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80 Tupac Quotes on Life, Love, And Being Real That Will Inspire You

Tupac quotes are for anyone who still misses the man who inspired millions with his powerful lyrics.

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These Tupac quotes and lyrics are just as powerful today as they were when the late rapper was still alive. If you’re searching for 2Pac quotes to help you get inspired, these motivational words about love and life will have you looking at the world in a new light.

Tupac Shakur was a superstar in every sense of the word. As a musician, he was the face of west coast hip-hop during the 90s.

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And, as an advocate 2Pac often spoke out about police brutality and financial greed.

Tupac Shakur is best known for his albums, 2Pacalypse Now (1991), Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… (1993), Me Against the World (1995), All Eyez on Me (1996) and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996).

2Pac is one of the best selling artists of all time, in any genre with over 75 million records sold (as of 2007).

Tupac was one of my favorite rappers as I was growing up.

I loved his delivery, he spoke with so much passion. His content was about being a young man trying to find himself while avoiding all the traps and pitfalls of life.

And his confidence was just electric. I have been a 2pac fan my entire life and putting together this collection of quotes was a lot of fun.

Tupac Amaru Shakur born Lesane Parish Crooks

June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996

Below is our collection inspirational, real, and thought-provoking Tupac quotes and lyrics, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Famous Tupac Quotes on Thug Life, Success and Dreams

1.) Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on dreams

2.) I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on fear

3.) Don’t change on me. Don’t extort me unless you intend to do it forever. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on change

4.) Our future is our confidence and self-esteem. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on confidence

5.) Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on self esteem

6.) If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about a brighter day

7.) During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about life

8.) We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on sharing

9.) The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone. – Tupac Shakur

thought provoking Tupac Quotes

Tupac Quotes about love and life

10.) Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on happiness

11.) When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on character

12.) We was young and we was dumb, but we had heart. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes on youth

13.) Do everything you can to make it around the system, over the system, or out the system. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about the system

14.) All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about lifestyle

15.) My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.’ – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about his mama

16.) “I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn for affection”  – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about perfectionism

17.) Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about loss

18.) I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about change

19.) This fast life soon shatters, cause after all the lights and screams, nothing but my dreams matter. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about what matters

2pac quotes about life, success, and fame

20.) One thing we all adore, something worth dying for, nothing but pain, stuck in this game, searchin’ for fortune and fame. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about fame

21.) I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about fortune

22.) The only time I have problems is when I sleep. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about time

23.) “Just cause you live in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about growth

24.) “When I was a little baby, I remember that one moment of calm-peace, and 3 minutes after that, it was on.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about inner peace

25.) “I’m not saying girls are perfect cause we all know that’s not true. But why be unfaithful to her if she was true to you?” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about relationships

26.) “I hate the man in the mirror ’cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about self reflection

27.) “Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are 2 steps ahead.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about backbiters

28.) “I would rather be stricken blind, than to live without expression of mind.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes about mindset

29.) “You know nothing can stop me but loss of breath and I’m still breathing so it’s still on.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Quotes to keep you going

30.) People die but legends live forever. – Tupac Shakur

memorable Tupac Quotes

Tupac quotes on greatness

31.) I’m 23 years old. I might just be my mother’s child, but in all reality, I’m everybody’s child. Nobody raised me; I was raised in this society. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac quotes and short poems

32.) “Why am I fighting to live,
If I am just living to fight
Why am I trying to see.
When there aint nothing in sight
Why am I trying to give,
When no one gives me a try
Why am I dying to live,
If I am just living to die?”  – Tupac Shakur

Tupac quotes from his poems – I Cry

33.) “Sometimes when I’m alone
I Cry,
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form
I Cry because my heart is torn.
I find it difficult to carry on.
If I had an ear to confide in,
I would cry among my treasured friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.
And sometimes…
I Cry
and no one cares about why.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac quotes from his poems – Where There Is A Will

34.) “Where There is a will
there is a will
to search and discover
a better day

Where a positive heart
is all you need
to rise beyond
and succeed

Where young minds grow
and respect each other
based on their deeds
and not their color

when times are dim
say as I say
“Where there’s a will
there’s a way!” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac quotes from his songs

35.) “Father Forgive Us For Livin’
Why All My Homies Stuck In Prison?
Barely Breathin’ Believin That The World Is A Prison,
It’s Like A Ghetto We Could Neva Leave…

A Broken Rose, Trying to Bloom Through The Cracks Of The Concrete,
So Many Otha Things For Us To See, Things To Be,
Our History so Full Of Tragedy And Misery,

To All My Homies Neva Made It Home,
The Dead Peers I Shed Tatooed Tears For
When I’m Alone,

Picture Us Inside A Ghetto Heaven, A Place To Rest,
Findin’ Peace Through This Land Of Stress,

In My Chest I Feel Pain, Come In Sudden Storms,
Life Full Of Rain In This Game Watch For landstorms,

Our Unborn,
Neva Gotta Grow
Neva Gotta See What’s Next,
In This World Full Of Countless Threats,

I Beg God To Make A Way
For Our Ghetto Kids To Breathe
Show A Sign
Make Us All Believe,
Cause I Ain’t Mad At Cha”  – Tupac Shakur

Tupac quotes on society, life, and death

36.) I  want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear. – Tupac Shakur

37.) I don’t want to be a role model. I just want to be someone who says, this is who I am, this is what I do, I say what’s on my mind. – Tupac Shakur

38.) I feel like role models today are not meant to be put on a pedestal. But more like angels with broken wings. – Tupac Shakur

39.) I am a society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America. – Tupac Shakur

Tupac quotes about being strong in life

40.) Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing, don’t believe him. And if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him. – Tupac Shakur

41.) That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don’t see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life. – Tupac Shakur

42.) I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it. – Tupac Shakur

43.) I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that’s bad, I’m going to suffer from it. But in my mind, I believe what I’m doing is right. So I feel like I’m going to heaven. – Tupac Shakur

44.) In my mind, I’ll be thinking is this true, will I fail? Am I supposed to fail?  Should I just stop trying and give up?  But then, that’s exactly what they’re waiting for me to do. – Tupac Shakur

45.) “There’s no way that Michael Jackson or whoever Jackson should have a million thousand droople billion dollars and then there are people starving. There’s no way! There’s no way that these people should own planes and their people don’t have houses. Apartments. Shacks. Drawers. Pants! I know you’re rich. I know you got 40 billion dollars, but can you just keep it to one house? You only need ONE house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it to two rooms? I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room?! It just doesn’t make sense to me. It don’t.” – Tupac Shakur

46.) There’s gonna be some stuff you gonna see that’s gonna make it hard to smile in the future, but through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain you gotta keep your sense of humor. You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit…remember that. – Tupac Shakur

47.) “we wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, don’t ask me why thank god, and ask me how”  – Tupac Shakur

48.) “You gotta make a change. Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.” – Tupac Shakur

49.) I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottle. I make mistakes but learn from every one. And when it’s said and done. I bet this brother be a better one. If I upset you don’t stress. Never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet. – Tupac Shakur

50.) I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them to have answers. – Tupac Shakur

51.) You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on. – Tupac Shakur

52.) It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave. – Tupac Shakur

Positive Tupac quotes from his songs

53.) Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers – Tupac Shakur, Changes

54.) Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place – Tupac Shakur, Hail Mary

55.) It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other – Tupac Shakur, Changes

56.) For a woman it ain’t easy tryin’ to raise a man – Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama

57.) Time to heal our women, be real to our women – Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

58.) Everything will be alright if you hold on
It’s a struggle every day, gotta roll on – Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama

59.) I know you’re fed up, ladies, but keep ya head up – Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

60.) Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Provin nature’s laws wrong
It learned to walk without having feet
Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams
It learned to breathe FRESH air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
When no one else, even cared – Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Tupac quotes to inspire and teach

61.) You gotta learn to hold your own – Tupac Shakur, Changes

62.) Sometimes life can be a heavy load – Tupac Shakur, Hail Mary

63.) There’s no way I can pay you back, but the plan
Is to show you that I understand: you are appreciated – Tupac Shakur, Dear mama

64.) It seems the rain’ll never let up
I try to keep my head up and still keep from gettin’ wet up – Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up

65.) Look to my future, ‘cause my past is all behind me – Tupac Shakur, Only God Can Judge Me

66.) They punish the people that’s askin’ questions
And those that possess steal from the ones without possessions
The message I stress: to make it stop, study your lessons
Don’t settle for less, even the genius asks his questions – Tupac Shakur, Me Against The World

67.) Recollect your thoughts, don’t get caught up in the mix – Tupac Shakur, Only God Can Judge Me

68.) Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic – Tupac Shakur, Me Against The World

69.) Don’t think I don’t see you haters, I know y’all in disguise – Tupac Shakur, Only God Can Judge Me

70.) Be grateful for blessings – Tupac Shakur, Me Against The World

More Tupac quotes to inspire you

71.) “Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?” – Tupac Shakur

72.) “Can’t close my eyes cause all I see is terror. I hate the man in the mirror cause his reflection makes the pain turn realer.” – Tupac Shakur

73.) “There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.” – Tupac Shakur

74.) “We all gonna die, we bleed from similar veins.” – Tupac Shakur

75.) “The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.” – Tupac Shakur

76.) “You can never “just be friends” with someone you fall in love with.” – Tupac Shakur

77.) “Even warriors put their spears down on Sundays.” – Tupac Shakur

78.) “Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.” – Tupac Shakur

79.) “A woman brought you into this world, so you have no right to disrespect one.” – Tupac Shakur

80.) “Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”– Tupac Shakur

Which of these Tupac quotes was your favorite?

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    August 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
    Provin nature’s laws wrong
    It learned to walk without having feet
    Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams
    It learned to breathe FRESH air
    Long live the rose that grew from concrete
    When no one else, even cared – Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew From Concrete

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    July 11, 2019 at 2:43 am


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    Jason Gruzeski

    June 27, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    …and now I feel abandoned because Pat Buchanan says I’m greedy/ you can take my taxes, send me to war but you can’t feed me?

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    June 21, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Its better to be live blind than live without the reflections of the mind …..

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    June 15, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody… The meaning of T-H-U-G-L-I-F-E

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    Tilt Chamberlain

    June 7, 2019 at 2:33 am

    My every move is a calculated step
    To bring me closer to embrace an early death
    Now there’s nothin’ left

    Will I survive ’til the morning to see the sun? Please lord forgive me for my sins, ’cause here I come

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    March 27, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Its a struggle for black man out there , you know how it is …Only god can judge me & always do your best don’t let the pressure make you panic .

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    February 28, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Dont change me,dont extort me unless you intend to do it forever

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    Miles G-G Marlone

    February 23, 2019 at 4:48 am

    In these lessons in your eyes to see. though things changed, the future stil inside in me. U must remember that tomorrow comes after the dark. coz u always be in my heart, with unconditional LOVE

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    Harriel freeman

    February 13, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    How can such a young man have so much knowledge and wisdom and understanding at such a young age. I can say growing up for him was do hard. PAC you are appreciated much love for you family

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    January 29, 2019 at 6:35 am

    rose with broken petals .it grew on cocrete

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    January 20, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    #18 and #27

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    January 16, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic

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    January 16, 2019 at 5:49 am

    It’s a struggle for every young black man out there, you know how it is. Only God can judge us

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    December 20, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    i dont mind those talk behind my back coz it means am 2steps ahead.

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    oarabile gemma bafisi

    November 24, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    stay strong and thug it out some day that pain will be useful to you

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    Cosmas mwala

    November 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    That cant kill me makes me stronger

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