My own style influences have to do with where I grew up, in the Bronx, and I still like to wear bangles and big hoops!— Jennifer Lopez
Delighting Bronx quotations
People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.
The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-hop, and 26 world championships.
But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker.
My early childhood prepared me to be a social psychologist.
I grew up in a South Bronx ghetto in a very poor family. From Sicilian origin, I was the first person in my family to complete high school, let alone go to college.
Through reading, I escaped the bad parts of my life in the South Bronx.
And, through books, I got to travel the world and the universe. It, to me, was a passport out of my childhood and it remains a way - through the power of words - to change the world.
I am a product of affirmative action.
I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn't able to succeed at those institutions.
Ladies and Gentleman, the Bronx is burning.
I grew up in the Bronx. The Bronx teaches you to survive. It's like, 'Bring it on!'
I'm just a kid from Bronx who got lucky.
Melting pot Harlem-Harlem of honey and chocolate and caramel and rum and vinegar and lemon and lime and gall. Dusky dream Harlem rumbling into a nightmare tunnel where the subway from the Bronx keeps right on downtown.
I go to Queens for queens to get the crew from Brooklyn, Make money in Manhattan and never been tooken. Go Uptown and the Bronx to boogie down, Get strong on the Island, recoup, and lay around.
If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there's no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream.
When you're a kid with artistic yearnings brought up in the Bronx, you don't get fed up too easily.
I was raised in a Bronx public housing project, but studied at two of the nation's finest universities. I did work as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting violent crimes that devastate our communities.
My whole world before I joined the Navy was my neighborhood in the Bronx.
Also, I preached to gangs on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx - and miracles began to happen.
The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices you make will shape your life forever.
Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx.
In Manhattan, and its true on some level till this day;
its a whole different mentality from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, which I didn't know at the time - because you basically just know your neighborhood.
When I was four years old, my mother owned some tenements in the Bronx.
I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.
When I started really singing I was 17, 18 years old.
I used to go around trying to be a singer in the Bronx. My knees would shake but I learned by doing.
Since I do not believe that there should be different recommendations for people living in the Bronx and people living in Manhattan, I am uncomfortable making different recommendations for my patients in Boston and in Haiti.
So you think that hip-hop had it's start out in Queensbridge, If you popped that junk up in the Bronx you might not live.
I started off as a graffiti artist in the South Bronx.
My tag name was 'Loco' because I would go crazy and tag anywhere I wanted, in the weirdest places.
When I was growing up, there were so many things I thought were stylish.
Jabo jeans, V Bombers, Clarks, Vikings, Nugget watches, Lee pants with the patches, leather hats - which I still wear now. All hip-hop stuff, all South Bronx stuff.
Poor people know poor people, and rich people know rich people.
It is one of the few things La Rochefoucauld did not say, but then La Rochefoucauld never lived in the Bronx.
I lived in a house in the East Bronx, a totally Jewish neighborhood on East 172nd Street. You didn't see Christians much, although one lived next door. We thought they were kind of a minority.
That's why this generation is the least racist generation ever.
You see it all the time. Go to any club. People are intermingling, hanging out, having fun, enjoying the same music. Hip-hop is not just in the Bronx anymore. It's worldwide. Everywhere you go, people are listening to hip-hop and partying together. Hip-hop has done that.
It's like hip hop all over again, back in the '70s back in the Bronx, when it was just bubbling. But it's going to be huge.
My father always said, 'The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.'
The saddest thing in life is wasted talent
I was from a poor Jewish family in the South Bronx.
My father was a plumber, but when I was 16, he got sick and I had to take over. Being a plumber in the South Bronx wasn't fun.
I can't help but be a different person now that I've had kids.
That really does change your whole perspective on life for the better. I definitely feel like I've grown up. So, I guess in a way parts of me are going to be different, but in general I'm still the same girl from the Bronx who had big dreams.