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Shakira Quotes

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Shakira quotes: the hit-makin’, hip-shakin’ Colombian singer’s best quotes.

“In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.”

“You can’t achieve anything in life without a small amount of sacrifice.”

“Scars remind me of just how far that I’ve come.”

“Instead of thinking of the huge Mount Everest that I have to climb, just think about every step of the way.”

“There’s no better makeup than self-confidence.”

“I know what it’s like to feel that fear and the need of affirmation and appreciation.  To build confidence in yourself is the toughest thing.”

“You have to be very strong and tough-minded if you want to survive.”

“As women, we need to embrace our bodies and be confident with who we are.”

“Education is literally the difference between success and failure, or even life and death for many children.”

“Education affects every major challenge we face in society.  It creates economic growth, paves the way for peace and stability and helps erase the legacy of marginalization.”

“My main hope for my children would be that whatever profession or calling they choose in life, that they pursue it with passion.”

“It doesn’t matter if you are a musician, a business leader, a president or a student.  We all have a responsibility to give back.”

“We can work together across countries and cultures like never before through the internet and social media.  Everyone can make a difference.”

“I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie.  If someone is telling me the truth?  That is when I will give my heart.”

“You collect impressions from people, from life, from your own daydreams.”

“My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.”

“I don’t obsess over my flaws, because I see my body as a whole.  Besides, I think men appreciate confidence more than perfection.”

“I do take advantage of, you know, feeling sensual and feeling sexy.  And I think that is tremendously empowering and is not diminishing in any way.  I feel that any woman who is in control, who is in touch with her femininity and sensuality, is a woman that is empowered.”

“I know what I’m doing even when I’m wearing a pencil skirt.”

“I’m a perfectionist-in-recovery.  I’m trying to deal with that monster inside of me that wants to do everything right.  Or better than right.”

“I thank God that I’m a product of my parents, that they infected me with their intelligence and energy for life, with their thirst for knowledge and their love.  I’m grateful that I know where I come from.”

“My dad is a writer, and to see him always in front of a typewriter gave me the inspiration to write.  He was my idol, my hero.  I wanted to be just like him.”

“At the age of eight, I discovered that I could write songs.  My dad used to take them to the notary and register them so that nobody could steal them from me.”

“Songwriting is such an intricate part of me as an artist and as a person; I couldn’t just let someone else do it.”

“I always knew that I was tremendously creative.”

“My music career has been very rewarding, but success never came easily.”

“I grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia, and I spent most of my childhood dreaming about becoming a singer.”

“Success happened little by little for me.  I tasted the flavor of fame in small doses: I started at 10 years old when I won a music contest; I was performing at birthday parties, company meetings.”

“Always I was dreaming of a record contract.  From 10 to 13, it was all I could think of.  I worked hard for this dream.  Nobody could say I didn’t try.”

“I’m someone who has always been very stubborn and strong-willed.  I never gave up.”

“My family endured a big crisis after my father’s business went bankrupt and we went from having a comfortable life to having virtually nothing.  I saw from that moment how fragile and precarious life can be and you have to work very hard not just to survive but also to accomplish something in life and fulfill your dreams.”

“I consider myself a survivor more than anything else.”

“I always had the intuition, even as a little child, that I was called for a big project.”

“I consider myself a laborer, building my career brick over brick under the sun.”

“I am a person who has many dreams.  But as soon as I accomplish one, I move on to the next.  That’s my fatal, absurd nature.”

“If I can contribute to people having fun, I would feel very fulfilled as an artist.”

“I feel a real sense of duty to use the voice and the platform I’ve been afforded by my fame to speak out for those whose voices don’t get a chance to be heard.”

“I’m proud that I’ve been able to work with other artists to make sure that the smallest voices – the voices of our children – have a chance to be heard.  Artists can reach, inspire, and motivate young people and leaders in a powerful way.”

“I believe that every single one of us, celebrity or not, has a responsibility to get involved in trying to make a difference in the world.  Our generation faces many challenges, some of which were passed on to us by the past generations, but it’s up to us to find solutions today so that we don’t keep passing our problems on.”

“I feel like there is a part of me that represents a minority in the U.S., a minority around the world.  People who struggle, people who want to succeed with drive and ambition.”

“I’ve always thought of myself as a woman who works hard, believes in herself, and wants to accomplish as much as possible.”

“Even after I got some recognition and success, I still had to work hard and prove myself.”

“I did not want to spend the rest of my life not being able to ride in a nice car.”

“I think I have finally reached an age where I have accepted my self for who I am.”

“Because of you, I’m running out of reasons to cry.”

“Fame isolates people from reality.  That happens to many artists, and I don’t want it to happen to me.”

“I feel that this is the time in my life when I should go out in the world and achieve.  I have so much enthusiasm and determination, and I should make the most of these feelings.  Who knows?  Maybe when I get older, I won’t have that enthusiasm anymore so this is why I’m making the most of my time right now.”

“I think it’s my energy and love of life that has been the real key to my fame and success.”

“I came to understand that I’m never going to be the perfect mother, but I’m going to do the best I can.  Same goes for everything in my life.”

“My whole life, I had pressed pause on so many things in my personal life to follow my dreams, my professional dreams, to become a successful artist.  And suddenly, things changed, and I saw myself as a mother, with a family I had dreamed about since I was a child.  And then, when I realized the creator inside of me was also asking to be considered, my music became my escape.  The studio became the place to let some steam off, away from everyday life as a mother – that became my hobby.  And then it became a pleasure like all hobbies are.  So now music is my hobby.  Oh, I never thought I would say that!”

“Live your life to the fullest.”

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