Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging. Maya Angelou

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. Maya Angelou

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. Maya Angelou

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation. Maya Angelou

I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good. Maya Angelou

When teachers or people in authority put me down or in one way or another tried to make me feel less than equal to what they thought I should be - my mother was on my side. It was amazing. Maya Angelou

When I'm writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we're capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. Maya Angelou

I was grateful to see President Obama's victory speech. I was over the moon to see the audience. There were about 60 percent white voters the other 40 percent were African Americans, Asian, Spanish speaking etc. I wept at that spectacle, it told me that the pundits that continue in our country to try to polarize us, to keep us apart, are not succeeding. Americans are waking up not only to the truth, but the truth in each other. Hallelujah! Maya Angelou

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

Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. Maya Angelou

If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult. Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I'll rise. Maya Angelou

I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I'm praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I'm grateful that I'm heard. Maya Angelou

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. 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. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone - because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Maya Angelou

Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: 'I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.' Maya Angelou

I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool - and I'm not any of those - to say that I don't write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues. Maya Angelou

Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright's pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace. Maya Angelou

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. Maya Angelou

In a long meter hymn, a singer - they call it 'lays out a line.' And then the whole church joins in in repeating that line. And they form a wall of harmony so tight, you can't wedge a pin between it. Maya Angelou

Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery. Maya Angelou

I became the kind of parent my mother was to me. Maya Angelou

What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me. Maya Angelou

On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden. Maya Angelou

Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it's right, it's easy. It's the other way round, too. If it's slovenly written, then it's hard to read. It doesn't give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader. Maya Angelou

Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age. Maya Angelou

I've never had a dislike for men. I've been badly treated by some. But I've been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them. Maya Angelou

It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can't do anything with that except do it. Maya Angelou

It's still scary every time I go back to the past. Each morning, my heart catches. When I get there, I remember how the light was, where the draft was coming from, what odors were in the air. When I write, I get all the weeping out. Maya Angelou

Of course, there are those critics - New York critics as a rule - who say, 'Well, Maya Angelou has a new book out and of course it's good but then she's a natural writer.' Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language. Maya Angelou

I'm a serious aficionada of country music - Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry. I've even written some songs. They haven't done anything of mine yet. But it's only a matter of time. Maya Angelou

When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon - all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different. Maya Angelou

I love the song 'I Hope You Dance' by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it. Maya Angelou

Achievement brings its own anticlimax. Maya Angelou

The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are. Maya Angelou

I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English. Maya Angelou

I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But I like - if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them. Maya Angelou

Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities. Maya Angelou

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it! Maya Angelou

If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. Maya Angelou

Love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. A Brave and Startling Truth. Maya Angelou

Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all. Maya Angelou

Every journey begins with a single step. Maya Angelou

My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me - to a lot of people. Maya Angelou

I did what I knew.. when I knew better, I did better Maya Angelou

Pretty Women Wonder Where My Secret Lies, Im Not Cute Or Built To Fit A Fashion Models Size. Maya Angelou

The future is plump with promise. Maya Angelou

All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood. Maya Angelou

You build your 'COURAGE MUSCLE' daily, by being courageous in little things. Just do right.. Maya Angelou

You can only become great at something you are willing to sacrifice for Maya Angelou

Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others. Maya Angelou

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't Complain Maya Angelou

We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. Maya Angelou

Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies. Maya Angelou

She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy. Maya Angelou

Love liberates. It doesn't just hold, that's ego. Love liberates. Maya Angelou

I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. Maya Angelou

'God put the rainbow in the clouds, not just in the sky'... It is wise to realize we already have rainbows in our clouds, or we wouldn't be here. If the rainbow is in the clouds, then in the worst of time, there is the possibility of seeing hope... We can say 'I can be a rainbow in the cloud for someone yet to be.' That may be our calling. Maya Angelou

Original thinking migrates each day in search of nourishment. Maya Angelou

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

This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. Maya Angelou

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou

You want me to do something... tell me I can't do it. Maya Angelou

Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind. Maya Angelou

In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don't have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don't need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you're sharing with. Maya Angelou

I am a child of God. I always carry that with me. Maya Angelou

Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. Maya Angelou

I'm convinced that I'm a child of God. That's wonderful, exhilarating, liberating, full of promise. But the burden which goes along with that is, I'm convinced that everybody is a child of God. . . . I weep a lot. I thank God I laugh a lot, too. The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Maya Angelou

When asked how she knows when her writing is where she wants it to be: "I know when it's the best I can do. It may not be the best there is. Another writer may do it much better. But I know when it's the best I can do. I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, 'No. No, I'm finished. Bye.' And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won't do that." Maya Angelou

I'm a feminist. I've been a female for a long time now. It'd be stupid not to be on my own side. Maya Angelou

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