Top 130 Tupac Shakur Quotes That Will Change Your Thinking

Tupac Shakur was born in 1971 and died in 1996. He was an American rapper, actor, poet, and activist. He was the first rap artist to have a #1 album and a number-one single on the U.S. Billboard charts, simultaneously with his album Me Against The World (1995).

He has sold over 75 million records worldwide while receiving 17 Grammy nominations and six wins. Shakur is recognized as one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, with over 25 million albums sold, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Here are some of his best quotes on how to live life to the fullest.

Top 130 Tupac Shakur Quotes

“My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.”

“I’m a reflection of the community.”

“We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.”

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”

“Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.”

“Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place.”

“One thing we all adore, something worth dying for, nothing but pain, stuck in this game, searchin’ for fortune and fame.”

“I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings.”

“A coward dies a thousand times, a soldier dies but once.”

“The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.”

“If God wanted me to be quiet he would’ve never showed me what he does.”

“I’ll probably be punished for hard living.”

“Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here cause even thugs cry, but do the Lord care?”

“Let the Lord judge the criminals.”

“All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.”

“The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone.”

“Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are 2 steps ahead.”

“A coward dies a thousand deaths. A soldier dies but once.”

“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”

“Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride. I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.”

“We probably in hell already, our dumb asses not knowin’, everybody kissin’ ass to go to heaven ain’t goin.”

“Whatever it takes to switch places with the bustas on top.”

“I hate the man in the mirror ’cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.”

“I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn’t commit.”

“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, theres a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up and handle it.”

“Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever.”

“You gotta make a change. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.”

“Don’t believe everything you hear: Real eyes, Realize, Real lies.”

“If they take half the buildings that they use to praise God and give it to the motherfuckers who need God we’d be ‘aight.”

“It’s a struggle for every young Black man. You know how it is, only God can judge us.”

“I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection”

“When I was a little baby, I remember that one moment of calm-peace, and 3 minutes after that, it was on.”

“I just don’t know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.”

“I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect.”

“I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.”

“Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes, Realize, Real lies.”

“Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”

“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.”

“If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day.”

“For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.”

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”

“Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead.”

“People die but legends live forever.”

“The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone.

Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”

“What I learned in jail is that I can’t change. I can’t live a different lifestyle – this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.”

“Don’t live to fight, fight to live.”

“I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that’s bad, I’m going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I’m doing is right. So I feel like I’m going to heaven.”

“They have money for war but can’t feed the poor.”

“Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.

They have money for war but can’t feed the poor.”

“Watch for phonies, keep your enemies close, watch your homies.”

“I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.”

“I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.”

“Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love. All that love I gave didn’t mean nothing when it came to fear.”

“Things will never be the same, that’s just the way it is.”

“Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.”

“That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feels as though they gotta tell me how to live my life.”

“I want to be better. You grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.”

“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.”

“Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.”

“So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”

“That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.”

“Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.”

“My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for. ”

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

“When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.”

“The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.”

“Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got; don’t ever stop, just push it ‘till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fail.”

“Can’t close my eyes cause all I see is terror. I hate the man in the mirror cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.”

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”

“It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.”

“Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?”

“No one knows my struggle, they only see the trouble. Not knowing how hard it is to carry on when no one loves you.”

“It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down.”

“Just cause you live in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow.”

“I’m not saying girls are perfect cause we all know that’s not true. But why be unfaithful to her if she was true to you?”

“Every day, I’m standing outside trying to sing my way in: We are hungry, please let us in We are hungry, please let us in. After about a week that song is gonna change to: We hungry, we need some food. After two, three weeks, it’s like: Give me the food Or I’m breaking down the door. After a year you’re just like: I’m picking the lock. Coming through the door blasting.”

“Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”

“It don’t stop ’til the casket drop.”

“The world moves fast and it would rather pass by than to stop and see what makes you cry.”

“I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from every one.”

“I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from every one. And when it’s said and done, I bet this brother be a better one. If I upset you don’t stress; never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet.”

“Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel.”

“Imperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end, no matter how hard we fight.”

“Should I just stop trying and give up? But then, that’s exactly what they’re waiting for me to do.”

“I would rather be stricken blind, than to live without expression of mind.”

“Everytime I speak, I want the truth to come out. Everytime I speak I want a shiver.”

“I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society.”

“You know nothing can stop me but loss of breath and I’m still breathing so it’s still on.”

“There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see thats gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit…remember that.”

“I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room? It just don’t make sense to me.”

“Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.”

“There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.”

“I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.”

“I did not wanted to become the victim, so became the bully.”

“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.”

“Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic.”

“I’m done talking since you’re not listening, continue to hang out with them nothing ass bitches, then!”

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f*ck on.”

“We was young and we was dumb, but we had heart.”

“With all my fans I got a family again.”

“Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.”

“I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection.”

“They got money for the war but can’t feed the poor.”

“What people do for the struggle of power is madness.”

“You can never “just be friends” with someone you fall in love with.”

“A woman brought you into this world, so you have no right to disrespect one.”

“It takes skill to be real. Time to heal each other.”

“Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes, realize, real lies.”

“I know death follows me, but I murder him first.”

“Ain’t a woman alive that can take my momma’s place.”

“I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.”

“No matter what these people say about me, my music doesn’t glorify any image. My music is spiritual when you listen to it. It’s all about emotion, I tell my innermost, darkest secrets.”

“America wants its respect.”

“In my mind, I’ll be thinking is this true, will I fail? Am I supposed to fail? Should I just stop trying and give up? But then, that’s exactly what they’re waiting for me to do.” – Tupac Shakur

“Until it happened, I really did believe that no Black person would ever shoot me. I believed that I didn’t have to fear my own community, You know, I was like I represent them. I’m their ambassador to the world, they will never do me wrong.” – Tupac Shakur

“Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bulls***.”

“I’d rather die like a man, than live like a coward.”

“There’s no way I could pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated.”

“Do everything you can to make it around the system, over the system, or out the system.”

“I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated.

People die but legends live forever.”

“Even the genius ask questions.”

“We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.”

“There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see thats gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit… remember that.”

“You’re right. I am crazy. But you know what else? I don’t give a fuck.”

“I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from every one. And when it’s said and done. I bet this brother be a better one. If I upset you don’t stress. Never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet.” – Tupac Shakur

“This fast life soon shatters, cause after all the lights and screams, nothing but my dreams matter.”

“Always falling too deep in a relationship, always end up being the one that’s hurt the most.”

“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up, and handle it.”

“My mama always used to tell me: If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.”

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