215 Tupac Shakur Quotes About Love & Thug Life

On July 16, 1971, a baby boy was born to Afeni Shakur who would go on to change the entire history of hip-hop and rap music. Tupac Shakur is one of the most celebrated rappers of modern times, even decades after he was assassinated in a drive-by shooting in 1996.

Tupac influenced the black community of America with his powerful and self-empowering lyrics. He openly spoke about racial injustice, income disparity, and societal issues troubling the city ‘ghettos’ to millions around the world.

In his 5-year career as a musician, Tupac sold millions of albums worldwide, seven of which were released after his death. He became the first artist to secure the top spot on Billboard 200 chart while still in prison.

To this day, Tupac’s legacy continues to live on with his impactful lyrics and fragments of poems. With that in mind, let’s dive deep into the troubled world of Tupac Shakur with his best quotes and sayings:

Tupac Shakur Quotes On Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.) “I would rather be stricken blind, than to live without expression of mind.” – Tupac Shakur

9.) “People die but legends live forever.” – Tupac Shakur

10.) “Many dreams are what we had and plenty wishes.” – Tupac Shakur

11.) “For quiet times disappear listen to the ocean.”― Tupac Shakur

12.) “You gotta learn to hold your own.” – Tupac Shakur, Changes

13.) “I guess change is good for any of us.” ― Tupac Shakur

14.) “A coward dies a thousand times, a soldier dies but once.” – Tupac Shakur

15.) “The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.” – Tupac Shakur

16.) “I think being humble is sexy.” – Tupac Shakur

17.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

18.) “If somebody else blows up and I fade out that’s just how it’s supposed to be, that’s fate.” – Tupac Shakur

19.) “I started seeing my situation and what got me here. Even though I’m innocent of the charge they gave me, I’m not innocent in terms of the way I was acting.” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

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

23.) “Sometimes life can be a heavy load.” – Tupac Shakur, Hail Mary

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

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

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

27.) “If you grew up happy, too happy […] I don’t think that prepares you for the world.” – Tupac Shakur

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

29.) “I don’t want to be a role model. I just want to be someone who says, this is who I am, this is what I do, I say what’s on my mind.” – Tupac Shakur

30.) “I came to California to escape the violence, to escape New York.” –
Tupac Shakur

31.) “My life was lived through falling rain, so call on me if there be pain.” – Tupac Shakur

32.) “For a woman it ain’t easy tryin’ to raise a man.” – Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama

33.) “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

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

35.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

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

37.) “No matter what these people say about me, my music does not glorify any image, my music is spiritual if you listen to it. It’s all about emotion, it’s all about life.” – Tupac Shakur

38.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

39.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

40.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

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

42.)  “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.” – Tupac Shakur

43.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

44.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

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Inspirational Tupac Shakur Quotes

47.) “If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day.” – Tupac Shakur

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

49.) “Even the genius ask questions.” – Tupac Shakur

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

51.) “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

52.) “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?” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

55.) “I want to learn from my mistakes.” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

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

59.) “Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers.” – Tupac Shakur, Changes

60.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

61.) “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” – Tupac Shakur

62.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

63.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

64.) “Only God can judge me.” – Tupac Shakur

65.) “As long as the music has the true to the heart soul it can be hip hop. As long it has soul to it, hip hop can live on.” – Tupac Shakur

66.) “To all the seeds that follow me protect your essence, Born with less, but you still precious.” – Tupac Shakur

67.)  “I feel like Black Jesus got his hands on me and guided me through life to put me where I’m supposed to be.” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

70.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

71.) “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

72.) “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”. – Tupac Shakur

73.) “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, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, don’t ask me why thank god, and ask me how” – Tupac Shakur

74.) “Everything will be alright if you hold on
It’s a struggle every day, gotta roll on.” – Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama

75.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

76.) “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

Tupac Shakur Quotes On Thug Life

77.) “If God wanted me to be quiet he would’ve never showed me what he does.” – Tupac Shakur

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

79.) “Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I’m sure. And if you fall, stand tall and come back for more.” – Tupac Shakur

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

81.) “It don’t stop ’til the casket drop.” – Tupac Shakur

82.) “Out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin.”― Tupac Shakur

83.) “I got a big mouth, I can’t help it. I talk from my heart, I’m real.” – Tupac Shakur

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

85.) “I’ll probably be punished for hard living.” – Tupac Shakur

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

87.) “Everytime I speak, I want the truth to come out. Everytime I speak I want a shiver.” – Tupac Shakur

88.) “Hoping they bury me with ammunition, weed, and shells. Just in case…” – Tupac Shakur

89.) “Fear no man but only God.” – Tupac Shakur

90.) “When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.” – Tupac Shakur

91.) “They ordered the extermination of all minds they couldn’t control.” ― Tupac Shakur

92.) “I did not want to become the victim, so became the bully.” – Tupac Shakur

93.) “If I was white I would have been like John Wayne… I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play.” – Tupac Shakur

94.) “Hate to sound sleazy, but tease me, I don’t want it if that easy.” – Tupac Shakur

95.) “I’m doing this for the kid who truly leads a ‘thug life’ and thinks it’s HOPELESS.” – Tupac Shakur

96.) “Just cause you live in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow.” – Tupac Shakur

97.) “We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.” – Tupac Shakur

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

99.) “As wars come and go, my soldier stays eternal.”― Tupac Shakur

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

101.) “I hate the man in the mirror ’cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.” – Tupac Shakur

102.) “Watch for phonies, keep your enemies close, watch your homies.” – Tupac Shakur

103.) “Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here cause even thugs cry, but do the Lord care?” – Tupac Shakur

104.) “No thank you to all the bustas, cowards, and FAKE HOMIES who showed me the depths of jealousy, envy and greed.” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

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

108.) “To me, I am the hardest Nigga out there cause I am real I cry when I need to but I am real.” – Tupac Shakur

109.) “The fake get in where they fit in, the real stand strong where they belong.” – Tupac Shakur

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

111.) “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

112.) “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

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

114.) “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.” ― Tupac Shakur

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

116.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur Song Quotes

117.) “There’s no way I can pay you back, but the plan
Is to show you that I understand: you are appreciated.” – Tupac Shakur, Dear mama

118.) “It seems the rain’ll never let up
I try to keep my head up and still keep from gettin’ wet up.” –Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

119.) “To be a soldier, must maintain composure at ease/ Though, life is complicated, only what you make it to be.” – Tupac Shakur, Ambitionz Az A Ridah

120.) “I know you’re fed up, ladies, but keep ya head up.” – Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

121.) “It’s thug in my veins, I’m loyal to the game.” – Tupac Shakur, Loyal To The Game

122.) “I feel like Black Jesus got his hands on me and guided me through life to put me where I’m supposed to be.” – Tupac Shakur

123.) “Time to question our lifestyle, look how we live.” – Tupac Shakur, Better Days

124.) “I reminisce on the stress I caused, it was hell/ Hugging on my mama from a jail cell.” – Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama

125.) “And now i’m like a major threat, ‘Cause I remind you of the things you were made to forget.” – Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me

126.) “Don’t think I don’t see you haters, I know y’all in disguise.” – Tupac Shakur, Only God Can Judge Me

127.) “Recollect your thoughts, don’t get caught up in the mix.” – Tupac Shakur, Only God Can Judge Me

128.) “Be grateful for blessings.” – Tupac Shakur, Me Against The World

129.) “I realize Mama really paid the price/ She nearly gave her life to raise me right.” – Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

130.) “Look to my future, ‘cause my past is all behind me.” – Tupac Shakur, Only God Can Judge Me

131.) “I’m a self-made millionaire.” – Tupac Shakur, I’m A Self-Made Millionaire

132.)  “You doing your job every day/ And then you work so hard til your hair turns gray.” – Tupac Shakur, 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted

133.) “Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west.” –Tupac Shakur, California Love

134.) “I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere/ Unless we share with each other.” – Tupac Shakur, Changes

135.) “And peace to this young warrior without the sound of guns.” – Tupac Shakur, Ghetto Gospel

136.) “Driven by my ambitions, desire higher positions.” – Tupac Shakur, Unconditional Love

137.) “Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic.” – Tupac Shakur, Me Against The World

138.) “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.” — Tupac Shakur, Changes

139.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

140.) “They punish the people that’s askin’ questions
And those that possess steal from the ones without possessions
The message I stress: to make it stop, study your lessons
Don’t settle for less, even the genius asks his questions.” – Tupac Shakur, Me Against The World

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Tupac Shakur Quotes On Love

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

142.) “Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place.” – Tupac Shakur, Hail Mary

143.) “You can never “just be friends” with someone you fall in love with.” – Tupac Shakur

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

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

146.) “I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection” – Tupac Shakur

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

148.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

149.) “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

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

151.) “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?” – Tupac Shakur

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

149.) “If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions.” – Tupac Shakur

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

155.) “Even warriors put their spears down on Sundays.” – Tupac Shakur

156.) “Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots.”― Tupac Shakur

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

158.) “It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other.” – Tupac Shakur, Changes

159.) “Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.” – Tupac Shakur

160.) “I heard a rumor I died  murdered in cold blood dramatized pictures of me in my final state You know mama cried But that was fiction Some coward got the story twisted Like I no longer existed Mysteriously missin’ I’m known worldwide baby I ain’t hard to find.” – Tupac Shakur

161.) “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.”― Tupac Shakur

162.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

163.) “When I was alone, and had nothing I asked for a friend to help me bear the pain No one came, except God When I needed a breath to rise, from my sleep No one could help me.. except God When all I saw was sadness, and I needed answers No one heard me, except God So when I’m asked.. who I give my unconditional love to? I look for no other name, except God”– Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Shakur Quotes On Society

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

165.) “Heart of a solider with a brain to teach your whole nation.” – Tupac Shakur

166.) “And did you ever stop to think that im old enough to go to war but i aint old enough to drink.”― Tupac Shakur

167.) “I’m a reflection of the community.” – Tupac Shakur

168.) “Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?” – Tupac Shakur

169.) “Time to heal our women, be real to our women.” – Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

170.) “Do everything you can to make it around the system, over the system, or out the system.” – Tupac Shakur

171.) “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

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

173.) “Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”– Tupac Shakur 

174.) “Stop killing each other – let’s just smoke a blunt.” – Tupac Shakur

175.) “In my death, people will understand what I was talking about.” – Tupac Shakur

176.) “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

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

178.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

179.) “You know it’s funny when it rains it pours. They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.” ― Tupac Shakur

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

181.) “I was the total opposite of what I am now. I was quiet, withdrawn, I read a lot, I wrote poetry.” —on his childhood.” – Tupac Shakur

182.) “America wants its respect.” – Tupac Shakur

183.) “What people do for the struggle of power is madness.” – Tupac Shakur

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

185.) “I feel close to Marvin Gaye, Vincent van Gogh, because nobody appreciated his work until he was dead. Now it’s worth millions.” – Tupac Shakur

186.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

187.) “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

188.) “I was raised in this society so you can’t expect me to be a perfect person cause Ima do what Ima do.” – Tupac Shakur

189.) “Everything in life is not all beautiful, not all fun. There is lots of killing and drugs. To me, a perfect album talks about the hard stuff and the fun and caring stuff.” – Tupac Shakur

190.) “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” – Tupac Shakur

191.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

192.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

193.) “I am a 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.” – Tupac Shakur

194.) “I think the MTV generation is the next generation to come and the best generation that we’ve had thus far. They’re starting to see the mistakes; they’re starting to try to check it.” – Tupac Shakur

195.) “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

196.) “Start making 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.” – Tupac Shakur

197.) “I rap about fighting back. I make it uncomfortable by putting details to it. It might not have been politically correct but I’ve reached somebody; They relating to me. They relate to the brutal honesty in the rap.” – Tupac Shakur

198.) “This is a big question and no one’s been able to answer it and this is staggering. How can President Reagan live in the White House, which has a lot of rooms, and there be homelessness? And he’s talking about helping the homeless.” – Tupac Shakur

199.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

200.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

201.) “The American dream wasn’t meant for me, cause lady liberty’s a hypocrite she lied to me, promised me freedom, education, and equality never gave me nothing but slavery but now look at how dangerous you made me calling me a mad man because I’m strong and bold.” – Tupac Shakur

202.) “And I want n* to be educated. You know, I was steering people away from school. You gotta be in school, because through school you can get a job. And if you got a job, then that’s how they can’t do us like this.” – Tupac Shakur

203.) “Then, going to trial, I started seeing the black women that were helping me. Now I’ve got a brand-new vision of them because in here, it’s mostly black female guards. They don’t give me no extra favors, but they treat me with human respect.” – Tupac Shakur

204.) “If we really are saying rap is an art form, then we got to 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.”― Tupac Shakur

205.)  “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.” – Tupac Shakur 

206.) “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.” – Tupac Shakur

207.)  “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! There’s no way that these people should own planes and their people don’t have houses. Apartments. Shacks. Drawers. Pants! I know you’re rich. I know you got 40 billion dollars, but can you just keep it to one house? You only need ONE house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it to two rooms? I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room?! It just doesn’t make sense to me. It don’t.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur Short Poems

208.) “I had loved u forever because of who u R
And now I mourn our fallen star.”
― Tupac Shakur

209.) “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!”

– Tupac Shakur

210.) “What of a love unspoken
no one ever knows
But this is a love that lasts
and in secrecy it grows”
― Tupac Shakur

211.) “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 friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.
And sometimes…
I Cry
and no one cares about why.”

– Tupac Shakur

212.) “Why am I fighting to live,
If I am just living to fight
Why am I trying to see.
When there aint 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?”

– Tupac Shakur

213.) “But celebrate your life
Celebrate your ability to
feel joy and sadness
Celebrate your ability to feel!
Only then will we be free to feel”
― Tupac Shakur

214.) “Father Forgive Us For Livin’
Why All My Homies Stuck In Prison?
Barely Breathin’ Believin That The World Is A Prison,
It’s Like A Ghetto We Could Neva Leave…

A Broken Rose, Trying to Bloom Through The Cracks Of The Concrete,
So Many Otha Things For Us To See, Things To Be,
Our History so Full Of Tragedy And Misery,

To All My Homies Neva Made It Home,
The Dead Peers I Shed Tatooed Tears For
When I’m Alone,

Picture Us Inside A Ghetto Heaven, A Place To Rest,
Findin’ Peace Through This Land Of Stress,

In My Chest I Feel Pain, Come In Sudden Storms,
Life Full Of Rain In This Game Watch For landstorms,

Our Unborn,
Neva Gotta Grow
Neva Gotta See What’s Next,
In This World Full Of Countless Threats,

I Beg God To Make A Way
For Our Ghetto Kids To Breathe
Show A Sign
Make Us All Believe,
Cause I Ain’t Mad At Cha”

– Tupac Shakur

215.) “Can one come 2 conclusions,
Before the question is conceived?”
― Tupac Shakur

Final Thoughts

Tupac Shakur was more than just a rapper and spokesman for victims of injustice. He also taught the world valuable lessons about family, friends, relationships, and society which can be seen throughout his quotes.

He was known for his rawness, honesty, courage, and the way he spoke his heart out without worrying about the consequences. Tupac’s impact on the world was so great, that people continued to believe he was alive years after his death.

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Asad Elahi

Asad Elahi is a personal finance expert and author with over 5 years of experience in the industry. He has written extensively on topics such as saving, investing, and building wealth, focusing on helping individuals achieve financial independence. His work has been featured in major publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular contributor to financial websites and blogs.