Both humble and unconventional, these J. Cole quotes will show you the power of being your most authentic self while pursuing your dreams.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known to the world as simply J. Cole, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter.
Born on January 28, 1985, on a military base in Germany, Cole released his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. The album debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified platinum in the United States.
Since then, the Grammy-nominated rapper has gone on to release several more albums that have mostly received positive reviews from critics. In April 2018, he released his fifth album, KOD, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 and has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Besides music, J. Cole has also developed a non-profit organization called the Dreamville Foundation. He also houses single mothers rent-free at his childhood home in North Carolina.
As someone who started out from humble beginnings and worked hard to the top of his game, J. Cole has clearly tapped into his Everyday Power.
In this regard, here are some great J. Cole quotes and lyrics to inspire you to work towards your dreams.
J. Cole quotes about life
1. “Life can bring much pain. There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely.” – J. Cole, Intro (KOD)
2. “You coulda bought a crib with all that bread that you done blew
I know you think this type of revenue is never endin’
But I wanna take a minute just to tell you that ain’t true” – J. Cole, 1985
3. “Every loser gotta win and every winner gotta lose someday” – J. Cole, Deja Vu
4. “Life is all about the evolution” – J. Cole, Change
5. “My life is too crazy, no actor could play me” –J.Cole, KOD
6. “But see I’m growing and getting stronger with every breath” – J. Cole, Change
7. “Time will tell who is on my side” – J. Cole, The Cut Off
8. “Every time you go to sleep you look like you in Heaven” – J.Cole, She’s Mine Pt 1
J. Cole quotes about love and relationships
9. “And the strongest drug of them all – Love” – J.Cole, KOD
10. “Fell in love through photograph
I don’t even know your name” – J. Cole, Photograph
11. “Love today’s gone digital
And it’s messing with my health” – J. Cole, Photograph
12. “Don’t wanna die, ’cause now you’re here
And I just wanna be right by your side” – J. Cole, She’s Mine Pt 2
13. “If I fell in love with you before I ever even knew
I catch your eye then look away as if it never happened” – J. Cole, Deja Vu
14. “Catch me, I’ve fallen in love for the first time” – J. Cole, She’s Mine Pt 2
15. “You are now the reason that I fight
I ain’t never did nothing this right in my whole life” – J. Cole, She’s Mine Pt 2
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J. Cole quotes on faith and spirituality
16. “I know Heaven is a mind state, I’ve been a couple times” – J. Cole, The Cut Off
17. “I put my hand to the sky, I sing
Grateful for the blessings you bring
Thank you for the ones I love
Forgive me for the times I was
Down and confused, I know
What I reap is what I will sow” – J. Cole, Windows Pain
18. “I know that vengeance is the Lord’s and it’s not for me” – J. Cole, The Cut Off
19. “See I believe if God is real, He’d never judge a man
Because He knows us all and therefore He would understand
The ignorance that make a nigga take his brother life
The bitterness and pain that got him beating on his wife” – J. Cole, Change
20. “I know I’m blessed because yo’ stress is realer than anything I done been through” – J. Cole, Windows Pain
21. “As we speak I’m at peace, no longer scared to die” – J. Cole, Change
22. “Sometimes I think pain is just a lack of understanding
If we could only understand it all, would we feel no pain?
God must feel no pain” – J. Cole, Once an Addict
23. “I no longer bury demons, I be a vessel for the truth until I’m barely breathing, I’m singing” – J. Cole, Change
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J. Cole quotes about life’s challenges
24. “One thing about your demons they bound to catch up one day
I’d rather see you stand up and face them than run away” – J. Cole, FRIENDS
25. “I understand this message is not the coolest to say
But if you down to try it I know of a better way
Meditate” – J. Cole, FRIENDS
26. “Feels so right to let things go” – J. Cole, FRIENDS
27. “My intuition is telling me there’ll be better days” – J. Cole, Change
28. “I sit in silence and find whenever I meditate” – J. Cole, Change
29. “My fears alleviate, my tears evaporate
My faith don’t deviate, ideas don’t have a date” – J. Cole, Change
30. “I flip my misfortune and grow me a fortune” – J. Cole, ATM
31. “If the pressure get too much for me to take and I break
Play this tape for my daughter and let her know my life is on it” – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
33. “I was a fool, spent all my time ducking school, ducking cops
Ducking rules, hugging blocks that don’t love you” – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
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J. Cole quotes about achieving dreams and goals
34. “You can dream but don’t neglect the execution” – J. Cole, Change
35. “Time is short that’s what somebody told me” – J. Cole, Change
36. “I’m searching and praying and hoping for something
I know I’m gon’ see it, I know that it’s coming” – J. Cole, For Whom the Bell Tolls
37. “I had to cut some people off ’cause they was using me” – J. Cole, The Cut Off
38. “If practice made perfect, I’m practice’s baby” –J.Cole, KOD
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J. Cole quotes to help you live your best life
39. “At the bottom of the hourglass
Lies sand that represents the past
In which all of my demons rest
I’m calling out for help” – J. Cole, Into (KOD)
40. “How ’bout you listen and never forget?” – J.Cole, KOD
41. “What’s done in the dark will always find a way to shine” – J. Cole, Kevin’s Heart
42. “My heart is big, I want to give too much” – J. Cole, The Cut Off
43. “I’m controlling my mind, the days are warm
The nights are cold, the lost is found, I’m found” – J. Cole, BRACKETS
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44. “One thing about the men that’s controlling the pen
That write history, they always seem to white-out they sins” – J. Cole, BRACKETS
45. “Just because yo’ dick can spray semen, it don’t mean that you ready to let go of yo’ childish ways” – J. Cole, Windows Pain
46. “I try to find employment even if it’s wiping toilets” – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
47. “But the only real change come from inside” – J. Cole, Change
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J. Cole quotes to inspire and teach
48. “I know that everything that glitters ain’t gold
I know the shit ain’t always good as it seems
But tell me till you get it how could you know?” – J. Cole, A Tale of Two Citiez
49. “One day y’all have to decide, who you gon’ be
A scary nigga or a nigga that’s gon’ rule like me” – J. Cole, Fire Squad
50. “Rejection makes you defensive
So you protect your pride with your reflexes
But life is a game with no reset on the end” – J. Cole, Hello
51. “What good is the bread if my niggas is broke?
What good is first class if my niggas can’t sit?” – J. Cole, Middle Child
52. “Everything grows, it’s destined to change” – J. Cole, Middle Child
53. “I studied the greats, I’m the greatest right now” – J. Cole, Middle Child
54. “This year gon’ be different, I set my intentions
I promise to slap all that hate out your voice”- J. Cole, Middle Child
55. “I wish that he had more guidance, for real
Too many niggas in cycle of jail” – J. Cole, Middle Child
56. “I feel like this: Whatever is in your path and in your heart, you need to do.”- J. Cole
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Inspirational J. Cole quotes that will expand your mind
57. “Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do.”- J. Cole
58. “It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success.”- J. Cole
59. “I had a lot of resistance, and not just to fame. I was always conscious of not changing.” – J. Cole
60. “Sometimes our dreams come true, sometimes our fears do too.”- J. Cole
61. “People congratulate me. I just tell them God is good.”- J. Cole
62. “We got dreams and we got the right to chase ‘em.” – J. Cole
63. “My life accelerated, but had to wait my turn. But then I redecorated, that means my tables turn.”- J. Cole
64. “Nothing lasts forever, but at least we’ve got these memories.”- J. Cole
65. “In a game full of liars it turns out that I’m the truth. Some say that rap’s alive. It turns out that I’m the proof.” – J. Cole
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Other J. Cole quotes to inspire and motivate you
66. “Anything’s possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles.” – J. Cole
67. “The music becomes more pure and soulful when it’s true, and it has to be true these days with the way the internet works, and the way the game works, everyone wants authentic raps.” – J. Cole
68. “You keep falling victim ‘cause you’re insecure, and when I tell you you’re beautiful you can’t be sure.” – J. Cole
69. “I don’t live for the accolades. I’m more so about the music. Making it, and putting it out. Those are the two best feelings.” – J. Cole
70. “Anything I do, I do it well.” – J. Cole
71. “My fans love me for me, my beats, my rhymes.” – J. Cole
72. “If they don’t know your dreams, they can’t shoot them down.” – J. Cole
73. “There’s a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. So, think about that before you judge someone.” – J. Cole
74. “Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.” – J. Cole
75. “They say time is money but really, it’s not. If we ever go broke, time is all we got.” – J. Cole
76. “No such thing as life that’s better than yours.” – J. Cole
77. “No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on.” – J. Cole
78. “I want people to follow their dreams, yes… but I’m not interested in telling young black kids how to be rappers… I want to show them that there’s so many other paths you can take, besides a rapper or basketball player.”
– J. Cole
79. “As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends & more important to have real ones.” – J. Cole
80. “One thing you should know about me is I never play to lose, Always aim high and rarely obey the rules.” – J. Cole
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More J. Cole quotes and lyrics
81. “The bad news is nothing lasts forever, the good news is nothing lasts forever.” – J. Cole
82. “Cause you a star—no, not the type that snort the white lines. I mean the type to light the nighttime.” – J. Cole
83. “The thing about being an artist today is you get to develop right in front of people’s eyes before you even put out an album.” – J. Cole
84. “I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think something’s not good enough, and I won’t stop until I feel like I’ve made it. I’m never satisfied.” – J Cole
85. “This is my canvas, imma paint it how I want to baby.” – J. Cole
86. “We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the pictures still.” – J. Cole
87. “I pay attention to lyrics and I know what rap fans care about. I try to write for the average listener and I’m conscious of the mainstream without selling out.” – J. Cole
88. “If I was to go to sleep before midnight, I would feel weird about myself, like I wasted a day. My most productive hours are between midnight and five.” – J. Cole
89. “You can’t reverse fame. You can lose all the money, but you’ll never lose people knowing you.” – J. Cole
100. “I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.” – J. Cole
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What’s your favorite J. Cole quote?
J. Cole is widely popular for his incredibly inspiring lyrics. He started out from humble beginnings but his hard work has seen him rise to the top.
And despite achieving all this success, he remains one of the realest rappers in the game. Hopefully, these J. Cole quotes and lyrics have inspired you to work towards your dreams and live your best life.
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March 11, 2021 6:00 AM EST