94 Eminem Quotes and Lyrics about Success and Life

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In this post, we’ve gathered some great quotes and lyrics from the rapper for you.


Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, music producer, record executive, and actor.

He is among the world’s best selling artists of all time with over 47 million albums and 220 million records sold.

Born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Eminem developed a passion for rapping at a young age and released his debut album, Infinite,  in 1996.

Soon after, he signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and released several successful albums.

To date, Eminem has released 9 studio albums, which have all been massive hits, making him one of the biggest sensations in the rap industry.

As one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, Eminem has clearly managed to tap into his Everyday Power to rise to the top of his game.

In that regard, here are some memorable Eminem quotes to inspire you to become the best in whatever you pursue.

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Eminem quotes and lyrics about success and life

1. “Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.” – Eminem

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2. “Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters” ― Eminem

Eminem Quotes about success

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3. “It feels good to have your work respected again.” – Eminem

Eminem Quotes to have your work respected again

4. “Fame hit me like a ton of bricks.” – Eminem

Eminem Quotes about fame hit me like a ton of bricks

5. The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”- Eminem

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6. “You’d have to walk a thousand miles in my shoes just to see what its like to be me!!” ― Eminem

7. “But music is a reflection of self, we just explain it, and then we get our
checks in the mail.” ― Eminem

Eminem quotes about music is reflection of self

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8. “Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert’s Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion.” ― Eminem

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9. “You don’t get another chance, life is no Nintendo game.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about life is no nintendo game

10. “You can make something of your life. It just depends on your drive.” – Eminem

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11. “A normal life is boring.” – Eminem

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12. “Success is my only option, failure’s not.” – Eminem

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Eminem quotes about music and life

13. “Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes to stopping racism

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14. “Personally, I just think rap music is the best thing out there, period. If you look at my deck in my car radio, you’re always going to find a hip-hop tape; that’s all I buy, that’s all I live, that’s all I listen to, that’s all I love.” ― Eminem

15. “If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.” – Eminem

16. “The emotions in a song – the anger, aggression – have got to be legitimate.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about the emotions in a song

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17. “I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.” – Eminem

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18. “You better lose yourself in the music. The moment, you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.” – Eminem

19. “Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.” – Eminem

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20. “If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.” – Eminem

21. “I started learning how to not be so angry about things, learning how to count my f—ing blessings instead. By doing that, I’ve become a happier person, instead of all this self-loathing I was doing for a while.” – Eminem

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Eminem quotes to inspire confidence

22. “My thing is this; if I’m sick enough to think it, then I’m sick enough to say it.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes to inspire confidence

23. “I am who I am and I say what I think. I’m not putting a face on for the record.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about what i think

24. “I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about poor white trash

25. “Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?” ― Eminem

26. “Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.” – Eminem

27. “Be proud of who you are.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about be proud of who you are

28. “We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. Whatever weather, cold or warm.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about weather

29. “If you have enemies, good that means you stood up for something.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about standing up for something

30. “I’m just a little bit sicker than the average individual I think.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about the average individual I think

31. “That’s why we seize the moment try to freeze it and own it, squeeze it and hold it.” – Eminem

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32. “Why be a king, when you can be a god?” – Eminem

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Eminem quotes and lyrics about love, family and relationships

33. “Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.” ― Eminem

Eminem quotes and lyrics about love, family and relationships

34. “Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.” – Eminem

35. “I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.” – Eminem

36. ”Ultimately, who you choose to be in a relationship with and what you do in your bedroom is your business.” – Eminem

37. “Why is it so hard for people to believe that white people are poor?! I wouldn’t say I lived in a ghetto; I’d say I lived in the ‘hood. The same friends I had back then are the same people on tour with me now.” – Eminem

38. “Somewhere deep down there’s a decent man in me, he just can’t be found.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about relationships

39. “Don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected sex, don’t be violent. Leave that to me.” ― Eminem

Eminem quotes on love

40. “It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me. Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you.” – Eminem

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Memorable Eminem quotes and lyrics

41. “People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.” – Eminem

42. “In my mind I’ma fighter, my heart’s a lighter, my soul is the fluid. My flow sparks it right up.” – Eminem

Memorable Eminem quotes and lyrics

43. “Hip-hop is ever changing but you’ll always have the pack. And you’ll always have those people who are separated from the pack.” – Eminem

44. “We sing for these kids who don’t have a thing.” – Eminem

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45. “I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever. I’m not really book-smart.” – Eminem

Eminem quotes about poetry

46. “Honestly, I’d love to be remembered as one of the best to ever pick up a mic, but if I’m doing my part to lessen some racial tension I feel good about what I’m doing.” – Eminem

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47. “I need to keep working on myself for a while.” – Eminem

48. “I was a smart kid, but I hated school.” – Eminem

49. “I didn’t have nothin’ going for me… school, home… until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything.” – Eminem

50. “There was a while when I was feeling like, ‘Damn, if I’d just been born black, I would not have to go through all this’.” – Eminem

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51. “When I say or do something, I do it. I don’t give a damn what you think. I’m doing this for me.” – Eminem

52. “Don’t you wanna grow up to be just like me?” — Eminem

53. “Nobody likes to fail. I want to succeed in everything I do, which isn’t much. But the things that I’m really passionate about, if I fail at those, if I’m not successful, what do I have?” – Eminem

54. “I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.” — Eminem

55. “Laughing all the way to the bank, I spray flames. They cannot tame or placate the monster.” ― Eminem

56. “And I am, whatever you say I am. If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?” — Eminem

57. “You gotta find that inner strength and just pull that s*** out of you. And get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall on your face and collapse.” – Eminem

58. “It sometimes feels like a strange movie, you know, it’s all so weird that sometimes I wonder if it is really happening.” — Eminem

59. “Nobody knows me I’m cold, walk down this road all alone. It’s no one’s fault but my own, it’s the path I’ve chosen to go.” – Eminem

60. “I’m standing up, I’mma face my demons, I’m manning up, I’mma hold my ground.” — Eminem

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Other Eminem quotes and lyrics

61. “They can trigger me. But they’ll never figure me out.” – Eminem

62. “Don’t ever try to judge me dude. You don’t know what the fuck I’ve been through.” – Eminem

63. “I can’t tell you what it really is, I can only tell you what it feels like.” – Eminem

64. “Knowledge is power, but powerless if you’ve got it and you do not acknowledge it.” – Eminem

65. “I act like shit don’t phase me. Inside it drives me crazy, my insecurities could eat me alive.” – Eminem

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66. “And then along comes Rakim, and he out does that. And then along comes G Rap and he starts out doing everyone else.” – Eminem

67. Redman was, to me, one of the most consistent artists, still rapping to this day is one of the most consistently dope rappers.” – Eminem

68.  I know a lot of my friends collected vinyl back in the day, but me, I’ve been… I’m a tape person.” – Eminem

69. “[Lil] Wayne, [J.] Cole, Kendrick [Lamar], Joyner Lucas. They rap to be the best rapper, and I feel like when you push yourself like that, that’s what I feel like inspires greatness.” – Eminem

70. “I rap to be the best rapper, but I’m not the only rapper who raps to be the best rapper.” – Eminem

71. “I just can’t sit back and wallow in my own sorrow, but I know one fact: I’ll be one tough act to follow.” ― Eminem

72. “I know I’ve been around for a minute, but I don’t feel like honestly, in my heart of hearts, I don’t feel like anything I did, anything I’ve done up to this point is more influential than they were to their era.” – Eminem

73. “To me, I will never mean more than they meant to their era. And that, man, a lot of times people, when they ask me what my top favorite rappers are, I don’t even know how to answer that, because there are so many rappers that have been so great and still are great. And by the way, I think Rakim probably is still great. I haven’t heard anything he’s working on lately, but I guarantee you he ain’t lost that sh-t, because that kind of sh-t don’t go away. It just doesn’t.” – Eminem

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74. “But the list, man, sometimes you almost have to go by era. 2Pac. I feel like rappers like Rakim, [Kool] G Rap, [Big Daddy] Kane, Treach, Pharoahe Monch… when KRS-One would drop some new shit, it just outdid whatever was before that.” – Eminem

75. “It’s not going to give you all that, you know what I’m saying? So, for me, I always collected tapes.” – Eminem

76. “A record is not going to give you the feel of having the tape, and it’s not going to give you the information.”Eminem

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77. “I realized, ‘Yo, I can’t do anything in moderation. I don’t know how.” ― Eminem

78. “Nobody asks for life to deal us with these bullshit hands we’re dealt. We’ve gotta take these cards ourselves and flip them; don’t expect no help.” ― Eminem

79. “The moment I used my adversity to my advantage, my career exploded.” ― Eminem

80. “I have been a liar, been a thief, been a lover, been a cheat. All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me.” ― Eminem

81. “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed.” ― Eminem

82. “Everything you’re scared to say, don’t be afraid to say no more.” ― Eminem

83. “You know, not to sound corny or nothin’, but I felt like a fighter comin’ up, man. I felt like, you know, I’m being attacked for this reason or that reason, and I gotta fight my way through this.” ― Eminem

84. “Thanks cuz your hate is what gave me this strength.” ― Eminem

85. “Sometimes you just gotta let shit go and say, ‘To hell with it’ and move on.” ― Eminem

86. “There’s no limit on how far I would go, no boundaries, no lengths.” ― Eminem

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87. “Maybe one day we’ll all wake up, and this will just be a dream.” ― Eminem

88. “But music is reflection of self, we just explain it, and then we get our checks in the mail.” ― Eminem

89. “There’s no mountain I can’t climb. There’s no tower too high. No plan that I can’t learn how to fly.” ― Eminem

90. “It was ingrained in me that I wouldn’t amount to a shitstain. I thought, no wonder I had to unlearn everything my brain was taught.” ― Eminem

91. “It’s a broke day, but everything is okay. I’m up all night, but everything is alright. It’s a rough week, and I don’t get enough sleep. It’s a long year pretending I belong here.” ― Eminem

92. “Maybe it’s hatred I spew, maybe It’s food for the spirit. Maybe it’s beautiful music I made for you to just cherish.” ― Eminem

93. “Don’t let them say you ain’t beautiful. They can all get fucked, just stay true to you.” ― Eminem

94. “You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay ’em, But you won’t take the sting out these words before I say ’em.” ― Eminem

Which Eminem quotes are your favorite?

Eminem is regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time.

Although he had a troubled childhood and was bullied in school, he rose to become a successful rapper.

His lyrics and quotes have inspired many people who initially felt like they had nothing much to live for.

Hopefully, these Eminem quotes have motivated you to be the best you can be.

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  1. Elisa Watson

    October 8, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Last year when I was started, my music band my friend told me about Eminem. He really impresses me as a motivational signer.

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