80 Best Tupac Shakur Quotes and Sayings

Tupac Quotes: Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper. He is widely considered one of the most influential rappers of all time. Shakur is among the best-selling music artists.

During his life Tupac Amaru Shakur said a lot of things. Some were often seen as nonsensical but among these you could often find Tupac Quotes that had us thinking and once you started thinking about one of these quotes, you were forced to take a deeper look at other sayings you may have thought were just babbling. A few of the deepest things Tupac ever said may be interpreted in the following ways

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

When you are the type of person that hides from their issues, you never get past them. In this manner you will have to ‘not face’ them many times. If you take it on immediately it is done. You never have to ‘die’ again. This is how I interpret it but there are other ways in which it can be seen too.

Famous Tupac Quotes 


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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“People die but legends live forever.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, theres a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up and handle it.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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


“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.”

“Let the Lord judge the criminals.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“I just don’t know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Even warriors put their spears down on Sundays.”


“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.”

“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?”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“Even the genius ask questions.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“Only God can judge me.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Don’t live to fight, fight to live.”

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”

We all have something in our lives that bring us down. That is reality. Whatever brings you down is just wrong. We each have a variety of dreams which will make our lives perfect for us. Striving to live those dreams will drive us to make them a reality.

“Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that.”

We all know that bad times never last and with this Tupac quote we are once again reminded that good always has to follow after something bad. We just need to keep on keeping on in order to get to the good part.

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

There are few things that can propel one forward like actually starting with something. Doing nothing gets nothing done. Dreams can be a great catalyst but you need to stop dreaming and start doing in order to achieve those dreams.

During his rather short life there were many more Tupac Quotes written and spoken by this marvelous man. Many of these are easy to interpret while some may leave you thinking about what it was he actually had to say. Whether you liked his raps or not, you are sure to find a quote he made that has bearing on your life directly. In his words: ‘I’m a reflection of the community.’