of us can be a rainbow in somebody's clouds. I want the University of Cincinnati to be a rainbow in the clouds. The University of Cincinnati is really a possibility of hope; it is a rainbow. Maya Angelou

I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too. Maya Angelou

When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one - it's the first blow in a suicidal movement. I see the neglect in cities around the country, in poor white children in West Virginia and Virginia and Kentucky - in the big cities, too, for that matter. Maya Angelou

Information helps you to see that you're not alone. That there's somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who've all longed and lost, who've all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you're not really any different from everyone else. Maya Angelou

I got my own back. Maya Angelou

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

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

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou

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

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

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

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

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

I admire people who dare to take the language, English, and understand it and understand the melody. Maya Angelou

I was married a few times, and one of my husbands was jealous of me writing. Maya Angelou

The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes. Maya Angelou

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

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

I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life. Maya Angelou

I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me. Maya Angelou

You only are free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. Maya Angelou

It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different. Maya Angelou



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