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800 Inspirational Tupac Shakur Quotes About Life

1. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


2. “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


3. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


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


5. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


6. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even 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*** on.” – Tupac Shakur


7. “The only time I have problems is when I sleep.” – Tupac Shakur


8. “With all my fans I got a family again.” – Tupac Shakur


9. “Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.” – Tupac Shakur


10. “June 16, 1971, mama gave birth to a Hell rasing heavenly son.” – Tupac Shakur


11. “Trust me I never lose. Either I win or learn from it” – Tupac Shakur


12. “We was young and we was dumb, but we had heart.” – Tupac Shakur


13. “Tomorrow comes after the dark” – Tupac Shakur


14. “Sometimes I sit and look at life from a different angle.” – Tupac Shakur


15. “I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.” – Tupac Shakur


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


17. “Before I write I let my mind go blind and let the lord do his thing.” – Tupac Shakur


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


19. “Don’t live to fight, fight to live.” – Tupac Shakur


20. “I have no fear, I have only ambition, and I want mine, And I will do anything to protect and feed my family.” – Tupac Shakur


21. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


22. “All the Hennessy and weed can’t hide, the pain I feel inside, it’s like I’m living just to die.” – Tupac Shakur


23. “I truly believe I’ve been blessed by God, and God walks with me” – Tupac Shakur


24. “Be an individual, work hard, study, get your mind straight, and trust nobody.” – Tupac Shakur


25. “Life’s a test, mistakes are lessons, but the gift of life is knowing that you have made a difference.” – Tupac Shakur


26. “Long live the rose that grew from the concrete when no one else ever cared!” – Tupac Shakur


27. “We probably in hell already, our dumb asses not knowing, everybody kissing ass to go to heaven ain’t going.” – Tupac Shakur


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


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


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


31. “fear no man but only God” – Tupac Shakur


32. “Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.” – Tupac Shakur


33. “If you don’t know me, don’t judge me.” – Tupac Shakur


34. “If you could walk a mile in my shoes, you’d be crazy too.” – Tupac Shakur


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


36. “Support me… If you don’t understand me don’t write about me” – Tupac Shakur


37. “Feel me now, picture my pain, embrace my words, make the world change.” – Tupac Shakur


38. “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur


39. “You gotta keep ur head up even when the road is hard never give up.” – Tupac Shakur


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


41. “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


42. “They got money for the war but can’t feed the poor.” – Tupac Shakur


43. “The seed must grow regardless Of the fact that it’s planted in stone” – Tupac Shakur


44. “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. And after a year you’re just like: I’m picking the lock. Coming through the door blasting.” – Tupac


45. “There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.” – Tupac Shakur


46. “Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.” – Tupac Shakur


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


48. “Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” – Tupac Shakur


49. “I’m not perfect. But I’ll always be real” – Tupac Shakur


50. “Study your lessons, don’t settle for less.” – Tupac Shakur


51. “Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river, those who don’t drink dawn like a cup of springwater or take in sunset like a supper, those who don’t want to change, let them sleep.”


52. “At the time I made ‘Keep ya head up,’ nobody had no songs about black women.”


53. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete proving nature’s laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet.”


54. “This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.”


55. “When you go through a hard period, when everything seems to oppose you, when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, never give up! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”


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


57. “Heaven ain’t hard to find; all you gotta do is look.” – Tupac Shakur


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


59. “I said, I’m gonna write a song about the women like my mom, women like my sister, who I think represent the strong black women, and I did that. Now I’mma write about the women I see everyday and that was ‘I Get Around.’ If I just write songs like ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ it would make me seem more than what I am, but I’m just a normal man.”


60. “There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see that’s 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.”


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


62. “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.”


63. “The Privileged Lovers”


64. “Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” – Haile Gebrselassie


65. “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.” – Tupac Shakur


66. “Hard work pays off – hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat.” – Robert Griffin III


67. “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.”


68. “If there was no money and our wealth was based on our morals and how we treated people, we’d all be millionaires.”


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


70. “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.”


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


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


73. “Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.”


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


75. “Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots”


76. “Let the beauty we love be what we do.”


77. “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?”


78. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell


79. “The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.” – Unknown


80. “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.”


81. “Never surrender, it’s all about the faith that you got.”


82. “My aim is to spread more smiles than tears.”


83. “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”


84. “Here’s a message to the newborns, waiting to breathe—if you believe, then you can achieve. Just look at me.”


85. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.”


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


87. “There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.”


88. “If you don’t know me, don’t judge me.”


89. “Recollect your thoughts, don’t get caught up in the mix.”


90. “Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.”


91. “Everybody against me. Why? Why me? I have not brought violence to you. I have not brought ‘Thug Life’ to America. I didn’t create ‘Thug Life.’ I diagnosed it.”


92. “What we really want to do is get the pride back in the black community. I feel like if you can’t respect yourself, then you can’t respect to race, and then you can’t respect another’s race.”


93. “You never stop loving someone. You just learn to live without them.”


94. “To all the seeds that follow me protect your essence, born with less, but you still precious.”


95. “I have no patience for anybody who doubts me, none at all.” – Tupac Shakur


96. “The trick is to never lose hope!” – Tupac Shakur


97. “While I was walking I passed these two guys that were unloading this big Christmas tree of a truck. One guy, kept saying to the other guy, ‘Hold the sonunvabitch up! Hold it up, for Chrissake!’ It certainly was a gorgeous way to talk about a Christmas tree.” – J. D. Salinger


98. “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”


99. “When you think about your heritage, you think about toughness and hard work.” – Jeff Garcia


100. “If you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions! Listen twice, speak once.”


101. “By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself.”


102. “It is hard work to be good when you are very little and very hungry, and have many sticks to beat you, and no mother’s lips to kiss you.” – Ouida


103. “I wake up in the morning and ask myself; is life worth living? Should I blast myself?”


104. “What you seek is seeking you.”


105. “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.”


106. “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” (Edna Ferber)


107. “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” (Dr. Seuss)


108. “The evil forces are going to be at me. They’re going to come 100 percent, so if I don’t be 100 percent pure-hearted, I’m going to lose.”


109. “It don’t stop ’til the casket drop.”


110. “I’d rather die like a man, than live like a coward.” – Tupac Shakur


111. “Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”


112. “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.”


113. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” -Bob Hope


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


115. “There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.” – Heather Bresch


116. “Everything wasn’t meant to be analyzed.”


117. “When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.”


118. “When you get out there, the responsibility is staggering and I’m ready, I’m going to be a little more ready than someone who’s grown up in Disney World.”


119. “I am society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America.”


120. “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.”


121. “The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.”


122. “Discard yourself and thereby regain yourself. Spread the trap of humility and ensnare love.”


123. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” (Charles Dickens)


124. “You have a little bit of talent, a certain amount of good fortune and a lot of hard work in pursuit of whatever truth you can find in it, and if you are really lucky, a terrific partner and I have that and those four things worked out for me.” – Donald Sutherland


125. “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.”


126. “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.”


127. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


128. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers


129. “Don’t look back unless it’s a good view.” – Tupac Shakur


130. “If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”


131. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” I tell people, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors.” – Victoria Moran


132. “Hate to sound sleazy, but tease me, I don’t want it if it’s that easy”


133. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?”


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


135. “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for the real.”


136. “I have no fear, I have no m*th*f*ck*n fear, I have only ambition. I want mine, and I will do anything to feed and protect my family.”


137. “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor


138. “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” – Margaret Thatcher


139. “That’s what I’m going to do as an artist, as a rapper. I’m gonna show the most graphic details of what I see in my community and hopefully, they’ll stop it quick.”


140. “Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other.”


141. “Hard work always wins in the end.” – Lucas Till


142. “Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.” – Nadia Comaneci


143. “You gotta learn to hold your own.”


144. “Hip hop was supposed to be this new thing that had no boundaries and was so different to everyday music.”


145. “Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet but so many paradises are at the end of this path…Be grateful! It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want.”


146. “In life there are going to be some things that make it hard to smile. Through all the rain and pain you got to keep your sense of humor and smile for me now. Remember that.”


147. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Colin Powell


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


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


150. “I know you’re fed up, ladies, but keep ya head up.”


151. “We are all the same… all the same… longing to find our way back… back to the One… back to the only One!”


152. “My mother taught me three things: respect, knowledge, search for knowledge. It’s an eternal journey.” – Tupac Shakur


153. “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.’”


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


155. “I’m a reflection of the community.”


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


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


158. “Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.” – Kevin Eubanks


159. “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?”


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


161. “[Talking about society] They will let you go as far as you want, but as soon as you’re starting to ask too many questions and you’re ready to change, the block will come.”


162. “Whatever it takes to switch places with the bustas on top.” – Tupac Shakur


163. “Focused. I’m a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else.” – Mos Def


164. “If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions.”


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


166. “Gone to the Unseen”


167. “And did you ever stop to think that I’m old enough to go to war but I ain’t old enough to drink.”


168. “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.”


169. “My change is going to make a change through the community. And through that, they gonna see what type of person I truly was. Where my heart was. This Thug Life stuff, it was just ignorance. My intention was always in the right place.”


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


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


172. “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing


173. “Success has a lot to do with luck, but it also involves a lot of real hard work.” – Jerry Cantrell


174. “They have money for war but can’t feed the poor.” – Tupac Shakur


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


176. “As an older and wiser man, I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work and talent and determination.” – Dexter Fletcher


177. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”


178. “Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers.”


179. “There’s a lot of females that hustle, just like men hustle.” – Fetty Wap


180. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” – David Rockefeller


181. “Even warriors put their spears down on Sundays.”


182. “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”


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


184. “No one ever drowned in sweat.” – Unknown


185. “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.”


186. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs


187. “Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.”


188. “You are not one you are a thousand. Just light your lantern.”


189. “Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society. But I’m not going to use that as an excuse no more. I’m going to pull myself up by my bootstraps, and I’m going to make a change.”


190. “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic” – Unknown


191. “The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.” – Tupac Shakur


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


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


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


195. “Like basketball, fashion is hard work.” – Amar’e Stoudemire


196. “The only thing that can stop me is death, and even then my music will live forever.”


197. “In my death, people will understand what I was talking about.”


198. “Life’s a test, mistakes are lessons, but the gift of life is knowing that you have made a difference.”


199. “Why am I fighting to live, if I am just living to fight? Why am I trying to see, when there ain’t nothing in sight? Why am I trying to give, when no one gives me a try? Why am I dying to live, if I am just living to die?”


200. “Like I said, repetition in practice and hard work.” – Jerry Rice


201. “Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will come to shine like a sun, and everyone who sees it will be made glad and peaceful.”


202. “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” — Gordon B. Hinckley


203. “If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe would appear on the mirror of your perception.”


204. “You gotta make a change. Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, lets change the way we eat, lets change the way we live, and lets change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so its on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.”


205. “The dream doesn’t lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.” – Alphonso Jackson


206. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth


207. “Follow the rules or follow the fools.” – Tupac Shakur


208. “I’m done talking since you’re not listening, continue to hang out with them nothing *ss b*tch*s, then!”


209. “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” – Tommy Hilfiger


210. “I live in hell. I have no friends. I never sleep. I can never close my eyes. Can you imagine what it’s like to be who I am?”


211. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Bill Vaughan


212. “Even the genius ask questions.”


213. “No matter how hard it gets, keep your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.”


214. “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”


215. “Reality is easy. It’s deception that’s the hard work.” – Lauryn Hill


216. “‘Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I’m sure. And if you fall, stand tall and come back for more.”


217. “People die, but legends live forever.”


218. “I’m dealing with a more military type of philosophy—to mix street life with respected, known, and proven military philosophy.”


219. “Focused, hard work is the real key to success.” – John Carmack


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


221. “It seems the rain’ll never let up. I try to keep my head up and still keep from gettin’ wet up.”


222. “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.”


223. “…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Süskind, writer


224. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln


225. “I think that we deserve a lot of respect, because you know in the ’60s, they changed a lot. And those teenagers were given respect, because they changed a lot, and they did a lot. We’re givin’ no respect and we have to do a lot, I mean the world—no secret, but the world is in bad shape. So, we have to do a lot of good things. So, I think we deserve a little bit more respect.”


226. “I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.”


227. “My life was lived through falling rain so call on me if there be pain.”


228. “My mama always told me, that if you can’t find something to live for, you best find something to die for.”


229. “Life’s a wheel of fortune and it’s my chance to spin it.” – Tupac Shakur


230. “When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.”


231. “America wants its respect.”


232. “Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anais Nin


233. “This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor… Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”


234. “There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”


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


236. “Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” – Iain Duncan Smith


237. “November, I’ll give thanks that you belong to me. December, you’re the present beneath my Christmas tree.” – Neil Sedaka


238. “When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character. You used to see rappers talking all that hard stuff, and then you see them in suits at the American Music Awards. I didn’t want to be that type.”


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


240. “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti


241. “That which does not kill me can only make me stronger.”


242. “Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.”


243. “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you” – Mark Cuban


244. “If my Valentine you won’t be; I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” – Ernest Hemingway


245. “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”


246. “Be an individual, work hard, study, get your mind straight, and trust nobody.”


247. “All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.”


248. “Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, and He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything.”


249. “I just think a hustler’s ambition is that I never stop. I start off hustling and said I’ll never stop hustling. An ambitious hustler is the one to hustle the hustlers. When I grew up, my heroes were hustlers. Now I’m their hero.” – Young Jeezy


250. “If we really are saying rap is an art form, then we got to be true to it and be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you saying, it don’t matter that you didn’t make them die, it just matters that you didn’t save them.”


251. “See, winners embrace hard work.” – Lou Holtz


252. “Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” – Anonymous


253. “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.”


254. “Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” – Byron Dorgan


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


256. “If I was white, I would be like John Wayne. I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play. Somebody who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, from poverty.”


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


258. “Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” – Andre Agassi


259. “I lost my hat while gazing at the moon, and then I lost my mind.”


260. “I have no fear. I have no m*th*f*ck*n fear. I have only ambition. I want mine, and I will do anything to feed and protect my family.”


261. “Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.”


262. “You gotta find a way to survive cause they win when your soul dies.” – Tupac Shakur


263. “My only fear of death is reincarnation” – Tupac Shakur


264. “Let them sleep while you grind. Let them party while you work. The difference will show.” – Unknown


265. “The way that my mother brought me up is, no lies, total truth, everything is real in society.”


266. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson


267. “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”


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


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


270. “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”


271. “I’m just as guilty for not doing nothing as I am for doing things. Not with this case, but just in my life. I had a job to do and I never showed up. I was so scared of this responsibility that I was running away from it.”


272. “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.”


273. “For every single dark night there is a brighter day.” – Tupac Shakur


274. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly


275. “That’s how knowledge works, it’s contagious.”


276. “Only God can judge me. 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 „


277. “The same crime element that white people are scared of black people are scared of. While they waiting for legislation to pass, we next door to the killer. All them killers they let out, they’re in that building. Just because we black, we get along with the killers? What is that?”


278. “Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle” – Ross Simmonds


279. “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 fall”


280. “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”


281. “Do You Love Me?”


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


283. “The Meaning of Love”


284. “Success for an athlete follows many years of hard work and dedication.” – Michael Diamond


285. “I’m living everyday like a hustle. Another drug to juggle. Another day, another struggle.” – Notorious BIG


286. “My entire life can be summed up in four word: I hustled. I conquered.” – Unknown


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


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


289. “Don’t think I don’t see you haters, I know y’all in disguise.”


290. “Let silence take you to the core of life.”


291. “God will judge my heart, Man will judge my actions.” – Tupac Shakur


292. “Just because you lost me as a friend doesn’t mean you gained me as an enemy. I’m bigger than that. I still wanna see you eat, just not at my table.”


293. “If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once.” – Tupac Shakur


294. “I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood-but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That’s bad.”


295. “Sometimes, when I’m alone, I cry, ‘cause I am on my own. The tears I cry are bitter and warm. They flow with life, but take no form. I cry because my heart is torn. I find it difficult to carry on. If I had an ear to confide in, I would cry among my treasured friends, but who do you know that stops that long, to help another carry on?”


296. “Many dreams are what we had and plenty of wishes.”


297. “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” – Margaret Mead


298. “Play the game, never let the game play you.” – Tupac Shakur


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


300. “It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes. Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other.”


301. “I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection.”


302. “My only fear of death is reincarnation.”


303. “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”


304. “Christmas tree stands are the work of the devil and they want you dead.” – (Bill Bryson)


305. “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” – Gary Vaynerchuk


306. “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 gets, stick your chest out, keep ya head up and handle it.”


307. “If somebody else blows up and I fade out that’s just how it’s supposed to be, that’s fate.”


308. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison


309. “Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, “Be more silent.” As that happens, your soul starts to revive.”


310. “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.”


311. “Things change that’s the way it is.” – Tupac Shakur


312. “Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.”


313. “The only thing that can kill me is death, that’s the only thing that can ever stop me, is death, and even then my music will live forever.”


314. “Hard work and a good education will take you further than any government program.” – Aaron Schock


315. “There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveller, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”


316. “What doesn’t kill me just makes me stronger.”


317. “You can’t cheat the grind, it knows how much you have invested, it won’t give you anything you haven’t worked for.” – Anonymous


318. “My mother had a really bad childhood, and my father had a bad childhood, and I had a bad childhood; but I love my childhood. Even though it was bad, I love it. I feel like it’s taught me so much. And I feel like nothing can faze me, you know nothing in this world, nothing can surprise me, it might set me back, but only momentarily, only to spring back.”


319. “I was the total opposite of what I am now. I was quiet, withdrawn, I read a lot, I wrote poetry.”


320. “The spirit is so near that you can’t see it! But reach for it… don’t be a jar, full of water, whose rim is always dry. Don’t be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.”


321. “I don’t have any formula. I just work with my heart, putting in a lot of hard work.” – Ranbir Kapoor


322. “I was letting people dictate who should be my friends. I felt like I couldn’t be friends with Madonna. And so I dissed her, even though she showed me nothing but love. I felt bad because when I went to jail, I called her and she was the only person that was willing to help me.”


323. “If you love someone, you are always joined with them – in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife.”


324. “Play the game, never let the game play you.”


325. “Real eyes, realize, real lies...”


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


327. “You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”


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


329. “Woke up screaming fuck the world.”


330. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.” – Gail Devers


331. “Hard work always pays off, whatever you do.” – Dustin Lynch


332. “Imperfection is inherited. Therefore, we all sin. But fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all.”


333. “Always be the hardest worker in the room” – Unknown


334. “There’s no way that Michael Jackson or whoever Jackson should have a million thousand droople billion dollars and then there are people starving. There’s no way!”


335. “Sometimes, life can be a heavy load.”


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


337. “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.” – Lou Holtz


338. “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.”


339. “Don’t ask me why, thank God, and ask me how.”


340. “There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see that’s 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.”


341. “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 gets, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”


342. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” — Larry Bird


343. “You gotta find a way to survive cause they win when your soul dies.”


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


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


346. “Whatever muscles I have are the product of my own hard work and nothing else.” – Evelyn Ashford


347. “Adults should go to school again.”


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


349. “When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that’s a really good feeling.” – Derek Jeter


350. “Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”


351. “I don’t understand how people can stand next to you one year, and next year, they cannot. They’re going crazy, screaming. They can’t take it that you’re there. But last year I was in the same club, walking around, lonely like a motherfucker. Couldn’t get a date or a dance. I was too skinny, too something, and now, ‘He’s just adorable. He’s just, oh!’„


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


353. “It took several years of hard work in small roles before I attained stardom.” – Bela Lugosi


354. “Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots.”


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


356. “Don’t look back unless it’s a good view.”


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


358. “Hip Hop was supposed to be this new thing that had no boundaries and was so different to everyday music. As long as it has soul to it, hip hop can live on.”.


359. “What we really want to do is get the pride back in the black community. I feel like if you can’t respect yourself, then you can’t respect one’s race, and then you can’t respect another’s race.”


360. “Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you are doing, and how they are doing, and keep your practices together.”


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


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


363. “We wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals. In turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun.”


364. “Now be silent. Let the One who creates the words speak. He made the door. He made the lock. He also made the key.”


365. “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.”


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


367. “Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” – Virat Kohli


368. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even 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 on.”


369. “Driven by my ambitions, desire higher positions.”


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


371. “I have had lots of luck in my career but there has also been a lot of hard work.” – Maria Sharapova


372. “I asked Santa to Put You Under My Tree This Morning. Where Are You? LOL”


373. “I have no companion but Love, no beginning, no end, no dawn. The soul calls from within me: ‘You, ignorant of the way of Love, set me free.”


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


375. “A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.” – Guy Kawasaki


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


377. “I think that rich people should live like poor people and poor people should live like rich people. And they should change every week. And we will have the best round of people.”


378. “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”


379. “When I meet successful people, I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.” – Kiana Tom


380. “How many caskets can we witness before we see it’s hard to live this life without God, so we must ask forgiveness.” – Tupac Shakur


381. “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.”


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


383. “I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.” – Charles Evans Hughes


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


385. “A Christmas tree–the perfect gift for a guy. The plant is already dead.” – (Jay Leno)


386. “Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die.” – Tupac Shakur


387. “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”


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


389. “Everybody that said I wasn’t nothing. My whole goal is to just make them ashamed that they wrote me off like that.”


390. “Sporting success doesn’t happen by accident. It takes hard work and determination on the part of the individual athletes. And it also takes investment in facilities and training support.” – Nicola Sturgeon


391. “Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.” – John J. Geddes


392. “I’m going to show people my true intentions and my true heart. I’m going to show them the man that my mother raised, and I’m going to make them all proud.”


393. “The best gifts in life will never be found under a Christmas tree, those gifts are friends, family, children, and the one you love.”


394. “Don’t complain. Just work harder” – Unknown


395. “Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”


396. “Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.”


397. “My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.” – Ronnie James Dio


398. “The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it” – Unknown


399. “What I want to do is form a society in which we can raise ourselves; so we can become our own father figures and the big homies can become their father figures and then you grow up then it’s your turn to be a father figure to another young brother. That’s where I want to start.”


400. “Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.” – ( Karl Kraus)


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


402. “I’m a firm believer in the hustle game.” – Eric Snow


403. “Forgive, but don’t forget.”


404. “You never stop loving someone. You just learn to live without them.” – Tupac Shakur


405. “This is supposed to be a melting pot but no one this learning from the others’ mistakes. And that’s weird. If we were all open, we would learn.”


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


407. “There is no substitute for hard work. There is a little luck along the way, but there is no substitute for really super-hard work, first in, last out. Mary Callahan Erdoesk. There is a little luck along the way, but there is no substitute for really super-hard work, first in, last out.” – Mary Callahan Erdoes


408. “Where there is a will, there is a will to search and discover a better day. Where a positive heart is all you need to rise beyond and succeed, where young minds grow and respect each other based on their deeds and not their color when times are dim say as I say, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way!’”


409. “I’m not trying to make people think I’m in here faking it, but my whole life is going to be about saving somebody.”


410. “I’m not a gangsta rapper. I rap about things that happen to me.”


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


412. “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.”


413. “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – Unknown


414. “I was letting people dictate who should be my friends. I felt like […] I couldn’t be friends with Madonna. And so I dissed her, even though she showed me nothing but love. I felt bad, because when I went to jail, I called her and she was the only person that was willing to help me.”


415. “They’ve got plastic Christmas trees now. They’re hard to tell from the real aluminum ones.” – Milton Berle


416. “I got a big mouth, I can’t help it. I talk from my heart, I’m real.”


417. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”


418. “Don’t be sad! Because God sends hope in the most desperate moments. Don’t forget, the heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds.”


419. “A Christian should resemble a fruit tree with real fruit, not a Christmas tree with decorations tied on” – John Stott


420. “Fear no man but only God.”


421. “Taking down the Christmas tree makes it feel official: time to get back to joyless and cynical.” – Greg Fitzsimmons


422. “Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you.”


423. “I’m not perfect, but I’ll always be real.”


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


425. “The excuse maker in Tupac is dead. The vengeful Tupac is dead. The Tupac that would stand by and let dishonorable things happen is dead. God let me live for me to do something extremely extraordinary, and that’s what I have to do.”


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


427. “It’s hard work making movies. It’s like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it’s emotional, tense work. If you don’t really love it, then it ain’t worth it.” – George Lucas


428. “Trust nobody.”


429. “My words are like a ship, and the sea is their meaning. Come to me and I will take you to the depths of spirit. I will meet you there.”


430. “I came to California to escape the violence, to escape New York.”


431. “Everything will be alright if you hold on. It’s a struggle every day, gotta roll on.”


432. “Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”


433. “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.”


434. “my beer drunk soul is sadder than all the dead Christmas trees of the world.” – Charles Bukowski


435. “Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen” – Unknown


436. “Don’t stay in bed unless you can make money in bed.” – George Burns


437. “Never expect anyone to give you what you want. Work hard, show some dedication and go get it yourself.” – Anonymous


438. “In their seeking, wisdom and madness are one and the same. On the path of love, friend and stranger are one and the same.”


439. “If they take half the buildings that they use to praise God and give it to the m*th*rf*ck*rs who need God, we’d be ‘aight.”


440. “I want to be remembered like Pete Rose ‘Charlie Hustle.’ I want people to say, ‘Wherever he was, he was always giving it his all.” – Walter Payton


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


442. “Work harder than you think you did yesterday” – Unknown


443. “I was given the responsibility before I wanted it. And now, I can’t really differentiate what great responsibility is, because I’ve had it for so long.”


444. “You either ride with us or collide with us.” – Tupac Shakur


445. “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”


446. “The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature.” -Andy Rooney


447. “My career has been successful, but it’s been a grind of hard work.” – Emmanuelle Chriqui


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


449. “Work hard! In the end, passion and hard work beats out natural talent.” – Pete Docter


450. “Study your lessons, don’t settle for less.”


451. “I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold blood, but to be set up by people who you trusted? That’s bad.”


452. “My legacy will leave a mark on the world and I shall never be forgotten for my good, bad, and ugly deeds.”


453. “You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three.” – Haile Gebrselassie


454. “Lovers have heartaches that can’t be cured by drugs or sleep, or games, but only by seeing their beloved.”


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


456. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”


457. “The illuminated life can happen now, in the moments left. Die to your ego, and become a true human being.”


458. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographers are worth a million.” – Tupac Shakur


459. “17 is such a weird age. it’s such a – and the middle age, you’re not 18 yet, and you’re older than 16. […] It’s like learning stage for me.”


460. “I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. The tree was planted in the middle of a great round table and towered high above their heads. It was brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers, and everywhere sparkled and glittered with bright objects.” – Unknown


461. “Ultimately, Santa is here to teach us about giving unconditionally. That’s why he visits so many children. But when kids get older they don’t need him as much because they have already learned the lesson and have started giving to others just as Santa gave to them.”


462. “Love is the water of life. Everything other than love for the most beautiful God is agony of the spirit, though it be sugar-eating. What is agony of the spirit? To advance toward death without seizing hold of the water of life.”


463. “Things change that’s the way it is.”


464. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison


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


466. “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.”


467. “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 fall.”


468. “School has taught me reading, which I love.”


469. “My hard work and excellent training entitled me to be a better actress than some of my competitors.” – Pola Negri


470. “Let the Lord judge the criminals.”


471. “To become spiritual, you must die to self, and come alive in the Lord. Only then will the mysteries of God fall from your lips. To die to self through self-discipline causes suffering but brings you everlasting life.”


472. “Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.” – Unknown


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


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


475. “Once people take time to find out who I really am you’d be surprised” – Tupac Shakur


476. “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”


477. “Be grateful for blessings.”


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


479. “The Christmas spirit that goes out with the dried-up Christmas tree is just as worthless.” – Unknown


480. “The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature. If some of our great decorated trees had been grown in a remote forest area with lights that came on every evening as it grew dark, the whole world would come to look at them and marvel at the mystery of their great beauty.” – Andy Rooney


481. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King


482. “We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


483. “All that you think is rain is not. Behind the veil angels sometimes weep.”


484. “I manage a toast to the Christmas tree and one to the sweet absurdity in the miracle of the verb to be. Lucky you, lucky me.” – Miller Williams


485. “There is no salvation for the soul but to fall in love. Only lovers can escape out of these two worlds.”


486. “Well, I realized finally that all of the hard work paid off.” – David Naughton


487. “What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.” – Don Zimmer


488. “I grew up with a Christmas tree, I’m going to stay with a Christmas tree.” – Thomas Menino


489. “Every need brings what’s needed. Pain bears its cure like a child. Having nothing produces provisions. Ask a difficult question, and the marvelous answer appears.”


490. “A warm, rainy day-this is how it feels when friends get together. Friend refreshes friend then, as flowers do each other’s, in a spring rain.”


491. “If you grew up happy, too happy […] I don’t think that prepares you for the world.”


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


493. “Invest in your dreams. Grind now. Shine later.”– Unknown


494. “For quiet times disappear; listen to the ocean.”


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


496. “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you pretty near.” — Margaret Thatcher


497. “You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk” – Alan Alda


498. “Of course I’m going to say, ‘I’m a thug,’ that’s because I came from the gutter and I’m still here!”


499. “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that.”


500. “Set goals. Say prayers. Work hard” – Unknown


501. “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.”


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


503. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


504. “At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.” -Thomas Tusser


505. “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone else” -Charles Schulz


506. “A woman bought you into this world, so you have no right to disrespect one.” – Tupac Shakur


507. “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.”


508. “People look to me to do things for them, to have answers. I wasn’t having them because my brain was half dead from smoking”


509. “I think hard work is what gets most people to the top.” – Rupert Sheldrake


510. “Why can’t the President take some of those people off the street and put them in his White House? Then he’ll have people from the street to help him with his ideas. They haven’t been homeless forever; they’ve done things for society.”


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


512. “My hustle is nonstop. I never stop hustling.” – Young Jeezy


513. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis.


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


515. “Whenever you get to win, you feel the satisfaction of all of your hard work, all the sacrifices, all the blood, sweat and tears. It feels right and makes you realise that you are really doing the right thing.” – Abby Wambach


516. “In my mind, I’m a blind man doin’ time.”


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


518. “To me, I am the hardest n*gg* out there ‘cause I am real. I cry when I need to, but I am real.”


519. “I’d like to show people that if you put the hard work in and you believe in yourself, then you can do whatever you want to.” – Oscar Pistorius


520. “The Christmas tree, twinkling with lights, had a mountain of gifts piled up beneath it, like offerings to the great god of excess.” – Tess Gerritsen


521. “You just can’t be calling us fakers, and pretenders, and non-creative, and say we can’t freestyle.”


522. “On the path of love, we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives. We are only a brush in the hand of the master painter.”


523. “I’m going to show people my true intentions and my true heart. I’m going to show them the man that my mother raised. I’m going to make them all proud.”


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


525. “I have a fear of public speaking. It’s very hard work. Words are not my skill, and because they’re not my skill, I have to work doubly hard.” – Kerry Stokes


526. “I’m not perfect. But I’ll always be real.”


527. “Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile.”


528. “If you grew up happy—too happy—I don’t think that prepares you for the world.”


529. “Everybody that said I wasn’t nothing… my whole goal is to just make them ashamed that they wrote me off like that.”


530. “Stop killing each other—let’s just smoke a blunt.”


531. “If we’re all saying that rap is an art form, then we gotta be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you’re saying, it don’t matter that you didn’t make them die, it just matters that you didn’t save them.”


532. “I exist in the depths of solitude pondering my true goal. Trying to find peace of mind and still preserve my soul.”


533. “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.”


534. “Don’t dismiss the heart, even if it’s filled with sorrow. God’s treasures are buried in broken hearts.”


535. “Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football.” -Roger Staubach


536. “Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”


537. “I think the youth should raise themselves since they got lofty ideas about what’s theirs and their rights, what they should deserve.”


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


539. “Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands looks for something, will find it.”


540. “Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die.”


541. “You can’t be a king until you’ve made yourself; Until you’ve done something. And I’ve accomplished my goals that made me a man. Now I feel like I’m a man, now I set out goals to make me a king. Not a king of anyone else but me. Nobody else is under my rule but me. I made my self into a king, now I need a queen to be happy so I can be a teacher and a father, I can’t be that until I find a queen-So I’m stuck in limbo.”


542. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama


543. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”


544. “It’s just me against the world.”


545. “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” – Anne Frank


546. “Since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from a woman. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cus if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one”


547. “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou


548. “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”


549. “The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.”


550. “This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children.”


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


552. “17 is such a weird age. It’s such a—and the middle age, you’re not 18 yet, and you’re older than 16. It’s like a learning stage for me.”


553. “Trust me I never lose. Either I win or learn from it.”


554. “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.” – Tupac Shakur


555. “Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.”


556. “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” – Vince Lombardi


557. “America is the biggest gang in the world”


558. “Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.”


559. “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”


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


561. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even 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**k on.”


562. “My life was lived through falling rain, so call on me if there be pain.”


563. “Everybody against me. Why? Why me? I have not brought violence to you, and I have not brought ‘Thug Life’ to America. I didn’t create ‘Thug Life.’ I diagnosed it.”


564. “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.”


565. “I enjoy hard work; I love setting goals and achieving them.” – Jewel


566. “As long as the music has the true to the heart soul, it can be hip hop. As long as it has soul to it, hip hop can live on.”


567. “Look at civilization, look at how we grew. We need to learn from our mistakes.”


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


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


570. “Stay in the game until the end of time.”


571. “If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.” -Anonymous


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


573. “If somebody else blows up and I fade out, that’s just how it’s supposed to be—that’s fate.”


574. “There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see that’s 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.”


575. “Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wild flowers will come up where you are.”


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


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


578. “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” (Eric Sevareid)


579. “There is only one way to success. It’s called hard work.” – Unknown


580. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


581. “Sorrow… It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”


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


583. “Santa only comes to those who believe. He doesn’t care if you believe in him or not, and he’s not trying to make anyone believe who doesn’t believe. If you don’t believe, he just skips your house.” (Jenn-Anne)


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


585. “This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There’s nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”


586. “My aim is to spread more smiles than tears.” – Tupac Shakur


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


588. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”


589. “The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”


590. “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.”


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


592. “The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” – Unknown


593. “I love Christmas tree bulbs, and I started putting them in my paintings. You’ve got to plug this painting in, and it’s got a rig in the back so that each one can be replaced if it burns out.” – David Lynch


594. “The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”


595. “In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”


596. “Don’t measure the height of your Christmas tree. Measure the abundance of the love present in your heart! Have a Blessed Christmas!”


597. “You gotta make a change. Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.”


598. “In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.”


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


600. “We probably in hell already, our dumb *ss*s not knowin’, everybody kissin’ *ss to go to heaven ain’t going.”


601. “Since my mother had a bad childhood, she knows the importance of being honest, and the importance of facing each situation as it comes, and not dealing in a fairy tale land, be realistic about the problem, and analyzing it and solve it, see what you can do to solve it.”


602. “Unconditional love. Talking ‘bout the stuff that don’t wear off, it don’t fade. It’ll last for a