The 30 Most Inspiring Aaliyah Quotes Ever

Aaliyah was a musician and actress who left the earth too soon at only age 22 due to a plane crash. She was way ahead of her time in terms of her maturity and the music she created. She was constantly surrounded with successful mentors from Ginuwine, Missy Elliot to P.Diddy and Jay-Z, whom dedicated a song to her after she died where he rightly rapped “too good for earth”. Aaliyah, who found her passion fairly young (through church choir) and stuck with it right to the end, also became an actress later in her career. She had her battles growing up, like any human being, where she was the victim of bullying (for being short) and had her bouts with depression. As a famous star, unlike many divas, Aaliyah maintained a strong role model presence with her fan base as she always carried herself with class, not needing to fall into the sex sells marketing plan. Although she has left us since 2001 her legacy of empowering messages and songs will remain in our hearts forever. To honor one of the greatest female musicians, here is the ultimate list of Aaliyah quotes to remind us to always “dust it off and try again”.


1.) Passion Over Everything Else:

You have to love what you do to want to do it everyday.” – Aaliyah

2.) Be Uniquely Original:

“I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.” – Aaliyah

3.) Stay Content AND Hungry:

I don’t think about my previous success. I’m happy that the work I’ve done has been very successful.” – Aaliyah

4.) Let Go And Trust:

All I can do is leave it in God’s hands and hope that my fans feel where I’m coming from. Aaliyah

5.) Work Hard For Your Dreams:

“Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want.” – Aaliyah

6.) Never Forget To Have Fun:

I began to work the stage and get the audience into it. I also learned how to have fun out there. It is something I will never forget.” – Aaliyah

7.) Take Work Serious Too:

“I don’t mess around when it comes to my work, it’s important. That’s when I will definitely put someone in their place.” Aaliyah


“I feel that your talent should do the talking, not a revealing outfit.” Aaliyah

9.) On How Aaliyah Wanted To Be Remembered:

“I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person.” – Aaliyah

10.) It’s All Worth It:

“Everything is worth it. The hard work, the times when you’re tired, the times where you’re a bit sad, in the end, it’s all worth it because it really makes me happy. There’s nothing better than loving what you do.” Aaliyah

11.) Aaliyah Lyrics From ‘Try Again’:

“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” – Aaliyah

12.) Opportunities Are Endless When You Grind:

“Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard!” – Aaliyah

13.) On Juggling Her Time Efficiently:

I don’t feel I made any sacrifices at all. I’m doing my best to juggle.” – Aaliyah


“It’s in how you carry yourself. I’ve always been a very mature person, and I’ve always known what I wanted. And I go after it no matter what.” – Aaliyah

15.) Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin:

“You always have to deal with people who are jealous, but there were so few it didn’t even matter. The majority of kids supported me, which was wonderful. When it comes to dealing with negative people, I just let it in one ear and out the other. Those people were invisible to me….the most important thing is to think highly of yourself because if you don’t, no one else will.” Aaliyah

16.) A Determined Mindset:

“I’m a survivor, and I can handle anything. I’m very confident about that.” – Aaliyah

17.) Control What You Can. Let The Rest Be:

“Whatever will be, will be.” – Aaliyah


“That’s why I work every day. Ev-er-y day. I want to knock people out.” Aaliyah

19.) Innovation & Creativity:

It’s fun to be creative and innovative and come up with something crazy. So I need people to work with who are not going to be afraid to take it to the left a bit. ” – Aaliyah

20.) Weathering The Storm:

“I go through the same problems all young people go through. Being in this business, I accept that there are positives and negatives but having a strong family base and a belief in God enables me to weather the storms.” Aaliyah

21.) Loving What You Do Is A Must:

“You have to enjoy your job; you should wake up every day and love what you do… I honestly do… From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul. I’m truly happy.” – Aaliyah

22.) Think Less And You’ll Have More Peace:

“If I don’t think about it, it won’t drive me crazy.” – Aaliyah

23.) Do Not Lose The Kid In You:

“When you get into this business you have to grow up quickly. But I wouldn’t say I’ve lost any of my childhood, I’ve always been a mature child. My Mom says I’ve been like that since I was little kid. I make time for my friends and I make time for things that other kids do. This is a business and I knew what I was getting into. I make time for being a kid, but I also know when to put on my business hat and go for the business.” Aaliyah

24.) Destiny Runs It’s Course:

“I’ve been singing all my life. I’ve always wanted this. I sang in church, in school plays, and my parents gave me vocal lessons. My parents always said this was destined for me.” – Aaliyah

25.) On Feeling Free And Liberated:

It is dark in my favorite dream. Someone is following me. I don’t know why. I’m scared. Then suddenly I lift off. Far away. How do I feel? As if I am swimming in the air. Free. Weightless. Nobody can reach me. Nobody can touch me. It’s a wonderful feeling.Aaliyah

26.) An Aaliyah Quote On Pressure:

“There is always a bit of pressure to do a good album – to do good work, period. I really put a lot of pressure on myself, more so than other people. But I try not to let that overwhelm me to the point where I can’t even do good work. I just put it aside and do the best that I know that I can.” Aaliyah

27.) Her Take On Sacrifice:

“I don’t want to abandon one work for the other, and I don’t think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them.” Aaliyah

28.) On Being The Best:

“I wanna be the best at what I do. I wanna sing, I wanna dance, I wanna act. That’s about it.Aaliyah

29.) If You Know What You Want, Go Get It:

“My parents just tell me, ‘If you know what you want, you should stay determined and go for it. You can do anything.’” Aaliyah


“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.” Aaliyah

Bonus Aaliyah Quote:

“It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I’m long gone.” – Aaliyah

In the comments section below our sources, please let us know which Aaliyah quotes inspired you the most, and if you have found a better one not on this list, please let us know! P.S – You Are An Authentic Genius – Find that unique power within…

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