Maya Angelou Quotes & Wallpapers

Maya Angelou
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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
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The trouble for the thief is not how to steal the chief's bugle, but where to blow it. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. Maya Angelou
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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
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Raising kids is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. Maya Angelou
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Age is nothing; waking up is everything. Maya Angelou
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Laugh as much as you can. Maya Angelou
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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
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When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. Maya Angelou
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This is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing. Maya Angelou
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I thought if war did not include killing, I'd like to see one every year. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve. 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
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Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. Maya Angelou
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Anger is like fire. It burns all clean. Maya Angelou
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Be courageous, but not foolhardy. Walk proud as you are. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Because of technological breakthroughs, the society will need fewer and fewer unskilled laborers. Maya Angelou
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If you happen to fall in love with someone in another race, it's more difficult, because you have to translate yourself. 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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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
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I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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Your life is much more important that you can imagine... it is your first treasure. Maya Angelou
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We can only know where we're going if we know where we've been. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I answer the heroic question Death, where is thy sting? with It is here in my heart and mind and memories. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. Maya Angelou
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A certain person wondered why a big strong girl like me wouldn't keep a job which paid a normal salary. I took my time to lead her and to read her every page. Even minimal people can't survive on minimal wage. A certain person wondered why I wait all week for you. I didn't have the words to describe just what you do. I said you had the motion of the ocean in your walk, and when you solve my riddles you don't even have to talk. Maya Angelou
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Food served is always more than just food served. That is to say, it is more than just fuel for the body. Depending upon who has prepared the food and who has served it and with what spirit, it can uplift the-and around the world, in every culture, food is used to flirt, to be coy, a raise in the employment or to search for employment. It can bring warring factions together. Maya Angelou
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I had to trust life and believe that life loved the person who dared to live it. Maya Angelou
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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
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She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy. Maya Angelou
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Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear. Maya Angelou
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Inscribed on the temple of Apollo Maya Angelou
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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
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Every journey begins with a single step. Maya Angelou
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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
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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
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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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It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. Maya Angelou
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I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute. Maya Angelou
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I'm grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim. Maya Angelou
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A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. Maya Angelou
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Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now. Maya Angelou
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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
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou
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Eating is so intimate. It's very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you're inviting a person into your life. Maya Angelou
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We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I'm a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself - all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve. Maya Angelou
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I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. Maya Angelou
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A black person grows up in this country - and in many places - knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone. Maya Angelou
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Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less. Maya Angelou
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Life loves the liver of it. Maya Angelou
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If you're serious, you really understand that it's important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you're the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you're funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity. Maya Angelou
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You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, 'I'm a representative.' Maya Angelou
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While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man. Maya Angelou
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We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay - and rise! Maya Angelou
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