If you live through defeat, you are not defeated. If you are beaten but acquire wisdom, you have won. Lose yourself to improve yourself. Only when we shed all self-definition do we find who we really are.— RZA
The most sublime RZA quotes to discover and learn by heart
Keep my planets in orbit, Never forfeit or quit, Move forward.
.. I talk with the awkward slang, I walk with the Wu-Tang.
Confusion is a gift from God. Those times when you feel most desperate for a solution, sit. Wait. The information will become clear. The confusion is there to guide you. Seek detachment and become the producer of your life.
Life comes when you have knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, when you can see for real, touch, and feel for real, know for real. Then you are truly living.
How can you defame mud when such a beautiful flower grows from it?
I advise everyone to find an island in this life.
Find a place where this culture can't take energy away from you, sap your will and originality. Since anything physical can be mental, that island can be your home. Turn off the electromagnetic waves being forced upon you, the countless invisible forces coming at you all the time.
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If you don't know yourself, you don't know your nature.
If you don't know your nature, you don't know where to exist. By knowing your nature, knowing yourself, you know what to be and how to live. And that only comes from knowledge of self, knowing yourself.
Experience is the best teacher. But in our day and time, what we need is wisdom, because wisdom overcomes experience, because experience is wisdom, but there's a level of wisdom that overcomes the experience, and that's the experience that's already lived by others. I'm not trying to repeat the histories. I already learned from what they did.
A day to God is a thousand years, Men walk around with a thousand fears.
The true joy of love brings a thousand tears, In the world of desire, there's a thousand snares.
Happiness is something you get from yourself.
If you're completely satisfied with yourself, nobody can take it away from you.
Took two drags off the blunts, and started breaking down the flag: The blue is for the Crips, the red is for the Bloods, The whites for the cops, and the stars come from the clubs Or the slugs that ignite, through the night, By the dawn early light, why is sons fighting for the stripe?
The body is a vehicle for the mind, and that vehicle is how you travel through space.
It's not good to argue with your woman about something, because women feel strong about it, they slap you in your face, you still go back to them.
I believe in the 12 Jewels and try to provide my childrem with them.
That is Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Freedom, Justice, Equality, Food, Clothing, Shelter, Love, Peace and Happiness.
You get nothing but the truth from me.
Aiyyo, camoflouge chameleon, ninjas scalin' your building, No time to grab the gun, I already got your wife and children
You can be born gay, but not because of your genetics, I think because of your subconscious more than your genetics. I think genetically, we're made to reproduce. We can't survive this route. Genetically, that's the way to go. Genetically, we have to reproduce, but subconsciously, and preferentially, you can be born with that.
We put out real hip-hop at a time when it was turning into pop or R&B .
.. We brought the focus back to the music in its rawest form, without studio polish or radio hooks. ... People want something that gives them an adrenaline rush. We're here to supply that fix.
Love is mistranslated into sex, because sex is not an expression of love.
Sex is an expression of physical activity. It can be an expression of love between two people in love, but it's a carnal expression.
Through great input you get great output.
The most revealing books are the Holy Koran and the Holy Bible.
The Bhagavad Gita is a great book as well, and the works of Buddha. These are the major influences on the world.
The fundamental message of the Wu Tang music is as vast as the ocean in all reality, but it's still a straight path. You can take one lyric and by researching what that lyric is giving out to you, it should give you more than a day's worth of school, maybe three days' worth of school.
Once you've got an inspired spark, you've got to strive.
You've gotta keep putting wood on it, so they say, to keep it burning. But then there's the alchemist side of it, that's the fire that's burning but it don't burn.
Every aspect of your personality, if you're wise, you're able to separate each one of them and put them to use at the best time for the best position.
Complainin' to my lawyer how this rookie tried to frisk me.
.. Jealous of my jeep, I gave his badge to the chief, And got his ass directin' traffic in the heat for a week.
An architect is a person who builds homes or structures, stadiums even.
A Supreme Architect is someone who actually built the universe. So, if I say I am the Supreme Architecture, I'm letting Allah speak. I'm becoming a vehicle.
I think you gotta have some humor [in your story].
People gotta have a moment to laugh and feel that it's not taken 100% serious. That's important.
What happens to a lot of artists in the music industry right now is the following: The music industry is plummeting real fast. So as the industry plummets, what happens is that there is no deals being made.
I invested in the album. Look, if I never did anything again in music, it wouldn’t affect my life materially. I live a very satisfying life. Not because I’ve made a few dollars, but because I have a wife who loves me and children who wait for me to come home. And that is beautiful. I think that’s the American dream: to be at peace at home.
Sometimes brothers are in war with each other, but at the end love conquers all.
You are a 64-track recording - the tracks are always there, they're always with you. Sometimes the harsh tracks are cranked up and the rest are rolled down to zero. Other times the sweet tracks are high and the darkness is low. But it's all you.
I think one thing most of faiths have in common is they all realize that everything manifests from one [god]. That's whether you're dealing with science, religion, Bible, whatever. They all realize it all came from one, and then from one, you got many.
My time is being shared with my fans and the people of the world, while I have got children growing with a lot of days of not seeing their father.
What's happening right now in the Hip Hop industry is that it is deeply affected by the general economy of America.
Find your true self. The old question, asked in many ages, "Who am I?" Once you figure out who am I, and you know who am I, then you have that knowledge of self.
Fear is a state of nervousness only fit for children
This is a robbery, boy, gimme them dollars. We hit the lottery, boy, it's in ya wallets!
Kung fu was made so the monks could train their bodies and move their bodies with strength, so they could be physical enough to gain mental enlightenment. Before that, they kept falling asleep when [masters] were trying to teach them.
I had a lot of problems in my life. I've been a sickly kid, I had a strange life. They said I could have been blind, handicapped, asthmatic, there were all kind of different problems about me.
Just as you must come through a woman's womb to attain physical birth, so must you come through Wisdom to achieve mental birth. And like childbirth, Wisdom often comes with pain.
I'd hate to compare art to life but I think a movie is an entity of its own, and when it's done, you want everybody to like it like you want everybody to like your children.
If a woman and a man who have an argument keep talking they keep fighting.
I make a lot of money in my life, 50.000 dollars are nothing.
Don't wait till you die to go to heaven.
I'd say that directing is in my heart.
And that's where my focus is, like a laser beam. That's what I've been studying for a long time, and I think that everything that I've done before has contributed to the development of my craft as a director.
How can hip hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever?
We say knowledge is the basic foundation of the universe.
Everything is first based on something being known.
One of the greatest things that ever taught me a super lesson was when I seen a baby come out of my woman's womb. The head and body - you know, a baby's born inside a woman's stomach, you know all that. But to watch this thing come out and fight for life, yo, and to see the woman's risking her life at the same time this thing is fighting for life, you know what I mean?
When I started emceein', you had 500 maybe 1000 rappers in the whole world.
Now there's 1.000.000, nahmean?
Every cell has certain knowledge. I think knowledge is contained within the genetics, even. I think scientists will find that. I don't think there's a gay gene, though. They may argue that down, but I don't think that, because that's a preference.