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Janet Jackson Quotes

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Janet Jackson quotes: singer-songwriter Janet Jackson shares words on life, family, faith, competition, and being yourself.

“Believe in yourself.  Have faith in yourself because no one else is going to.”

“You have to feel good about yourself.”

“You can never be happy until you understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.”

“Too many lives go up in smoke – it’s nice to laugh but don’t be the joke.”

“I don’t believe in luck.  It’s persistence, hard work, and not forgetting your dream.”

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.”

“Fear is the one emotion that, unleashed, can destroy anything and anyone.”

“To cut off the confusion and accept an answer just because it’s too scary not to have an answer is a good way to get the wrong answer.”

“Remember one rule: no rules.”

“You can’t worry about pleasing other people; you have to please yourself.”

“I kinda see everyone as competition.”

“Competition is great.  And as long as it’s friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it’s cool.”

“My parents are very competitive, so we are very competitive as kids.  But it’s a good kind of competition; it’s not a jealousy.  You always want to do your best, and if it can’t be you, you want it to be your brother or your sister, you know what I mean?”

“My dad taught us that there’s no greater distance than that between first and second place.”

“Self-expression is my goal, I want to be real with my feelings.  Singing and dancing and all the joy that goes with performing come from my heart.  If I can’t feel it, I won’t do it.”

“I’ve never been into, ‘What am I going to do next?’… trying to reinvent myself.”

“There are two sides of the velvet rope.  Those who want to be on the other side and those who are on the other side.”

“As a child, I had to get up early for school or work.  I’d get ready by myself.  I’d set my alarm to wake me up very early in the morning, and be off to work, the family driver driving me every morning.  I did it alone, my parents never coming in to wake me up.”

“When I was younger, I thought you had to be in control of your own life.  That takes a lot of discipline, hard work and focus.  You just can’t let it all fall by the wayside.  Later on, I learned that God is really in control of everything.  But you still have to put your best foot forward and be the best you can possibly be.”

“It is my belief that we all have the need to feel special.  It is this need that can bring out the best in us, yet the worst in us.”

“You can never be happy until you understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.”

“It has taken me most of my adult life to come to terms with who I am.  To do that, I had to break free of attitudes that brought me down.”

“I can be happy with who I am, not what I should be, or what I might have been, or what someone tells me I must be.”

“In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don’t let your eyes deceive you.”

“I believe in a higher power.  I believe in inspiration.”

“The greatest achievement to any human being is to love God, yourself, and others.”

“There’s nothing more depressing than having everything and still feeling sad.  We must learn to water our spiritual garden.”

“The pain is necessary.  Sometimes pain is the teacher we require, a hidden gift of healing and hope.”

“You don’t have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory.”

“To have someone to relate to and hopefully enjoy the music and get a positive message out of it, to make the best music that we possibly could, those were the goals.”

“I would hope my legacy would be bringing smiles to faces.  Happiness with my music.”

“I feel everyone is put here for a reason.  Everyone has a calling.  I always thought my real calling was to help other people.”

“I work with a lot of different charities, and by that I don’t mean merely by giving money, but by really getting involved hands-on.  I’ve always said that one of the reasons why I was put on this earth was to help people.  That’s something I’ve always enjoyed both here in America and if I have the opportunity when I’m traveling out of the country.  That’s very important to me.”

“There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me.  I hope I do the same for others.”

“I’m convinced that we black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.”

“Because of my race, I’ve heard no too many times.  But with every no I grow in strength.  That is why with all women, I stand tall with pride.  All that we’ve been through, our time has come to rejoice.  A new agenda’s due.”

“When I finally make up my mind that I want to do something, it’s never been hard for me to do it.”

“I’m no expert.  I have no psychic powers, and I sure don’t possess any secret wisdom.  I’m just Janet.  I have strengths, weaknesses, fears, happiness, sadness.  I experience joy and I experience pain.  I’m highly emotional.  I’m very vulnerable.”

“There is a lot I haven’t said that I actually could say.  I hope people would find it interesting. I  know a lot of people could relate to it.”

“I still have certain goals that I want.  Grammys, other awards, an Oscar one day.”

“My first name ain’t Baby, it’s Janet – Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.”

“I’m just trying to get used to living on a fixed income.  Now, it’s going to get unfixed.”

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