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200 Kanye West Quotes That’ll Open Your Mind

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1. “If you have the opportunity to play this game of life, you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.”

2. “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me as if there’s a one size fits all standard for happiness.” 

3. “The more they talk about our love, the more they make it obvious.” 

4. “We all self-conscious. I’m just the first to admit it.” 

5. “People always say that you can’t please everybody. I think that’s a cop-out. Why not attempt it? ‘Cause think of all the people you will please if you try.” 

6. “Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God, and keep your face to the rising sun.” 

7. “I will go down as the voice of this generation—of this decade. I will be the loudest voice.” 

8. “I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” 

9. “I bet no one knew. I got no one new. I know I said I’m through, but got love for you.” 

10. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.” 

11. “For me, you know, I’m a creative genius, and there’s no other way to word it.”

12. “Nothing in life is promised except death.” 

13. “My goal, if I was going to do art—fine art—would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone who has done so much, and that’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.” 

14. “Know your worth! People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.” 

15. “The good outweighs the bad even on your worst day.”

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16. “I’m a human being. I’ve got opinions, I’m not always right, I’m not always on time, I don’t always say things in the proper way, but my intentions are always extremely pure.”

17. “My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.”

18. “Woke up an optimist, sun was shining, I’m positive.”

19. “People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.”

20. “On a bathroom wall I wrote: ‘I’d rather argue with you than to be with someone else.'”

21. “Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.”

22. “If I was just a fan of music, I would think that I was the number one artist in the world.”

23. “You see, if you ever wanted to ever be anything, there’d always be somebody that shoots down any dream. There’ll always be haters. That’s the way it is.”

24. “But I’m a champion, so I turned tragedy to triumph.”

25. “Never was much of a romantic. I could never take the intimacy. And I know I did damage.” 

26. “I am Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh.”

27. “Art is to be free. Design is to fix.”

28. “For me, money is not my definition of success. Inspiring people is a definition of success.”

29. “Here’s something that’s contrary to popular belief—I actually don’t like thinking. I think people think I like to think a lot, and I don’t. I do not like to think at all.”

30. “Everything I’m not made me everything I am. Everything I am.”

31. “Let’s go on a living spree. They say the best things in life are free.”

32. “We came into a broken world, and we’re the cleanup crew.”

33. “I can analyze people’s intentions—immediately. That’s just a warning to everyone.”

34. “All these walls that keep us from loving each other as one family or one race—racism, religion, where we grew up, whatever, class, socioeconomic—what makes us be so selfish and prideful, what keeps us from wanting to help the next man, what makes us be so focused on a personal legacy as opposed to the entire legacy of a race.”

35. “I still think I am the greatest.”

36. “People always tell you, ‘Be humble. Be humble.’ When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome!”

37. “I know I got angels watchin’ me from the other side.”

38. “You don’t have to be scared of me because I am loyal. Why are people so scared of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good.” 

39. “I just want people to be the best thems and live the happiest lives possible.”

40. “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”

41. “The time is now. The time is now to express yourself. The time is now to believe in yourself.”

42. “I’m really bad with answering questions. Usually, I don’t even answer them. I try to find inspiration inside of the question. I think and I jump from one beam of inspiration or energy to the next, as opposed to explaining the energy.”

43. “People will have a problem with whatever you do. At the end of the day, nobody can determine what you need to do in order to be successful, and why would you listen to someone who is not successful tell you what you need to do?”

44. “Success is really being able to do things for others, as well as the people around you, and yourself.”

45. “I would find you in any lifetime.”

46. “Success is the best revenge.”

47. “I’m inspired by . I’m inspired by Howard Hughes. I’m inspired by Henry Ford. I’m inspired by Steve Jobs. I mean, I’m inspired by James Perse.”

48. “Our work is never over.”

49. “The most genius thing about the way I create is to create with other geniuses.”

50. “Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.”

51. “The risk for me would be in not taking one—that’s the only thing that’s really risky for me.”

52. “It’s not ‘can.’ It’s ‘will.’ You have to will things into fruition.”

53. “I’m not always going to say things the perfect way, the right way. But I’m going to say how I feel.”

54. “I feel that I’m very blessed, but with great blessings come great responsibility.”

55. “I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and the connector.”

56. “I am flawed as a human. I am flawed as a person. As a man, I am flawed, but my music is perfect!”

57. “Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.” 

58. “I’m on the pursuit of awesomeness. Excellence is the bare minimum.” 

59. “I’m not comfortable with comfort. I’m only comfortable when I’m in a place where I’m constantly learning and growing.” 

60. “Recognize and embrace your flaws so you can learn from them. Sometimes, it takes a little polishing to truly shine.”

61. “People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”

62. “I’m pretty calculating. I take stuff that I know appeals to people’s bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.”

63. “I don’t care about what people think because people don’t think.”

64. “I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever.”

65. “If I don’t scream, if I don’t say something, then no one’s going to say anything.”

66. “I care. I care about everything. Sometimes, not giving a f*ck is caring the most.” 

67. “My greatest award is what I’m about to do.” 

68. “I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying.”

69. “For me, giving up is harder than trying.”

70. “I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem or use my arrogance as a steam to power my dreams.”

71. “I don’t use blue. I don’t like it. It bugs me out. I hate it.”

72. “It’s like this, by not giving my album a classic rating, you diminish your magazine’s credibility, and that’s real.”

73. “I am a God, so hurry up with my damn massage in a French-ass restaurant, hurry up with my damn croissants.”

74. “I just think that when my confidence meets other people’s insecurity, that equals ‘Kanye’s arrogant.'”

75. “I was never really good at anything, except for the ability to learn.”

76. “50 is ‘s favorite rapper. I’m my favorite rapper.”

77. “There’s a lack of people in power that are motivated by the idea of helping people.”

78. “Fashion is merely an opinion, and I’ve got a lot of opinions.”

79. “They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus, that means guns, sex, lies, videotapes. But if I talk about God, my record won’t get played, huh?”

80. “I’m giving all that I have in this life. I’m opening up my notebook, and I’m saying everything in there out loud.”

81. “Most people are slowed down by the perception of themselves. If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything. I was taught I can do everything.”

82. “I always feel like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by—thoughts and perceptions of yourself.”

83. “You can’t look at a glass half full or empty if it’s overflowing.” 

84. “I want people to feel like it’s okay to create. It’s okay to not be boxed in. I want people to feel like awesome is possible.” 

85. “You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.”

86. “I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.”

87. “Shoot for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud.”

88. “We’re not always in the position that we want to be at. We’re constantly growing. We’re constantly making mistakes. We’re constantly trying to express ourselves and trying to actualize our dreams.”

89. “When I think of competition, it’s like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids.”

90. “Keep risin’ ’til the sky knows your name.”

91. “Each night, before you go to bed, my baby, whisper a little prayer for me. And tell all the stars above, this is dedicated to the one I love.”

92. “Love your haters. They’re your biggest fans.”

93. “Y’all are acting like this ain’t the most beautiful woman of all time. Wait a second, wait a second—I’m talking about arguably of human existence. The top 10 of human existence. I don’t give a f*ck what type of jacket she got on.”

94. “Memories have to be our most painful blessing.”

95. “They say that people in your life are seasons, and everything that happens is for a reason.”

96. “Thirty-three years old, still creating art. It’s rage, it’s creativity, it’s pain, it’s hurt, but it’s the opportunity to still have my voice get out there through music.”

97. “Sometimes, people write novels, and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed.”

98. “There was a time Michael Jackson couldn’t get his video on MTV because he was considered to be ‘urban.’ The Michael Jackson. So, I literally have to be the Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break down the doors for everyone who will come after I’m gone, after I’m dead.”

99. “Why, if someone is good in one field, can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields?”

100. “I didn’t want to play it boring and safe. I also didn’t want to innovate too much. Second albums, man, they’re even scarier than first ones.”

101. “I would hear stories about Steve Jobs and feel like he was at 100% exactly what he wanted to do, but I’m sure, even a Steve Jobs has compromised. Even a Rick Owens has compromised. You know, even a Kanye West has compromised. Sometimes, you don’t even know when you’re being compromised ’till after the fact, and that’s what you regret.”

102. “I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney, and human beings that we’ve seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka, and welcome to my chocolate factory.”

103. “There’s nothing I really wanted to do in life that I wasn’t able to get good at. That’s my skill.”

104. “So, the voices in my head told me to go, and then, I just walked up, like, halfway up the stage. But, I just didn’t really want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having to talk. It was kind of a joke—like the Grammys themselves.”

105. “Whoa, by 50%, I am more influential than Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul, Picasso. F*ck*ng Picasso and Escobar. By 50%, more influential than any other human being.”

106. “When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”

107. “I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.”

108. “One of the problems with being a bubbling source of creativity—it’s like I’m bubbling in a laboratory, and if you don’t put a cap on it, at one point, it will, like, break the glass. If I can hone that then, I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.”

109. “I’m a designer. A musician. A manager. The media try to dishumanise people who believe in themselves.”

110. “I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing, I react just like a jock—look at the f*ck*ng drawing right there, yeah! We’re all creatives here. We’re all born artists.” 

111. “You weren’t perfect, but you made life worth it.”

112. “Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?”

113. “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.”

114. “Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly.”

115. “I want the world to be better! All I want is positive! All I want is dopeness!”

116. “For me to have the opportunity to stand in front of a bunch of executives and present myself, I had to hustle in my own way. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was that they didn’t get that. No joke—I’d leave meetings crying all the time.”

117. “You’ve got to be really dialed into exactly who you are to the one-hundredth power, or you’re just like everyone else.”

118. “ changed so much in basketball. He took his power to make a difference. It’s so much going on in music right now, and somebody has to make a difference.”

119. “Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there’s no criticism. That means you’re too safe.”

120. “You should only believe about 90% of what I say. As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all. I could be completely f*ck*ng with you and the world the entire time.”

121. “People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this, and get a haircut, and be in the club in the freezing cold at three a.m., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic.”

122. “Life is 5% what happens, and 95% how you react.” 

123. “Even a broke clock is right twice a day.”

124. “For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I’d just be lying to you and to myself.” 

125. “I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go. I’m like a machine. I’m a robot. You cannot offend a robot.”

126. “Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the internet.”

127. “Bravery and courage is walking into pain and knowing that something better is on the other side.”

128. “I refuse to follow the rules where society tries to control people with low self-esteem.”

129. “I don’t expect to be understood at all.”

130. “The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?”

131. “I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”

132. “If you read books—which I don’t, none at all—about how to become a billionaire, they always say, ‘You learn more from your mistakes.’ So, if you learn from your mistakes, then I’m a f*ck*ng genius.”

133. “I’m the closest that hip-hop is getting to God. In some situations, I’m like a ghetto Pope.”

134. “They say your attitude determines your latitude.”

135. “Society has put up so many boundaries, so many limitations on what’s right and wrong that it’s almost impossible to get a pure thought out. It’s like a little kid, a little boy, looking at colors, and no one told him what colors are good before somebody tells you, you shouldn’t like pink because that’s for girls, or you’d instantly become a gay two-year-old. Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better color. Everyone’s born confident, and everything’s taken away from you.”

136. “So I hope that there are people out there laughing. Laugh loud, please. Laugh until your lungs give out because I will have the last laugh.”

137. “Our focus needs to be less on what our legacy’s going to be, or how we can control each other, and more how we can give to each other.”

138. “I would say my determination is way higher than my smartness.”

139. “When we die, the money we can’t keep, But we probably spend it all ’cause the pain ain’t cheap.”

140. “You may be talented, but you’re not Kanye West.”

141. “The prettiest people do the ugliest things.” 

142. “People never change. They just become better at hiding who they really are.”

143. “It’s about whatever I want to make it about. It’s my world.”

144. “If you know you’re the best, it only makes sense for you to surround yourself with the best.”

145. “Beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them as luxury.”

146. “I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It’s like cursing. I think the world can be saved through design because what is the most distasteful thing someone can do? Kill someone. So, good taste is the opposite of that.”

147. “As we live, our hearts turn colder, ’cause pain is what we go through as we become older. We get insulted by others, lose trust for those others. We get backstabbed by friends. It becomes harder for us to give others a hand. We get our heart broken by people we love, even that we give them all we have, then we lose family over time. What else could rust the heart more over time?”

148. “You basically can say anything to someone in an email or text, as long as you put ‘LOL’ at the end.”

149. “You got a new friend, well, I got homies.”

150. “I’m a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit, and I go to Harold’s for fried . It’s all these things at once because, as a tastemaker, I find the best of everything.”

151. “In Paris, you’re as far as possible from the land of pleasant smiles.”

152. “I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.'”

153. “The dinosaurs aren’t remembered for much more than their bones. When humanity’s gone, what do we give to this little planet that we’re on, and what could we do collectively, removing the pride?”

154. “I don’t think there’s a living celebrity with more weapons formed against him, but I don’t think there’s one more prosperous.”

155. “As kids, we used to laugh. Who knew that life would move this fast?”

156. “If you see a black family, it’s looting, but if it’s a white family, they are looking for food.” 

157. “Black people can be the most conservative, the most discriminating. Especially among ourselves. It wasn’t white people who said all black men have to wear baggy jeans.”

158. “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But, if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.”

159. “Sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win.”

160. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

161. “For me, first of all, dopeness is what I like the most. Dopeness. People who want to make things as dope as possible and, by default, make money from it.”

162. “I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that ‘already flying and now, we’re just flying together’ thing.”

163. “This is my life, homey. You decide yours.”

164. “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay Z was allowed to become Jay Z.”

165. “Oh my God, I’m one of the greatest rappers in the world.'”

166. “I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I’m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis, you know, that liked nice things too.”

167. “I am so credible, and so influential, and so relevant that I will change things.”

168. “Just imagine if I woke up one day, and I was whack. What would I do then?”

169. “Why everything that’s supposed to be bad make me feel so good?”

170. “We’re a blip in the existence of the universe, and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other.”

171. “If we go on your iPhone, and go to the dictionary, and look up ‘humble,’ 80% of the definition is negative. It’s a controlling word. It’s a way to control the masses and to control the sheep.”

172. “One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”

173. “I think business has to be stupider. I want to do really straightforward, stupid business—just talk to me like a 4-year-old, and I refuse to negotiate. I do not negotiate. I can collaborate. But I’m an artist, so as soon as you negotiate, you’re being compromised.”

174. “I’m exhausted, barely breathing. Holding on to what I believe in. No matter what, you’ll never take that from me. My reign is as far as your eyes can see.”

175. “There’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a—what’s the fish that blows up? I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark. I’m a blowfish.”

176. “Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermès factory. Sh*t is real.”

177. “I don’t want to say these really big, over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted.”

178. “The weather’s so breezy, man. Why can life always be this easy?”

179. “I hate when I’m on a flight, and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like, oh great, now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.”

180. “I ain’t here to argue about his facial features or here to convert atheists into believers. I’m just trying to say the way school needs teachers, the way Kathie Lee needed Regis, that’s the way yall need Jesus.”

181. “I’ve known my since I was zero years old. She is quite dope.”

182. “I don’t personally like suit jackets anymore. I especially hate suit jackets on women. That was a groundbreaking idea five million years ago!”

183. “I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, ‘What’s your boy got on?’ But there are warriors that have killed people in kilts in the past.”

184. “I like tee shirts and women in yoga pants. I live in LA. That’s what some people wear, not sure why someone would put a suit jacket with that.”

185. “I believe in myself like a five-year-old believes in himself. They say, ‘Look at me, look at me!’ Then they do a flip in the backyard. It won’t even be that amazing, but everyone will be clapping for them.”

186. “God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down.”

187. “Let the music defuse all the tension.”

188. “Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive.”

189. “The plan was to drink until the pain is over. But, what’s worse—the pain or the hangover?”

190. “I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.”

191. “I jog in Lanvin.”

192. “I’m going to be the Tupac of clothing.”

193. “If y’all fresh to death, then I’m deceased.”

194. “Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on.”

195. “Being fresh is more important than having money.”

196. “I don’t know what’s better gettin’ laid or gettin’ paid.”

197. “I love sleep. It’s my favorite.”

198. “I definitely think, generally, rap is misogynistic.”

199. “I’ve been saying how I feel at the wrong time.”

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