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Macklemore Quotes

Benjamin Hammond Haggerty

Macklemore quotes: about getting sober, creative expression, why he still shops at thrift stores, what’s next – musically – and so much more.

“Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love.  And do it every day.  Do that for the rest of your life, and eventually, the world will change.”

“And know that every struggle in life is there to teach you a lesson.  It’s times like this that make you.”

“Make the money, don’t let the money make you.  Change the game, don’t let the game change you.”

“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint.  The greats were great because they paint a lot.”

“Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.”

“Do you want to live life, or do you want to escape life?”

“Strip away the fear, underneath it’s all the same love.”

“We are what we wear, we wear what we are.”

“Human rights for everybody, there is no difference.  Live on!  And be yourself!”

“Dealing with the love, criticism and outside public perceptions is a balancing act.  Over the years I figured out how to deal with it, and it’s by not giving a f*ck.  People always say, ‘I don’t care what people think of me’ – but we all care!  We are all insecure, and it’s a human fault that ties us all together, but when you can acknowledge that, you can work consistently in a spiritual practice that lessens how much you care.”

“When you realize who you sincerely are, and not through somebody else’s eyes but through your soul and your spirit, all of a sudden there’s inner peace.  It takes work and maintenance, and if you’re paying attention to the media and you’re on social media all the time to look for validation, it’ll never come.  There will always be somebody that’s disagreeing with what you’re saying; you have to be at peace with yourself.”

“I think the process of finding oneself is a lifelong process.”

“I shop at thrift shops probably five times a week.”

“Thrift shopping is really just an extension of me being that same kid and going into a place that’s completely unconventional that has really endless possibilities in terms of outfits that you can put together and really just expressing yourself.”

“I buy whatever I see, but I tend to not spend money just to spend it.”

“A life lived for art, is never a life wasted.”

“Life is one grand, sweet song… so start the music.”

“Music is therapy.  Music moves people.  It connects people in ways that no other medium can.  It pulls heart strings.  It acts as medicine.”

“It’s just way more fun making art, growing, grinding for a fan base, and traveling the world with a friend.”

“I can write for weeks or months sometimes and edit it down to a song.  I feel like it’s a piece of music that will hopefully stand the test of time and hopefully capture a moment in history if I’m doing it correctly and honestly.”

“You need to get outside of your comfort zone to write songs that are interesting, songs that are compelling, songs that are different from what other people are writing.”

“I enjoy delving into a concept and really pushing myself to write what is in my heart.  Let’s just make art, let’s not overthink it, let’s not over-calculate it, let’s not preemptively quantify what this is gonna mean to the world.  But let’s just make some rap music.”

“I like to be as diverse as possible.  I think the humorous side and the serious side are both elements of my personality.  It’s what makes me who I am and if I was to neglect either one of those sides and just focus on one of them, it wouldn’t be the full spectrum of my personality.”

“The trust that I once built has been betrayed.  But I’d rather live telling the truth and be judged for my mistakes, than falsely held up, given props, loved and praised.”

“I want to be someone who is respected and not just in terms of my music.  I want to be respected in terms of the way that I treat people.  Music is my creative outlet in terms of expressing what is important to me; what has importance, what has value.  And I wanna be respected for that.”

“The fame and the money and all that stuff that comes along with it is all great, but that’s not the sole purpose of why I make music.”

“Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, the numbers are nice, yeah.  But again, if my happiness is contingent on numbers I will never be happy.  If my happiness is contingent upon other people’s perspective of me and my art?  I will never be satisfied.  That’s a never-ending process that never stops, it can never be enough.  Nothing is ever enough.  For me, it’s letting go of all of those things.  You need to let go entirely in order to really live and breathe the art.”

“You work so long in the studio for countless hours to create something and then you finally put it out into the world and take it around the globe in front of the fans who come out and support you.  It’s been an amazing journey.”

“I just want to give the people 100% of myself as an artist.”

“I don’t want to look back and be like, ‘You had it all, and you weren’t even present for it.  You weren’t able to enjoy it.’  I want to be here, now, and be grateful.”

“Success has completely changed.  To me, success changes all the time.  I think success for me is prioritizing my relationship with a power that is greater than myself, it is staying sober, it’s prioritizing family, it’s showing up for other people, carrying out my music as far as it’s supposed to go, realizing that I am powerless over the outcome.  To me, those are the things that I find successful today.  At the peak of my success when we were playing arenas with millions and millions of records sold, and all of those things, I still didn’t feel content, I still didn’t feel fulfilled.  The things that I just mentioned, those are the things that create fulfillment – that’s lasting longevity.  That doesn’t go away.  That’s not fleeting, that’s not dependent on me or anything else but me and my relationship with a higher power.”

“I’m focusing on a world that is much bigger than my own selfish desires and my needs, and trying to become a better human being in the process.”

“I am always creating.  It’s not necessarily always music.  I have a desire to write.  Maybe that isn’t another album, maybe that’s a movie, maybe that’s a television show, maybe that’s taking a step back from even putting any sort of art out into the universe.  I’m not quite there in terms of knowing what the next move is.  I’m constantly in a place of creativity if I chose to be.  I’ve been making music since I was 15 years old.  That’s a really long time to write raps.  I don’t know.  I still love it, I still enjoy it.  More than anything I still enjoy getting out in front of people and performing.  I know there’s more records, it’s just a matter of when I feel compelled to get out and write them.”

“Just because you miss someone doesn’t mean you need them back in your life.  Missing is just a part of moving on.”

“I don’t control life, but I can control how I react to it.”

“If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example for starting over.”

“It’s really not about me.  At the end of the day, God willing, I’ll have another 40 or 50 years on this planet, and what I’m saying to myself is, ‘What do I want to leave here?'”

“Don’t forget where you come from.  Don’t die holding onto your words.  Cuz you know you got a whole world to change.  But understand who you got to change first.”

“Live tonight, cuz you can’t take it with ya.”

“The moment is now and we can’t get it back from the grave.”

“Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.  I know you’re fed up but you must try to survive.  Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by.  Keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.”

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