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Kanye West Quotes

Kanye West is an American rapper, songwriter, record-producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur. But, he is way more than just these handful of labels, he’s also one of the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century (winning 21 Grammy Awards and counting), as well as one of the best-selling artists of all-time. On top of this, he’s also been included on a number of Forbes’ annual lists, he’s been named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, and he is currently one of the highest paid people in hip hop. In short, he’s a trendsetting visionary, whom if studied, can teach us a whole lot about life and succeeding in the world today.

“Love Your Haters, They’re Your Biggest Fans.”

As such, we’ve captured 100 of the most inspiring Kanye West quotes to help you gain a deeper insight into the mind and values that lend to this trailblazer’s winning ways. Let them educate you, inspire you, and motivate you to channel your inner ‘Ye’, and start turning everything you touch into gold. Let’s go….

100 Best Kanye West Quotes to Help You Succeed

Best Kanye West Quotes

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

2. “Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the raising sun.” – Kanye West

3. “Know your worth! People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.” – Kanye West

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

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

6. “My mother never raised me to ask for a handout.” – Kanye West

7. “My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you’re not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.” – Kanye West

8. “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.” – Kanye West

9. “If you have the opportunity to play this game called life, you have to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate their moment until it’s passed” – Kanye West

10. “Everything that I sonically make is a painting.” – Kanye West

Kanye West Quote on Music as Painting

11. “Being fresh is more important than having money.” – Kanye West

12. “Everyone’s always telling you to be humble. When was the last time someone told you to be great?” – Kanye West

13. “I would say my determination is way higher than my smartness.” – Kanye West

14. “I know you can’t control everything, and everything is in God’s hands ultimately, but I’m going to fight, go out and perform for everybody, I don’t care.” – Kanye West

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

16. “People in this world shun people for being great, for being a bright color, for standing out. But the time is now to be okay, to be the greatest you.” – Kanye West

17. “I still think I am the greatest.” – Kanye West

18. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.” – Kanye West

19. “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 you will please if you try” – Kanye West

20. “Shoot for the stars, so if you fall you land on a cloud.” – Kanye West

21. “You weren’t perfect, but you made life worth it.” – Kanye West

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

23. “Everybody wanted to know what I would do if I didn’t win…. I guess we’ll never know.” – Kanye West

24. “But for me to have the opportunity to stand in front of a bunch of executives and present myself, I had to hustle in my own way. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was that they didn’t get that. No joke – I’d leave meetings crying all the time.” – Kanye West

25. “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.” – Kanye West

26. “Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?” – Kanye West

27. “I didn’t want to play it boring and safe. I also didn’t want to innovate too much. Second albums, man, they’re even scarier than first ones.” – Kanye West

28. “I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.” – Kanye West  

29. We all self-conscious. I’m just the first to admit it.” – Kanye West

30. “Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be clich’e for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.” – Kanye West

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

32. “I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem, or use my arrogance as a steam to power my dreams.” – Kanye West

33. “We’re not always in the position that we want to be at. We’re constantly growing, we’re constantly making mistakes, we’re constantly trying to express ourselves and trying to actualize our dreams.” – Kanye West

34. “Nothing in life is promised except death.” – Kanye West

35. “If I was just a fan of music, I would think that I was the number one artist in the world.” – Kanye West

36. “I don’t care about what people think, because people don’t think.” – Kanye West

37. “Love your haters, they’re your biggest fans.” – Kanye West

38. “Money isn’t everything, but not having it is.” – Kanye West

39. “The greatest thing that a man has to give, to anyone whether it’s their kids or whether it’s their wife, it’s their time.” – Kanye West

40. “Life is the ultimate gift.” – Kanye West

41. “I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever.” – Kanye West

42. “You don’t have to be scared of me, because I am loyal. Why are people so scared of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good.” – Kanye West

43. “I make all my own decisions and I take full responsibility.” – Kanye West

44. “When I think of competition it’s like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids.” – Kanye West

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

46.Success is really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.” – Kanye West

47. “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?” – Kanye West

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

49. “You’ve got to be really dialled into exactly who you are to the one hundredth power or you’re just like everyone else.” – Kanye West

50. “I am not going to sit inside of a corporation for 20 years…the time is now.” – Kanye West

Halfway There

Hey, great job making it this far through these motivating Kanye West quotes. We hope they are firing you up to go out show the world what you have to offer.

With that being said, don’t stop now, there’s only 50 or so Kanye quotes to go, so keep to it!

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51. “I care. I care about everything. Sometimes not giving a fu** is caring the most.” – Kanye West

52. “A lot of people don’t appreciate their moment until its past.” – Kanye West

53. “I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.” – Kanye West

54. “It’s a tough world out there. You’re going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hating employees – and usually when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.” – Kanye West

55. “I want the world to be better! All I want is positive! All I want is dopeness!” – Kanye West

56. “It’s crazy that we live in a world where if you’re super positive and super creative it’s scary. Because what does that tell you about the mentality of most people if you’re scared of like… positivity.” – Kanye West

57. “You can’t look at a glass half full or empty if it’s overflowing.” – Kanye West

58. “My greatest award is what I’m about to do.” – Kanye West

59. “Memories have to be our most painful blessing.” – Kanye West

60. “Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.” – Kanye West

Nobody Can Tell Me Kanye Quote

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

62. “When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.” – Kanye West

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

64. “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.” – Kanye West

65. “I always felt like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by… thoughts, their perceptions of themselves. They are slowed down by their perception of themselves. If you’re taught that you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.” – Kanye West

66. “From $53 million in debt to a net worth of $5 billion in 4 years. Thank you, Jesus. I know I fall short, but I repent.” – Kanye West

67. “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.” – Kanye West

68. “This is my life homie, you decide yours” – Kanye West

69. “I’m in the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.” – Kanye West

70. “Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.” – Kanye West

71. “I refuse to follow the rules where society tries to control people with low self-esteem.” – Kanye West

72. “Our work is never over.” – Kanye West

73. “Life is 5% what happens, and 95% how you react.” – Kanye West

74. “Having a Rolex or a Benz is not something that actually represents your success because there’s always something more expensive to buy. Success is really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.” – Kanye West

75. “Everything I’m not makes me everything I am” – Kanye West

76. “I don’t expect to be understood at all.” – Kanye West

77. “If you know you’re the best it only makes sense for you to surround yourself with the best.” – Kanye West

78.Bravery and courage is walking into pain and knowing that something better is on the other side” – Kanye West

79. “You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.” – Kanye West

80. “Inspiring people is the definition of success.” – Kanye West

Kanye West Definition of Success Quote

81. “They say your attitude determines your latitude.” – Kanye West

82. “I wan’t to change the definition of status quo.” – Kanye West

83. “I just think that when my confidence meets other people’s insecurity, that equals Kanye’s arrogant.” – Kanye West

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

85. “For me to say I wasn’t a genius I’d just be lying to you and to myself.” – Kanye West

86. “I believe in myself like a five-year-old believes in himself. They say look at me, look at me! Then they do a flip in the backyard. It won’t even be that amazing, but everyone will be clapping for them.” – Kanye West

87. “People say I have a bad reputation…I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building. They want you to have a reputation of tucking your black nail polish into your pockets and sitting in the corner of the class, and not fighting for your ideas out of fear of being ridiculed. That’s one of my favorite ones…to be called crazy.” – Kanye West

88. “I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and the connector.” – Kanye West

89. “It’s like this, by not giving my album a classic rating… you diminish your magazine’s credibility. And that’s real.” – Kanye West

90. “I am the number one rockstar on the planet.” – Kanye West

91. “They say good things come to those who wait, so imma be about an hour late.” – Kanye West

92. “My memories are from the future.” – Kanye West

93. “This new generation is obsessed with looking successful instead of actually being successful.” – Kanye West

94. “You ain’t got to like me. I like me.” – Kanye West

95. “You’ve got to be really dialed into who you are to the one-hundredth power or you’re just everyone else.” – Kanye West

96. “If I got any cooler I would freeze to death.” – Kanye West

97. “Please do everything you possibly can in one lifetime.” – Kanye West

98. “Go listen to my music. It’s the code of self-esteem. It’s the code of who you are. If you are a Kanye West fan you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself.” – Kanye West

99. “I am just the expresso, I am just the shot in the morning to get you going, to make you believe you can overcome that situation that you dealing with all the time.” – Kanye West

100. “I wouldn’t even say that I’m a rapper. I’m more of a messenger than a rapper.” – Kanye West

Bonus Kanye Quote

Bonus: This last bonus Kanye quotes sums up why Kanye has been able to push through so many barriers, and find the staggering success he now enjoys. It’s also one of the key tenant’s every team member here at The Strive live by, so paid heed:

Bonus: “For me, giving up is harder than trying.” – Kanye West

Kanye Quote on Giving Up is Harder

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best when it comes to Kanye West quotes. Let them help you develop the vision and fearlessness that has helped Kanye become, well, Kanye.

May they also inspire you to live your life with the same boldness and determination, so you can ignore your haters and unleash your gift into the world.

Till then,