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LL Cool J Quotes

James Todd Smith

LL Cool J quotes: the multitalented man’s most popular quotes.

“Dreams don’t have deadlines. Believe in yourself.”

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”

“Do something that gets you closer to your dream today!”

“Do what you love; you’ll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t get this one right away.”

“I think the worst part of life would be not going after your dreams and living a life of quiet desperation.”

“When you have a clear vision of your goal, it’s easier to take the first step toward it.”

“Once you achieve one goal, you should be looking forward to trying to build onto the next thing, and not just getting comfortable with what you’re doing.”

“You can do anything you put your heart, mind and soul into. Far more than you can imagine. Be fearless. Do it.”

“Do it even when you don’t feel like it. You need endurance to get through life. When you say you’re going to do something and don’t do it, you’ll feel like you can’t trust yourself. How about being able to trust the man in the mirror?”

“You can’t let your past hold your future hostage.”

“Nobody is perfect, but life is about choices.”

“Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you.”

“I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. Know what I’m saying? Move past the fear.”

“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”

“You have to always continue to strive no matter how hard things get, no matter how troubled you feel. No matter how tough things get, no matter how many times you lose, you keep trying to win.”

“Uplift, your mind is a gift. Gain some knowledge.”

“Once the referee throws the ball in the air, it’s either your ball or their ball and you have to just take your shot.”

“Every little boy wanna pick up the mic, and try to run with the big boys and live up to the real hype. But that’s like pickin’ up a ball, playin’ with Mike, swingin’ at Ken Griffey or challengin’ Roy to a fight.”

“I don’t worship complexity, man. And I do think you can be successful if you’re willing to put yourself in a position where you might look foolish.”

“All great writers are schizophrenics, you know what I’m saying? ‘Cause they switch up. They become the person when they write.”

“I still believe in the power of imagination to change reality, for one reason: it changed mine.”

“You got to believe in yourself and speak it into existence. Everybody ain’t going to agree, but I’ll tell you what I did. Muhammad Ali said he was the greatest of all time. I took that and made the acronym G.O.A.T. and put it out there in the world and look how it’s changed popular culture.”

“Money is small and the soul stands tall. All those who don’t realize this, fall.”

“A man can make money, but money can’t make a man.”

“Don’t be overly attached to things. Take your time with the process, be confident, experiment, be open-minded, look at things from a different point of view and in a new way. Just constantly be purposefully innovative and be on a mission to be unafraid, creatively.”

“God blesses us all with different views and perspectives and levels of influence and power.”

“I think in order to keep America great, we have to keep America creative.”

“Our world is at the crossroads. We have a choice, right and wrong.”

“If the entire world says ‘one plus one is five,’ that doesn’t mean it’s correct and that’s the kind of society we live in now. We live in a society now where people are pressured into changing their minds because they want to fit in. I think that sh*t is weak.”

“It’s not about being bitter, it’s about getting better.”

“I feel it’s better to be loved and respected. If people fear you, you can get killed. If you’re feared, nobody likes you. If you’re feared nobody treats you the right way. You never get the right answers. You ask somebody if this is good, they’ll tell you it’s good even if it’s bad. Nobody wants to be feared. You want to be respected.”

“I treat people the way I want to be treated. And I don’t let anybody come between me and what I’m trying to accomplish. You know, put your oxygen mask on first then help the person next to you.”

“I think fitness is important. I think a healthy lifestyle is important. I think putting positive energy out there is important and just staying connected with the people.”

“I think the key to working out is for people to think of water—just allow the workouts to fill out the cracks in your lives and seep into wherever you can fit it in.”

“You’ve got to stay focused without being boring, because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Skinny, but dull.”

“I’m not trying to keep up or adapt. I’m allowing myself to grow, evolve and create new music.”

“I don’t have an image that I’m trying to, like, portray. I’m just being me.”

“I just look at the high and bright side of things.”

“You don’t need to be the good guy to get a good message out.”

“As a black man, my hope is that I can touch more and more people all over the world of different races and different colors.”

“I am a real person that cares about his art and cares about what he’s doing. I have a heart and a soul and want to touch people and give.”

“All I want to say to people, man, is, ‘Yo, you see me walking down the street and I got a little bop in my walk, don’t think because I’ve got a bop in my walk I’m trying to be all that. The bop in my walk is because I’m just like you, man. I bop when I walk.’ Know what I’m saying? I’m proud. If you see me smiling, standing straight up, gold around my neck, it’s not because I’m conceited. It’s because I’m proud of what I achieved. I made this. I worked hard for this. That’s all this is about.”

“I think I’m the best, of course. How could I not? It’s hard being the king, but somebody’s got to do it.”

“I started rapping at block parties when I was 13, dropped my first single at 16, had a debut album out at 17, and it went gold when I was 18. I was busy stomping around the edge of a totally new art form. And I was just a kid. I never really felt like a kid, though. I remember my eighth birthday, just walking down the street, feeling completely present. By the time I was 17, I had bought my mother a house. That’s bizarre, looking back on it.”

“I was raised by some good people. That instilled certain values in me. It was funny, because I remember all I ever said to the accountant was, ‘I want a Benz.’ Then when I got the money, I bought my mother a car.”

“Rap music definitely made me feel more empowered. In the ’hood, you’re sitting in it like hot-dog water. It takes a certain amount of tenacity and creativity to pull your mind out of that water and dry it off.”

“I had a rough childhood. My father shot my mother and grandfather. They survived and my mom started a relationship with another man who beat me. It taught me that your kids should always feel safe and that you can do anything you put your mind to. Without challenges, you can’t change. Those things set me up to be successful in a lot of ways because it showed me how to be calm under pressure. It taught me how not to let rough times ruin my hopes and dreams for the future. I think I’ve instilled that in my kids.”

“I try to do the right thing with money. Save a dollar here and there, clip some coupons. Buy 10 gold chains instead of 20. Four summer homes instead of eight.”

“I’m not trying to be new school and I’m not old school; I’m classic. There’s a lot of new cars and there’s a lot of old cars, but I’m just classic in doing what I do.”

“The secret to it all is just to enjoy what you’re doing. This is not working at the coalface, this is not sweeping behind a restaurant. It’s work, but it’s not work. It gives me a different type of energy. I’m grateful for that.”

“Dreams don’t have deadlines. I’m thinking of doing bigger and better things and having more fun with it.”

“I am what I am, I’m doing very well in my life, and I’m thankful to God for that.”

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