Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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But still, like air, I'll rise Maya Angelou

I do not believe that the accident of birth makes people sisters and brothers. It makes them siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood are conditions people have to work at. It's a serious matter. You compromise, you give, you take, you stand firm, and you're relentless...And it is an investment. Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I'm married to someone who is very jealous and you're married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come. Maya Angelou

I also wear a hat or a very tightly pulled head tie when I write. I suppose I hope by doing that I will keep my brains from seeping out of my scalp and running in great gray blobs down my neck, into my ears, and over my face. Maya Angelou

There is a world of difference between facts and the truth. You can have so many facts that you don't deal with the truth. You never get to the truth. You have the places where, the people who, the times when, the reasons why, the methods how - blah blah. And never get to the human truth. The human truth is as elusive as the air. And as important as the air. Maya Angelou

The subject of the poem usually dictates the rhythm or the rhyme and its form. Sometimes, when you finish the poem and you think the poem is finished, the poem says, "You're not finished with me yet," and you have to go back and revise, and you may have another poem altogether. It has its own life to live. Maya Angelou

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. Maya Angelou

Let me tell so much truth. I want to tell the truth in my work. The truth will lead me to all. Maya Angelou

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. Maya Angelou

Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins. Maya Angelou

Oh, Black known and unknown poets, how often have your auctioned pains sustained us? Who will compute the lonely nights made less lonely by your songs, or by the empty pots made less tragic by your tales? If we were a people much given to revealing secrets, we might raise monuments and sacrifice to the memories of our poets, but slavery cured us of that weakness. Maya Angelou

The dread of futility has been my life-long plague. Maya Angelou

I can see in the acorn the oak tree. I see the growth, the rebuilding, the restoring. I see that is the American psyche. There is so much we can draw understanding from. One of the lessons is the development of courage. Because without courage, you can't practice any of the other virtues consistently. Maya Angelou

Anger is like fire. It burns all clean. Maya Angelou

Be courageous, but not foolhardy. Walk proud as you are. Maya Angelou

Raising kids is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. Maya Angelou

Age is nothing; waking up is everything. Maya Angelou

Laugh as much as you can. Maya Angelou

My great blessing is my son, but I have daughters. I have white ones and Black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain. I have gay ones and straight. I have daughters. I have Asian ones, I have Jewish ones, I have Muslim ones. Maya Angelou

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his. Maya Angelou

I thought if war did not include killing, I'd like to see one every year. Maya Angelou

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you... yet, someone survived... You can do anything you choose to do. Maya Angelou

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate - thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising. Maya Angelou

I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve. Maya Angelou

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers. Maya Angelou

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou

If on Judgement Day I were summoned by St. Peter to give testimony to the used-to-be sheriff's act of kindness, I would be unable to say anything in his behalf. His confidence that my uncle and every other Black man who heard of the Klan's coming ride would scurry under their houses to hide in chicken droppings was too humiliating to hear. Without waiting for Momma's thanks, he rode out of the yard, sure that things were as they should be and that he was a gentle squire, saving those deserving serfs from the laws of the land, which he condoned. Maya Angelou

As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel. Maya Angelou

No not me go find someone else to bring down Maya Angelou

When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. Maya Angelou

This is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing. Maya Angelou

What we really have to do is take a day and sit down and think. The world is not going to end or fall apart. Jobs won't be lost. Kids will not run crazy in one day. Lovers won't stop speaking to you. Husbands and wives are not going to disappear. Just take that one day and think. Don't read. Don't write. No television, no radio, no distractions. Sit down and think. . . . Go sit in a church, or in the park, or take a long walk and think. Call it a healing day. Maya Angelou

Your life is much more important that you can imagine... it is your first treasure. Maya Angelou

We can only know where we're going if we know where we've been. Maya Angelou

I certainly do not adore the writer's discipline. I have lost lovers, endangered friendships, and blundered into eccentricity, impelled by a concentration which usually is to be found only in the minds of people about to be executed in the next half hour. Maya Angelou

Difficult is a far cry from impossible. The distance between these two lies hope. Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. Maya Angelou

Beneath the skin, beyond the differing features and into the true heart of being, fundamentally, we are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike. Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. Maya Angelou

Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are - cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes. Maya Angelou

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise. Maya Angelou

The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world. Maya Angelou

Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else. Maya Angelou

I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me. Maya Angelou

I think when we don't know what to do it's wise to do nothing. Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply. Maya Angelou

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, if I do that well enough, then I'll be able to look after someone else - the children or the husband or the elderly. But I have to look after myself first. I know that some people think that's being selfish, I think that's being self-full. Maya Angelou

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed. Maya Angelou

We are loved by Love itself. There is nothing good that we can't do. Maya Angelou

You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. Maya Angelou

There is something more - the spirit, or the soul. I think that that quality encourages our courtesy and care and our minds. And mercy, and identity. Maya Angelou

Never, never let a person know you're frightened. And a group of them ... absolutely never. Fear brings out the worst in everybody. Maya Angelou

If we are honest and fair, then we are known by that. If we are not, alas, we are known by that as well. What we want to do is do right, but you have to say it, you have to show it, and not stop. Maya Angelou

The trouble for the thief is not how to steal the chief's bugle, but where to blow it. Maya Angelou

And one of my absolute favorite quotes of all-time, one that I've adopted as one of my greatest life mottos: Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go." Maya Angelou

Thank you, always say thank you; it's the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God. Maya Angelou

I answer the heroic question Death, where is thy sting? with It is here in my heart and mind and memories. Maya Angelou

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass. 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

If I'm here, I'll be trying to be a better human being, a better writer, a better friend and a better beloved. Maya Angelou

Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible. Maya Angelou

I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. So at this wonderful, young age of 65, I don't know yet what the Lord has for me to do. I try to live up to the energy and to the calling, but I wouldn't dare say I have even scratched the surface yet. Maya Angelou

It is better to control oneself, if one can, and not hit back. But on certain occasions, it is imperative to defend oneself. I don't think it's fair to ask anybody not to defend herself or himself. Maya Angelou

Because of technological breakthroughs, the society will need fewer and fewer unskilled laborers. Maya Angelou

If you happen to fall in love with someone in another race, it's more difficult, because you have to translate yourself. Maya Angelou

I'm grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love - for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists. Maya Angelou

They who have health have hope; and they who have hope, have everything. Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Maya Angelou

We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better. Maya Angelou

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. Maya Angelou

We are all human; therefore, nothing human can be alien to us. Maya Angelou

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? Maya Angelou

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