2. “Happiness is something you get from yourself. If you’re completely satisfied with yourself, nobody can take it away from you.” – RZA

3. “All I did was take my time, figure out where I made a lot of mistakes, and try not to make them no more.” – Raekwon

4. “It’s been taught that your worst enemy couldn’t harm you as much as your own wicked thoughts.” – RZA

5. “Inspiration is found everywhere if you look hard enough.” – RZA

6. “If you don’t know yourself, you don’t know your nature. If you don’t know your nature, you don’t know where to exist. By knowing your nature, knowing yourself, you know what to be and how to live. And that only comes from knowledge of self, knowing yourself.” – RZA

7. “Confusion is a gift from God. Those times when you feel most desperate for a solution, sit. Wait. The information will become clear. The confusion is there to guide you. Seek detachment and become the producer of your life.” – RZA

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8. “Peace is the absence of confusion.” – RZA

9. “We strivin’ for perfection.” – Raekwon

10. “Behind every fortune, there’s a crime.” – Method Man

11. “Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.” – Inspectah Deck

12. “When you devote yourself to being an artist, you have to stay on your craft and always try to get better and better.” – Raekwon

13. “I consider myself a genius because, when you talk about anything and everything, you a genius to me. It’s just about making it fire on top o’ more fire.” – Raekwon

14. “The better you get, the more your legacy shines. I always just try to go hard. If you don’t want to do it for real, don’t do it at all.” – Raekwon

15. “And as long as your cats are loyal to what y’all are standing for, and they know how to play the game, it should be no way you can lose. It’s about compromising; it’s about respecting one another’s position, and about going with your heart as far as what you believe in.” – Raekwon

16. “When you love what you do, more than likely everything is gonna just come out decent.” – Ghostface Killah

17. “I don’t think I have a favorite chess move, other than checkmate, because each move is part of a combination of other moves. Just like I don’t have a favorite piece, because they all work together.” – GZA

18. “Meditate on this. Don’t start your day with broken pieces of yesterday. It will definitely destroy your good today and ruin your great tomorrow.” – RZA

19. “To increase your lifeline, strengthen your heart.” – Ghostface Killah

20. “Things change. Nothing ever stays the same, yo. You ain’t never gonna stay 25 or 30 or 40. You always gonna change. Every day you change.” – Ghostface Killah

21. “I think most of my approach to life has been like that, to find order in chaos, to be in the middle of a bunch of things happening at the same time, but find focus.” – RZA

22. “Life comes when you have knowledge, wisdom, and understanding when you can see for real, touch, and feel for real, know for real. Then you are truly living.” – RZA

23. “Happiness: which is total and complete satisfaction with yourself. This means you realize that nothing and nobody else can make you happy.” – RZA

24. “You gotta have a schedule, you gotta have a team that’s passionate about seeing you do the things you say you wanna do. When it comes to delivering this, it takes a lot of work and I can’t do that on my own.” – Raekwon

25. “When I sit here and see that the eight brothers from the neighborhood that I grew up with still have success, it had to be magical.” – Raekwon

26. “The glorious days is gone, and everybody’s doing bad.” – Ghostface Killah

27. “Fear is a state of nervousness only fit for children.” – RZA

28. “Envy, , lust, and hate, separate.” – Method Man

29. “You’re out of luck like two dogs stuck.” – Ghostface Killah

30. “You can see the weakness of a man right through his iris.” – GZA

31. “Don’t wait till you die to go to heaven.” – RZA

32. “If you can’t hear, you ain’t with us.” – RZA

33. “I came to bring the pain hardcore from the brain.” – Method Man

34. “War’s extremely serious and it saddens me.” – Masta Killa

35. “Sunshine plays a major part in the daytime.” – Ghostface Killah

36. “Knowledge, know the ledge to where your heart is or fall off into the internal hell that’s uncharted.” – RZA

37. “I wanna sit behind the scenes and see nothin’ but the greens.” – Method Man

38. “It’s harder to make the glass than break the glass.” – RZA

39. “Curse to the wicked snakes who try to snatch the truth away, cursed be the ones who try to take our youth away.” – RZA

40. “I strive to be like the sun sitting in the middle of the solar system with all the planets spinning around it – millions of things going on. It’s just sitting there being the sun, but exerting gravitational effect on everything. I think man should look at himself that way.” – RZA

41. “Rap is a gimmick, but I’m for the hip-hop, the culture.” – Method Man

42. “I think a lot of people can learn from listening to hip hop. It ain’t always about beats and rhymes.” – Raekwon

43. “I think that’s a weak excuse, to say because a rapper’s getting older that he ain’t got it no more. Nah. Don’t go by that philosophy. Let’s just recognize that talent is within.” – Raekwon

44. “As an artist, it’s so important to create music that puts a chill through your body or does something to make you feel good. I think my album has a little bit of everything in it and that’s important to me.” – Raekwon

45. “You know the things I went through as a youngster, coming into the business, all the good, the bad, and the ugly that came. I’d had a rough life. I grew up single parent. My , she was like a father to me.” – Raekwon

46. “Regardless of how I or this man right here or anybody else in this business get when we walk on an airplane in first-class looking like this, we’re gonna get searched.” – Method Man

47. “Since I was eight years old. I didn’t have a TV, so comic books were definitely my television, my soap operas, and all that.” – Method Man

48. “Decay is inevitable, but death is not.” – RZA

49. “I don’t think a computer can process information to even 10% of what the human brain does. The brain’s got mad sh*t going on in your body right now.” – RZA

50. “Do I let my children listen to my music? Of course, I do. Shoot, the worst curse is a lie.” – Ol’ Dirty B*st*rd

51. “The first person you have to resurrect is yourself.” – RZA

52. “No matter where you from, there’s ghettos all over the place.” – Method Man

53. “When we neglect others out of superficial wisdom, fake respect, phony knowledge—we tell ourselves it’s their life; we say it’s not our responsibility; we don’t want to get involved. F*ck that. Get involved. Or we’ll all feel the pain.” – RZA

54. “Look here: ‘mo’ money, mo’ problems,’ my *ss. You’re a naive cat if you still believe that.” – Ol’ Dirty B*st*rd

55. “Cash rules everything around me: cream, get the money. Dollar, dollar bill y’all.” – Method Man and Inspectah Deck

56. “Take a sip from the cup of death. And when you’re shaking my right hand, I’ll stab you with the left.” – Ol’ Dirty B*st*rd

57. “Light is provided through sparks of energy. From the mind that travels in rhyme form. Giving sight to the blind.” – Masta Killa

58. “Working hard may help you maintain to learn to overcome the heartaches and pain.” – Inspectah Deck

59. “I got mouths to feed, unnecessary beef is more cows to breed.” – GZA

60. “Sometimes I look up at the stars and analyze the sky, and ask myself: was I meant to be here? Why?” – Ghostface Killah

61. “Why is the sky blue? Why is water wet? Why did Judas rat to Romans while Jesus slept?” – GZA

62. “Leave it up to me while I be livin’ proof. To kick the truth to the young black youth.” – Inspectah Deck

63. “If you can’t live, you dying, you give or you buy in. Keep it real or keep it moving, keep grinding, keep shining.” – Raekwon

64. “A day to God is a thousand years. Men walk around with a thousand fears.” – RZA

65. “The true joy of love brings a thousand tears in the world of desire, there’s a thousand snares.” – RZA

66. “Homicide’s illegal and death is the penalty. What justifies the homicide, when he dies in his own iniquity?” – Masta Killa

67. “You no good? Then just practice, cause practice makes perfect. Stop burying your lies, and bring the truth to the surface.” – Ghostface Killah

68. “How do I say goodbye? It’s always the good ones that have to die.” – RZA

69. “My thoughts must be relaxed, be able to maintain cause times is changed and life is strange.” – Ghostface Killah

70. “You don’t know me and you don’t know my style.” – Method Man

71. “I call my brother ‘Sun’ cause he shine like one.” – Method Man

72. “They say wisdom is the wise words spoken by a brother attempting to open the graves of these mentally dead slaves.” – RZA

73. “‘Truth out of season bears no fruit.’ To me, that means two things. One: there’s a time and place for every kind of knowledge to flourish. Two: the personal characteristics of great messengers are usually irrelevant.” – RZA

74. “I’m taking one for the team. Like Martin Luther King, taking one for a dream.” – Method Man

75. “I think there are a lot of dudes out there that are runnin’ out of gas. Some of my favorites, even ones I look up to. I haven’t been fully impressed with their dynamics of makin’ a body of work that makes sense to me.” – Raekwon

76. “I mean, I love myself; I am the king on the board, but other pieces do different things and they all work together, so it’s not one particular move unless it’s checkmate because usually there’s an answer. You know, chess is about questions and answers.” – GZA

77. “So love, like wisdom, dissolves you and then resolves you. It breaks down your ego and puts you back together again properly.” – RZA

78. “Valentine cards and birthday wishes? Please, be on another level of planning, of understanding the bond between man and woman and child. The highest elevation, cause we above all, that romance crap, just show your love.” – Method Man

79. “In a way, when TV went digital, we lost a foothold in reality. Now, we’ll never truly know if what we’re watching is real or has been altered and transmitted to us. Digital culture brought a step away from truth.” – RZA

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