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The 77 Most Inspiring Nas Quotes Ever

Nasir Jones, or God's son himself, Nas is a prolific rap icon and one of the great legends who has been in the hip hop world ever since he entered it in the 90's, and he isn't going anywhere soon, thanks to his deep seeded desire within. He is as consistent as they come and remains one of the realest in the game because no matter how much fame and recognition he receives, he contains a certain level of humility and still raps about real issues. Nas is known as probably the greatest lyricist of all time and he has unbelievable flow. He chooses to surround his lyrics around important subjects of self empowerment, inspiring the youth, and influencing people in the right way. It was only right to create the ultimate list of Nas quotes that show his bright wisdom, intelligence and understanding of a successful happy life. He will forever be crowned the king of wise words...


“How can you lose when you're doing you?” - Nas


“If you scared to take chances you'll never have the answers.If you scared to take chances you'll never have the answers." - Nas


"If the truth is told, the youth can grow. Then learn to survive until they gain control. Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes. Read more learn more, change the globe." - Nas


"Every great person educates themselves." - Nas


"Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite." - Nas


“Don't ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life's all about. You've always got to stick with whatever you're into because you're day is going to come. You're day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you're just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up." - Nas


"I know you think my life is good 'cause my diamond piece, but my life been good since I started finding peace." - Nas


"There was nothing more important to me than having a voice. I wanted to make a big impact on this art form, I wanted to kick everybody out. I wanted to open up a doorway for another generation." - Nas


“Mistakes make masterful teachers.” - Nas


"I wish the music business was a much easier thing, but you know what? Nothing easy is worth anything." - Nas


"No matter who you are, black, white, green, there’s going to be things in your way.” - Nas


“Your look reflects whats happening in your mind.” - Nas


“Whenever I received too much praise, It just didn’t feel right to me."- Nas


"There was a side of me that knew I was going to change the game, but I didn’t know how many people would respect it.” - Nas


“I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” - Nas


"No one's promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records. - Nas


"Whats up with your motto? Will you lead? Will you follow?" - Nas


"Use your own intuition. You are tomorrow.” - Nas


"They say money rule the world, you can’t pay God with it." - Nas


“I'm capable of anything, my imagination can give me wings.” - Nas


"Speak what I want, I don't care what y'all feel. 'Cause I'm my own master, my Pop told me be your own boss. Keep integrity at every cost." - Nas


“Аll I need is one life, one try, one breath, I'm one man. What I stand for speaks for itself...they don't understand.” - Nas


"Every time I get in the studio, I feel like I wanna have some fun. My fun is not doing the easy work. My fun is doing what's me." - Nas


“No matter where you're from - you can be Native American, Italian, Jewish, Latino, African-American - whatever you are, we're all distant relatives.” - Nas


“Don't speak to fools, they scorn the wisdom of your words.” - Nas


“My weapon of choice is my voice.” - Nas


"People afraid of criticism but I always put myself in a sacrificial position,they been know I ain't just rappin for fame." - Nas


“You're supposed to be who you are. You're supposed to make music that is true to you." - Nas


"I think a lot of us know when it's our time. No matter what profession you're in, you get a feeling. If you worked on it long enough, you know when it's ready."  - Nas


“Whats up with your motto? Will you lead? Will you follow?” - Nas


“A lot of times it seems like, you ain't gon' make it where you wanna be in life. But, yo if you got a plan, believe me you gon' get there. You gon' get everything you ever wanted” - Nas


“I never brag, how real i keep it, cause thats the best secret..." - Nas


"My advice for the younger dudes would be push yourself all the way, don't obssess over what anybody else is doing." - Nas


"My advice for the younger dudes would be push yourself all the way, don't obssess over what anybody else is doing." - Nas


"I learn from failures." - Nas


“If your given an opporunity and your lucky enough to have freedom to do what you want to do in your career, why trap yourself, why do something thats not you." - Nas


"Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne." - Nas


"No temporary chaos is worth your sanity. Just knowing that whatever happens, it happens to the best of them too." - Nas


“No temporary chaos is worth your sanity. Just knowing that whatever happens, it happens to the best of them too.” - Nas


“What do you base your happiness around? Material, women, and large paper? That means you’re inferior, not major." - Nas


"No idea is original, there's nothing new under the sun, it's never what you do, but how it's done.” - Nas


“Some seek fame cause they need validation, some say hating is confused admiration.” - Nas


“For my hustlers, here's some motivation: He who has begun is half done."- Nas


"Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined.” - Nas


“The things that I have said when I was young and curious about whatever the subject matter was, I respect those - those are growing pains. Even if you make mistakes, I go back to those things, my not-so-great moments because those are my truest moments; those are my human moments. I'm not even mad at the things I said that were a little dicey.” - Nas


“Everything will eventually come to an end. So try to savor the moments, cuz time flies, don’t it? The beauty of life is to make it last for the better. Cuz nothing lasts forever. - Nas


"Trust your own judgement, live with it and love it.” - Nas


“You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.” - Nas


"Working with great people makes you great; you learn a lot and it also gives you the experience and confidence to move on with your own career." - Nas


“Your look reflects what's happening in your mind. You gotta have some swag to you.” - Nas


"Your look reflects what's happening in your mind. You gotta have some swag to you." - Nas


“I think hip-hop could help rebuild America, once hip-hoppers own hip-hop... We are our own politicians, our own government, we have something to say. We're warriors. Soldiers.” - Nas


"Some people say I'm conscious, some say I'm a gangsta rapper - it's just me doing me. I'm stomping in my own lane. I'm doing what I do." - Nas


“I think if I heard someone else talking about their life, describing all the problems I've had, they'd look like they were through. Done. But there's something about me - I'm smiling. Those things are really not bad enough to put me in a slump. I'm smiling with the opportunity to wake up every morning.” - Nas


“I love the art world, I love art galleries, I love what it means - I love art.” - Nas


“With age comes common sense and wisdom.” - Nas


"Once you make it to your point of making it, you'll appreciate the struggle." - Nas


“The further I get, the further I want to go." - Nas


"It's foul what this money could do, cash corrupts the loyal."  - Nas


“I'm never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh.” - Nas



"Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days... that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it's not compromised. It's blunt. It's raw, straight off the street - from the beat to the voice to the words.” - Nas


“I can’t control what people think. They know who I am” - Nas


“Аll I need is one life, one try, one breath, I'm one man. What I stand for speaks for itself...they don't understand." - Nas


"I know i can, be what i wanna be, if i work hard at it, I'll be where i wanna be” - Nas


“Business, endorsements and things of that nature, I got into it kinda naturally. Those ventures materialised as a direct result of things that I was actually doing; all the partnerships have been organic and not necessarily etched out plans for monetary gain.” - Nas


“Some people work hard to be something that they're not, and I don't work at all, I'm just me. And that can bother anybody I'm not working nearly as hard as the other guys, and they don't like it. - Nas


"I wanted to say what wasn't being said. I wanted to give people a real story. I wanted people to know people like me exist in the world.” - Nas


“Who's world is this, the world is yours. ” - Nas


"Life is short is what some niggaz said; not if you measure life - by how one lives and what he did." - Nas


“I'm inspired by people like Nelson Mandela. Can you imagine - you know how racist America was back then - imagine how racism was in South Africa when he had to stand up and say what he had to say. That's bravery beyond comprehension.” - Nas


"Failure is not an option, and I always felt like I'm a man who doesn't have regrets, and I don't live with excuses. I can't take excuses." - Nas


“Let the music diffuse all the tension.” - Nas


"My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers." - Nas


“I want to have fun. It’s a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.” - Nas


“The flaws, the mistakes I make – that’s the real me.” - Nas


“I love PBS! I grew up on it. If I had to say which channels were good, I'd say, you got your PBS, your History Channel, your Discovery.” - Nas


"You only have one first chance to make one first impression that lasts a lifetime." - Nas

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