Man, just believe in yourself, be able to dream, and know that there's going to be valleys and peaks. Always stay centered, and know that God is the key, the beginning and end of everything you do.

— Common

The most unexpected Common quotes that will add value to your life

I love black thighs, you sisters better realize That real hair and real eyes get real guys. So before you makeup your face, you better make up your mind.


Never lookin' back or too far in front of me; the present is a gift and I just wanna be.


Education is what you get from reading the small print;

experience is what you get from not reading it.


I just want people to feel like they can achieve something great in their lives.

We all go through rough times, but love is the antidote. You've got to dream and just believe in yourself. And if you believe, you will achieve it.


I put God first, and strive to do my best by being a loving human being, recognizing that sometimes I make mistakes and bad choices.


I appreciate this moment in time...ball players and actors be knowing my rhymes


I met this girl when I was ten years old, And what I loved most she had so much soul. She was old school, when I was just a shorty Never knew throughout my life she would be there for me.


I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet.


Don't believe in role models, but if I do, then I'm mine


I attribute my ability to maintain cool to God, self-esteem, and knowing my purpose in life. It can't be based on anything material or external.


When I see people of my likeness, or who are somebody that I feel connected to, doing something great, I fee like I can do it. It gives me some hope and vision.


All that glisters is not gold.


About Common

Quotes 75 sayings
Profession Hip-hop artist
Birthday March 13, 1972

When you see people that lived their purpose and sacrificed, who are everyday people - teachers, sanitation workers, and just people from all walks of life - that said, "I'm standing up for what I believe in. I'm standing up for my community." That reaffirms what you can do.


I believe in heaven more than hell, lessons more than jail.

In the ghetto, let love prevail with a story to tell. My eyes see the glory, and well, The world waiting for me to yell, "I Have A Dream!"


Whether the people in Haiti, the young kids in Chicago that [are] going through violence, or whether you're in Atlanta or L.A. or Europe - it's not even color barriers for me - I go to where I know there's a lot of turmoil and pain.


If the eyes are the window to your soul open eyes bring the cold.


I tend to look at the good things about what's going on in life, and I do that the best I can. At the end of the day - I have felt outside at times - but always man, I keep my eyes on the prize and know that I can get inside if I choose.


I felt like I had experienced a lot of things in the first chapter of my life, and I wanted it to inspire and motivate people, so I just started writing.


Now I'm on the rise, doin' business with my guys.

Visions realize, music [your craft] affected lives. A gift from the skies, to be recognized, I'm keeping my eye on the people, that's the prize


God is my guide, so I try to not judge myself too much, knowing that at the end of the day, my greatest judge will be Jehovah God.


One thing I always loved about hip-hop music was the raw, boom-bap element - it felt powerful and manly.


Justice is juxtaposition in us Justice for all just ain't specific enough.


This is my inception, I'm writing my dreams.


To have my name said like, "Common and John Legend, Golden Globe nominees," is one of the greatest achievements I've ever had as an artist, as a person.


Burn a Bush cause for peace he no push no button.

Killing over oil and grease, no weapons of destruction, How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one?


I'm a black man that is proud to be black, and I want to help the black community, but I love all mankind.


We obviously feel destiny and purpose and do what we do, but within that are ways to help others and to inspire others and to support and encourage people.


I've always been asked, "What type of character would you love to play?," and I've always said a pastor.


I embody EVERYTHING from the Godly to the party.


Yeah, we try to get the best musicians possible, and Justin [Robinson] is a great musician, man, a great player. You must have been surprised to see him out there, then.


I want a better world, I want love and harmony amongst people no matter what color you are, what race or what background you come from or sexual orientation.


Come close to me baby. Let your love hold you. I know this world is crazy, but what's it without you?


To be a storyteller is to be able to speak truth, to be able to use your imagination, to use the creative gifts that the Creator has given you.


Black people in America have come from slavery to other forms of being oppressed and there are some things that come with that - some pain and anger that come with that and we as black people have to deal with it to heal that. White people have to understand it and have some compassion toward it.


We as people have a purpose here to contribute to the Earth, to contribute to people's goodness and good life.


When you have style, it doesn't matter what other people are saying.


I started digging into parts of myself that I probably ignore and don't really get to express because Common is an artist that is conscious and is aware and is trying to put a positive energy to the world.


I think Lil Wayne is definitely a dope rapper.


Teachers give so much to the future and to youth.

So, when you see somebody make that type of sacrifice towards work - just parents in general, what they got to give to their kids is a lot - I'm inspired, man, to give and help those who didn't or don't have opportunities. And even those that may have some opportunities, [to] help them achieve their dreams.


I start thinking: How many souls hip-hop has affected? How many dead folks this art resurrected? How many nations this culture connected? Who am I to judge one's perspective?


No matter what walk of life you're from, you can appreciate the music - songs [can] resonate in your soul and your heart.


One day it'll all make sense.


I’ve met kids who haven’t had the best of parents but because they had something in them, or they had somebody at school help develop them, they turned out fine.


As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized.

.. I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. 'Selma' has awakened my humanity.


There [are] times when I put out an album, and I don't hear my songs really on the radio a lot, and it's like, Dang, I ain't inside that world. But I'm still moving some people or touching some people.


My mom has obviously had a powerful influence on my life and her voice can describe certain things that I couldn't see in myself.


DJ Jazzy Jeff is the best DJ you can have at a party. Did you see his playlist? He has good taste.


Time is real, we can't rewind it... Out of everybody I met, who told the truth? Time did.


Acting is just another way to express myself as an artist.

I realized if you're an artist, you're an artist and you can express that through music, through painting, through photography, through acting - this is just another way for me to express myself.