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Kanye West Quotes

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Kanye West quotes: oh nothin’… just Ye doin’ Ye.

“We all self-conscious.  I’m just the first to admit it.”

“I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we’ve seen before.  It should be more like Willy Wonka… and welcome to my chocolate factory.”

“[On The Life of Pablo] This is not album of the year.  This is album of the life.”

“People say I have a bad reputation.  I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.”

“I care.  I care about everything.  Sometimes not giving a f*ck is caring the most.”

“Nothing in life is promised except death.”

“People always tell you, ‘Be humble.  Be humble.’  When was the last time someone told you, ‘Be amazing.  Be great.  Be awesome!'”

“You can’t look at a glass half-full or empty if it’s overflowing.”

“I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them.  We laugh to keep from crying.”

“I still think I’m the greatest.”

“I’m not comfortable with comfort.  I’m only comfortable when I’m in a place where I’m constantly learning and growing.”

“I’m on the pursuit of awesomeness; excellence is the bare minimum.”

“If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment.  A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.”

“50 is Eminem’s favorite rapper.  I’m my favorite rapper.”

“I am a God, so hurry up with my damn massage.  In a French-ass restaurant, hurry up with my damn croissants.”

“Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the rising sun.”

“My greatest award is what I’m about to do.”

“I have millions of ideas and I represent a new generation just trying to express themselves in a broken world.  I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade.  I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.”

“Our work is never over.”

“I have this table in my new house.  It was some weird nouveau riche marble table, and I hated it.  We would try to set up different things around it, but it never really worked.  I realized that table was my ego.  No matter what you put around it, under it, no matter who photographed it, the douchebaggery would always come through.”

“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

“I don’t even listen to rap.  My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”

“Believe in your flyness… conquer your shyness.”

“I am flawed as a human.  I am flawed as a person.  As a man I am flawed.  But my music is perfect!”

“I’ma open up a store for aspiring MCs, won’t sell ‘em no dream but the inspiration is free.”

Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there’s no criticism.  That means you’re too safe.”

“Recognize and embrace your flaws so you can learn from them.  Sometimes it takes a little polishing to truly shine.”

“I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.”

“People always say that you can’t please everybody.  I think that’s a cop-out.  Why not attempt it?  ‘Cause think of all the people that you will please if you try.”

“Living well eliminates the need for revenge.”

“You should only believe about 90% of what I say.  As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all.  I could be completely messing with you, and the world, the entire time.”

“I’m a pop enigma.  I live and breathe every element in life.  I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold’s for fried chicken.  It’s all these things at once, because, as a taste maker, I find the best of everything.”

“For me, you know, I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it.”

“I will die for the art!  For what I believe in.  And the art ain’t always gonna be polite!  Ya’ll might be thinking right now, ‘Did he smoke something before he came out here?’  The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something.  I knocked the edge off!”

“You basically can say anything to someone on an email or text… as long as you put LOL at the end.”

“People will have a problem with whatever you do.  At the end of the day, nobody can determine what you need to do in order to be successful, and why would you listen to someone who is not successful tell you what you need to do?”

“You got a new friend, well I got homies, but in the end it’s still so lonely.”

“One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego.  And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego?  I think there’s hope for everyone.”

“I want people to feel like it’s okay to create.  It’s okay to not be boxed in.  I want people to feel like awesome is possible.”

“Why are people so afraid of creative ideas and so scared of truth?  All I want to do is do good.”

“I feel that I’m very blessed.  But with great blessings come great responsibility.”

“Creative output, you know, is just pain.  I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.”

“If I don’t scream, if I don’t say something, then no one’s going to say anything.”

“I just think that when my confidence meets other people’s insecurity… that equals, ‘Kanye’s arrogant.'”

“For me, giving up is way harder than trying.”

“They say people in your life are seasons and anything that happens is for a reason.”

“We at war, we at war with terrorism, racism, but most of all, we at war with ourselves.”

“I always feel like I can do anything.  That’s the main thing people are controlled by: thoughts and perceptions of yourself.  If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.  I was taught I can do everything.”

“I’m gonna follow my heart and if you follow the charts or the plaques or the stacks, you ain’t gotta guess who’s back.”

“Memories have to be our most painful blessing.”

“Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?”

“When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”

“I’m pretty calculating.  I take stuff that I know appeals to people’s bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.”

“I want the world to be better!  All I want is positive!  All I want is dopeness!”

“Bought more jewelry, more Louis V., my momma couldn’t get through to me.”

“I remember always going back to the fashion shows, not because I wanted to be seen in some really expensive rapper jacket that I’d just bought.  It was because I cared so much about seeing artists express themselves to the maximum.”

“People never change.  They just become better at hiding who they really are.”

“I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me.  As if there’s a one-size-fits-all standard for happiness.”

“Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.”

“Know your worth.  People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.”

“I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.”

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