Life is so much bigger, grander, higher, and wider than we allow ourselves to think.— Queen Latifah
The most unusual Queen Latifah quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
You have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone.
My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home.
I don’t want to be a supermodel; I want to be a role model.
I decided early on that I was going to put on my crown and rule my world by acting right and treating myself like a queen.
No one ever got ahead by going through the motions.
You have to constantly be improving yourself. Make your life the masterpiece you want it to be.
I didn't know I had it in me. There's more to all of us than we realize. Life is so much bigger, grander, higher, and wider than we allow ourselves to think. We're capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to believe.
I really don't know how to be anyone else, and whenever I try to be anyone else, I fail miserably. Or I disappoint myself. It doesn't build my self-esteem, and it doesn't help me grow me at all.
When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, 'You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself.' And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.
Let your inner queen's voice come through loud and clear.
Be strong, be authentic, be you, and you'll do her proud.
Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way.
Surround yourself with positive people.
If there are kids who want to follow in my footsteps, I'd say that my shoes are too big for them to fill! But their shoe size is just perfect.
I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female.
I don't have to really be in the 60s.
Every time I hail a cab in New York, and they pass me by and pick up the white person, then I get a dose of it. Or when they don't want to take you to Harlem. I grew up with that.
You have to allow your mind to create and then if you want to censor something and bring it down or point it in a different direction, then you can do it.
I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I'm either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren't attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.
I'm not living large; I just want to live comfortably. I wanna have financial stability that is unshakable.
There are different flavours of sexiness.
I don't care how much money you have, free stuff is always a good thing.
Once you realize there is a Higher Power, you know you're not alone, that you have a purpose on the planet. You control your destiny instead of letting the day lead you where it may. You seize it, take it and lead it.
It's not always easy to do the right thing.
But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character.
I feel very positive about Newark's future, but I know we need a lot of help.
I think that starts with the education of our kids and making the streets safer.
For me, it might sound cliche, but beauty for me really does start on the inside. It's like a state of mind, a state of love if you will. Then, whatever you can do on the outside is all like a bonus.
Dreams become reality when we put our minds to it.
I'm not allowed to get a big head, I've still got to do the simple things in life.
Don't you want to know what's real and what's not? I remember when I was a kid, you know, this whole Cold War thing. They had us scared of the Russians. So, it's almost like, what's real and what's not?
I approach the film business the way I feel about self-esteem.
It's something that has to be maintained. That's kind of how I feel about positive roles in Hollywood. They have to be maintained. You have to purposefully, intentionally try to make the right type of films. And the more people that do that, the more things will continue to improve.
I already enjoy cooking. I like different flavors and putting different things together and really like taking normal recipes to a higher level.
I lost relatives to AIDS, a couple of my closest cousins.
I lost friends to AIDS, high-school friends who never even made it to their 21st birthdays in the '80s. When it's that close to you, you can't really deny it, and you can't run from it.
For me, my criteria for making films is all about trying to do something different from the last time. So if I catch myself doing too much of one thing, I'm always trying to move away from that, because it's not going to be challenging enough to keep my attention and focus.
I often find it's just the confidence that makes you sexy, not what your body looks like. It's how you feel about yourself that makes you sexy.
I think it's important to raise your kids, start 'em early.
Teaching them the values and morals, so when they get out there on their own, you know they have it. They just have to remember to use it, but they have it.
What would your life be like if you found out you had 3 weeks left? And you know that you had not begun to live? And you had all these dreams and all these possibilities. And all these things you wanted to do and things you wanted to say and now time's up?
There are a lot of people who helped make Queen Latifah who she is today.
I don't forget, but a lot of people do and get big heads.
I never really took any acting classes. I'm just a natural ham, I guess.
I believe that the kids, young people should have an opportunity to have Oscar nominated actors in their movies too.
Always follow your own path.
I think I'd be a great mom, honestly.
I don't think I'll have any problem giving them all the love in the world. Discipline will be the hard part.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm way more of a joker than I am a serious person.
Having a belief in God, being able to find joy, despite your circumstances or put yourself outside of yourself, and stop looking inwards and look outwards a little bit really helps to carry through tough times. Giving makes you feel better.
While we [people] keep putting a face on HIV and AIDS, I think what we forget is that there are human beings, just people with emotions and feelings, women who want to be loved, men who want to be loved, who want to feel something.
It's not always easy to do the right thing.
But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think. In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.
Putting on your crown is really like accepting the fact that you are a queen.
You're a great woman. Wherever you are in life, just keep on that path, and so for me, sometimes as women, we forget - we forget that about ourselves. So, putting on your crown is sort of reminding yourself that, hey, I'm a queen, and I can do what I want in this life and take it.
I lost my brother when I was 22. He was only 24. I was always the kind of person to live on the edge, but after that, it made me feel like I could really die. It can really happen. Before then, I never thought it could happen to me or my family.
I feel strongly that women who look like me should feel great. So I am not changing.
If you're prematurely born or if you have things happening when you're like a baby being born. If you have to learn how to walk right or if there's something wrong with your gait or just physical things that are happening. Illnesses affect your family and they impact you because you want to do the best you can to help your family member become more healthy.
instinct leads me to another flow
I'm as involved as I can be. Whenever I'm asked to do something, I always tend to show up.
People say I'm going to be the next Oprah.
But I say no, because Oprah is still Oprah. I'll be the next me. I feel like there's always a lane for me as long as I'm true to myself.
The good thing about movies is that they're subjective.
You can connect to different themes depending on your own perspective.