86 Tupac Quotes That’ll Definitely Motivate You to Pursue Your Dreams

We need fuel to keep living and pushing in this competitive and tough world. The driving factor for us to keep standing even when we do feel like failing is simply our dreams, getting up and moving on shows how bad we really want to achieve this dream no matter what life throws at us.

Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper, actor and tagged as the best-selling music artist of all time. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide with his album All Eyez on Me (1996).

In this article, let’s re-live the life of one of the most influential rappers of all time with his wonderful quotes and sayings that could help you pursue your dream.

86 Tupac Quotes

1. “Don’t live to fight, fight to live.”

2. “Unconditional love. Talking ‘bout the stuff that don’t wear off, it don’t fade. It’ll last for all these crazy days, these crazy nights. Whether you wrong or you right, I’ma still love you, still feel you, still there for you. No matter what, you will always be in my heart with unconditional love.”

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

4. “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.”

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

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

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

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

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

10. “Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up. And when he tells you-you ain’t nothing, don’t believe him. And if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.”

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

12. “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.”

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

14. “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.”

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

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

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

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

19. “People die but legends live forever.”

20. “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.”

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

22. “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.”

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

24. “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.”

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

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

27. “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.”

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

29. “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.”

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

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

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

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

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

35. “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.”

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

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

38. “Let the Lord Judge the criminals.”

39. “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.”

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

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

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

43. “You know it’s funny when it rains it pours, they got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.”

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

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

46. “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

54. “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 fuck on.”

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

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

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

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

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

60. “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!”

61. “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.”

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

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

64. “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.”

65. “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.”

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

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

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

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

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

71. “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?”

72. “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.”

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

74. “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.”

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

76. “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.”

77. “The fake get in where they fit in, the real stand strong where they belong.”

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

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

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

81. “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.”

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

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

84. “Even the genius asks questions.”

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

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


The quotes mentioned above are from one of the most influential rappers America has ever produced, Tupac, they reflect not just his own struggles, setbacks and his life but also our own lives too.

He may be gone but his words and wisdom will live forever in our hearts, teaching us not to live to fight, but fight to live.

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