Don't tell me what was said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.

— Jay-Z

The most cheerful Jay-Z quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

Everybody look at you strange, say you changed Like you work that hard to stay the same.

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You can pay for school, but you can't buy class

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Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.

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Males shouldnt be jealous. Thats a female trait.

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I'm hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter.

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Be true to yourself- and keep things simple. People complicate things

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Niggas pray and pray on my downfall, But every time I hit the ground I bounce up like round ball

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Life is a gift, love opens it up.

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Only God can judge me so I'm gone, either love me or leave me alone.

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Leave a mark they can't erase, neither space nor time.

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I've never looked at myself and said that I need to be a certain way to be around a certain sort of people. I've always wanted to stay true to myself, and I've managed to do that. People have to accept that.

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Only he without sin can tell me if my means justify my ends.

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About Jay-Z

Quotes 185 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

You can put a new shirt on your back, slide a fresh chain around your neck, and accumulate all the money and power in the world, but at the end of the day those are just layers. Money and power don't change you, they just further expose your true self.

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I'd rather die enormous than live dormant.

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May the best of your today's be the worst of your tomorrow's

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Be fluid. Treat each project differently. Be water, man. The best style is no style. Because styles can be figured out. And when you have no style they can't figure you out.

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They say a midget standing on a giant's shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.

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I will not lose, for even in defeat/There's a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me

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If skills sold truth be told I'd probably be lyrically Talib Kweli Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense (But I did five Mil) I ain't been rhyming like Common since.

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You can't turn a bad girl good, but once a good girls' gone bad, she's gone forever.

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Life is for living, not living uptight, see ya somewhere up in the sky.

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Put me anywhere on God's green earth, I'll triple my worth. Motherf--. I, will, not, lose.

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Their gunnin' for me, want to see me fall, you know my story, been through it all, times I felt like dyin', but I ain't cryin', what didn't kill me, makes me strong as iron.

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Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk.

Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly.

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Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I'm going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations.

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I'm not afraid of dying I'm afraid of not trying

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Men lie, women lie, numbers dont

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Everything evens up, you just wait, Even a garbage can gets a steak, You ain't even a garbage can, you have faith!

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As kids we didn't complain about being poor;

we talked about how rich we were going to be and made moves to get the lifestyle we aspired to by any means we could. And as soon as we had a little money, we were eager to show it.

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Artists can have greater access to reality;

they can see patterns and details and connections that other people, distracted by the blur of life, might miss. Just sharing that truth can be a very powerful thing.

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Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be And so I put this on my life Nobody or nothing will ever come between us And I promise I'll give my life

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I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter.

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Screamin' 'Carpe Diem!' until I'm a Dead Poet.

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I'm a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!

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Jealousy’s a weak emotion.

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[T]he truth is that drug addicts have a disease.

It only takes a short time in the streets to realize that out-of-control addiction is a medical problem, not a form of recreational or criminal behavior. And the more society treats drug addiction as a crime, the more money drug dealers will make "relieving" the suffering of the addicts.

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I use a lot of double meanings. I hide 'em like Easter eggs.

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It's always been most important for me to figure out "my space" rather than trying to check out what everyone else is up to, minute by minute. Technology is making it easier to connect to other people, but maybe harder to keep connected to yourself-- and that's essential for any artist, I think.

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I believe you can speak things into existence.

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[T]he truth is you don't need some external demon to take control of you to turn you into a raging, money-obsessed sociopath, you only need to let loose the demons you already have inside of you.

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I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.

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Rap has been a path between cultures in the best tradition of popular music.

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No matter where you go, you are what you are playa.

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Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who've never done anything because if you haven't been successful, then you don't know how it feels to lose it all.

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So many people that I've seen can't get clean water. It's a crime.

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I'm hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That's what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that's from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter.

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Your future is ahead of you. Imagine the notion of the past fifteen years of your life being a blip in your story.

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I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.

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You could name practically any problem in the hood and there'd be a rap song for you.

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