100+ Best Ghetto Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational ghetto quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Ghetto Quotes

How could you be from the ghetto and be a rat? — Suge Knight

Part of the reason that women go to college is to get out of the food service, clerical, pink-collar ghetto and into a more white-collar job. That does not necessarily mean they are being paid more than the blue-collar jobs men have. — Gloria Steinem

There’s so little money in my bank account, my scenic checks show a ghetto. — Phyllis Diller

The great moments of rock ‘n’ roll were never off in some corner of the music world, in a self-constructed ghetto. — Bono

In Australia, there just weren’t strong roles for actors of colour. I was often being asked to turn up for commercials with a ghetto blaster on my shoulder. I thought, ‘Are we in the ’60s?’ — DeObia Oparei

I don’t get nothing but love. In every ghetto all over the world. Nothing but love. They respect that I came outta there and I’m doing it the right way. You can’t do nothing but respect that. — Ice Cube

There’s the animation ghetto of feature films in this country. There’s this flavor at DreamWorks, and Pixar does their own thing, and generally they’re safe. But if you look at Walt Disney’s original films, at the time and in the context, they weren’t safe. They were really dark and troubling. — Henry Selick

I didn’t say I wouldn’t go into ghetto areas. I’ve been in many of them and to some extent I would say this; if you’ve seen one city slum, you’ve seen them all. — Spiro T. Agnew

Ghetto-dwellers are the great fantasists. There was an extraordinary vibrancy there, an imaginative life. When you are that poor, all you’ve got left is your belief in the imagination. — Ben Okri

A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle. — Jean Genet

Living in Barcelona, I have my own little ghetto utopia. There are 3,000 ghost towns in Spain, and I’ve used the images of them a lot in my backdrops for my solo spoken-word stuff. The ghost towns could be from two buildings to 40 – things died out, or there were plagues, the roads don’t lead there, whatever. — Lydia Lunch

You leap over the wall of one ghetto and find yourself in another ghetto. — Klaus Kinski

If you can justify killing to eat meat, you can justify the conditions of the ghetto. I cannot justify either one. — Dick Gregory

In 1913, the noted German actor and director Paul Wegener was making a film in Prague when he heard the legend of Rabbi Loew, who created a golem to protect the inhabitants of the Prague ghetto from persecution. — Kage Baker

I grew up in a very loving two-parent household in the middle of one of the worst ghettos in New York City, … I didn’t know I lived in the ghetto until I was like 20, 19. I came to LA with Eddie Murphy and stayed at hotels and all this stuff. When I got back and I saw what my neighborhood looked like, I started getting scared. I just thought everybody lived around abandoned buildings and had crack heads. — Chris Rock

What sort of attractions do you think lured our coreligionists out of the ghetto and into the mainstream of European culture? Was it the wit of Molière, or the ingenious stage mechanisms of Pixérécourt? Or was it simply the opportunity to cast an eye, without shame, upon the living, unclad human form? — Ben Katchor

I’m playing a very strong character, it’s the story of the woman Polish Jews out of the Warsaw ghetto. I’ve just begun my weapons training and the SAS type training that’s getting me fit. — Sadie Frost

Booty is just a ghetto expression, and I’m just a booty star. — Richard Pryor

I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties, when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly. — Alice Walker

My family didn’t have any money growing up. I’m just a girl from the ghetto; from Indio, California. — Vanessa Marcil

One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto. — Stokely Carmichael

I’m the ghetto Martha Stewart, the black Rachel Ray. — Coolio

The suburbanization and the ghettos that were created as a result of the limits of where [African-Americans] could live in the North [still exist today.] And … the South was forced to change, in part because they were losing such a large part of their workforce through the Great Migration. — Isabel Wilkerson

For thugs from the ghetto, violence is a way of life – it’s what helps you survive. — Suge Knight

If you live in a ghetto and really want not to just change your life and your family’s life but change your ghetto’s life, make your ghetto a good neighbourhood, learn science; try to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. — will.i.am

I admire certain priests and nuns who go off on their own and do God’s work on their own, who help in the ghettos, but as far as the institution of the church is concerned, I think it is despicable. — Frank McCourt

Literature doesn’t have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer. His Falstaff, for example, is very African in his appetite for life, his largeness of spirit. The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens characters are Nigerians. — Ben Okri

I’m from Long Beach – not the best area in the world – and I had a lot of ghetto friends growing up. — Manny Montana

Roman’s wife Sharon Tate had been murdered by Charles Manson the year before, but Roman had been through so much leaving the Warsaw ghetto that he was very strong and private. — Francesca Annis

I’m enjoying the money, the big house, the cars; what ghetto kid wouldn’t? — O. J. Simpson

As for the Jews, I am just carrying on with the same policy which the Catholic Church has adopted for fifteen hundred years, when it has regarded the Jews as dangerous and pushed them into ghettos etc., because it knew what the Jews were like. I don’t put race above religion, but I do see the danger in the representatives of this race for Church and State, and perhaps I am doing Christianity a great service. — Adolf Hitler

I was the original socially depraved shy ghetto kid. — Bob Cousy

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. — Ben Stein

The roots of my music start from the ghetto. — Ziggy Marley

As hard as it is, as ghetto as it is, hip-hop is pop music. It’s the sound of music getting out of the ghetto, while rock is looking for a ghetto. — Bono

Why shouldn’t rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it’s this old idea of containment – that rappers, because they’re black, can’t and shouldn’t aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence. — Saul Williams

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

I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto, though it hasn’t been very comfortable. Taken together, their limitations cancel each other out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly. — Lionel Blue

You see, I was born in the slums, that was before the ghetto. The ghetto was kind of refined; the slums was right there on the ground. — Della Reese

I was brought up in this part of Detroit that they used to call the ghetto. — Diana Ross

Because I’m a young black man driving a really nice, expensive car, I sometimes get harassed when I’m rolling through a ghetto neighbourhood. — Coolio

I think it’s a mistake where rap music is these days. It doesn’t seem to be able to look out of the ghetto and that’s ultimately unfortunate, because it defines our limitations. — Saul Williams

You think people making all of this money, they’d leave the ghetto out of them. You’d think they’re making millions of dollars, they’d learn to be civilized. — Shawn Reynolds

Young ghetto boys thought that in this society, the good guys lost and the bad guys won. — Eartha Kitt

Matangi’s mantra is aim, which is MIA backwards. She fights for freedom of speech and stands for truth, and lives in the ghetto because her dad was the first person in Hindu mythology who came from the ‘hood, but had gained enlightenment through not being a Brahmin. — M.I.A.

I was only a working-class boy from a Nationalist ghetto. But it is repression that creates the revolutionary spirit of freedom. — Bobby Sands

Battery never dies, the ghetto keeps me wise. — Big Pun

I lived in the projects and the ghetto, and turned the negative into a positive. — Wyclef Jean

You are creating a ghetto within a ghetto. — Robin Lee

The main reason I wanted to be successful was to get out of the ghetto. My parents helped direct my path. — Florence Griffith Joyner

My original interest in the Nazi holocaust was personal. Both my father and mother were survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps. Apart from my parents, every family member on both sides was exterminated by the Nazis. — Norman Finkelstein

There’s no such thing as losing touch. You can take me out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of me. — Snoop Dogg

What a turnaround in sentiment ‘Glee’ exemplifies. It was only a few years ago that pursuing the dream of a Broadway career or cabaret stardom relegated some poor yearning dope to a lavender ghetto of losers, self-deluders, and social rejects. — James Wolcott

Yet another last night. The last night at home, the last night in the ghetto, the last night in the train, and, now, the last night in Buna. How much longer were our lives to be dragged out from one ‘last night’ to another? — Elie Wiesel

I think there’s an element where people get very comfortable in their ghetto. Which is fair enough. — Neil Tennant

When I saw them leave a black ghetto and become international superstars, in my mind there was no other way to go. That was it. I had to be a musician – that’s how I got into music. — Jerry Brookings

The trouble is not that schools don’t work; they do. They’re excellent machines for achieving historically accepted purposes. In suburban schools are children of the rich, who grow up to privilege and anesthetic oblivion to pain – and who then use the servants produced by ghetto schools. — Jonathan Kozol

Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning. — Rem Koolhaas

But I think people, especially white people, have to come to understand that the language of the ghetto is a language of its own, and as the party- whose members for the most part come from the ghetto- seeks to talk to the people, it must speak the people’s language. — Bobby Seale

It’s important for me to go back into the ghetto, where I’m from. I still get my oxygen from there. I don’t live in the ghetto but every time I go back, I’m seeing the same things that I lived. That’s one of the things I mean when I say, My feet back onto the ground. — Jimmy Cliff

The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books. — Eldridge Cleaver

She’s like a Barbie, then she wants to be a superhero, or coming out of a spaceship and everything’s pink. She makes a certain move that’s ghetto hood mixed with a little robot so its like I’m evolving Nicki Minaj and developing her style. She’s fearless, and I love her. — Laurieann Gibson

I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto and the Jewish badge of shame. The Nazis didn’t have to go very far to pick up their know-how. — Lionel Blue

The roots of rap are originally ghetto-ised or extremely working class. So when you’re an artist who’s making something which isn’t how its mainstream appearance should be, there’s always these strange questions of authenticity and what you have to do to be ‘real’ as a rapper. — Zadie Smith

I find women as writers and as characters are operating within narrow confines. They inherit a kind of ghetto of the soul. I’m trying to enlarge the spectrum. — Kate Braverman

When you a ghetto star, when you a hood star, you gonna take care of your grandmother, your mother. When you on that next level, you gotta take care of the city, the streets. — Young Jeezy

No matter where you from, there’s ghettos all over the place. — Method Man

A democracy survives when its citizens have access to trustworthy and impartial sources of information, when it can discern lies from truth. Take this away and a democracy dies. The fusion of news and entertainment, the rise of a class of celebrity journalists on television who define reporting by their access to the famous and the powerful, the retreat by many readers into the ideological ghettos of the Internet and the ruthless drive by corporations to destroy the traditional news business are leaving us deaf, dumb and blind. — Chris Hedges

For that reason the simple test of the slogan ‘Consume Less’ as a basis for social action on the environment would be to tell it to the blacks in the ghetto. The message will not be very well received for there are many people in this country who consume less than is needed to sustain a decent life. — Barry Commoner

Nobody went out to pasture, and a lot of people are doing their best work. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Sting are at the top of their game. I mean, Tony Bennett is the coolest guy I ever met! We have to figure out how to break out of this age ghetto. — Bonnie Raitt

I am a product of a rat and roach infested black ghetto. It is easy for me to rationalize my dealings as a numbers man. I’ll defend men today who are involved in it. — Don King

‘Be faithful to your roots’ is the liberal version of ‘Stay in your ghetto.’ — Mason Cooley

It was a real neighborhood school. I mean, we used to call it the Irish Catholic ghetto. And there is nothing ghetto about it, because as we realize now, we lived a very upper middle class lifestyle. — S. Hughes

If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life. — Tom Stoppard

Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America. — Theodore White

I always loved the way music made me feel. I did sports at school and all, but when I got home, it was just music. Everybody in my neighborhood loved music. I could jump the back fence and be in the park where there were ghetto blasters everywhere. — Dr. Dre

To me, I’m the epitome of what a ghetto child is: I was raised by a single parent; I stayed in apartments my whole life; I don’t think I’ve ever cut the grass. — Two Chainz

When ghettos become the mainstream of society, islands of individuality cannot help but harbor an elite. — Anton LaVey

When a black person has no electricity, no water, they call it the ghetto. When white people have no electricity and no water, they call it camping. — Carlos Mencia

In one part of locker room, the guys have a plasma TV, so the guys in the ghetto always say, ‘We’re going to come get that,’ — Vince Young

You know, my name …. comes from the word shomer, guardian, watcher. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov. And I believe Hashem [Orthodox for God] actually gave me that name. One of my roles, very important in the United States senate, is to be a shomer — to be a or the shomer Yisrael. And I will continue to be that with every bone in my body … — Charles Schumer

It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed. — Elie Wiesel

This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible. — Carter G. Woodson

We’re from the ghetto. Venus is a ghetto Cinderella. People from the ghetto don’t get nervous. — Richard Williams

Both my father and mother were survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps. Apart from my parents, every family member on both sides was exterminated by the Nazis. — Norman Finkelstein

I was literally fabricated over in France and born about six months after the boat landed at Ellis Island. This was the heart of the Depression. For the first 12 years of my life we lived in a terrible ghetto on the East River. — Bob Cousy

I’m not really sure what I’d like to see people doing more of online, but what I’d like to see less of is the warning signs that not ratifying net neutrality is gonna cause two separate nets: one that the big dogs can afford to be on and the other a ghetto internet that no one goes on. Think FM vs AM radio, or cable vs broadcast TV. — Drew Curtis

If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. — Carter G. Woodson

They should think carefully on how to avoid the sort of ghetto phenomenon. — Nicholas Lemann

I kind of grew up in a neighborhood like that, so I felt I knew 50, … to go inside the ghetto and see what’s the cause of the rage. — Jim Sheridan

We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block – it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America – every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too. — Quincy Jones

One of the things that sells music is when the artist is looked at as someone who’s come up from the streets. Not just any streets, but the toughest, meanest streets of the urban ghetto. And that’s called ‘street credibility,’ — Geoffrey Canada

Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse. — Cornel West

My early childhood prepared me to be a social psychologist. I grew up in a South Bronx ghetto in a very poor family. From Sicilian origin, I was the first person in my family to complete high school, let alone go to college. — Philip Zimbardo

I think that there always have been and always will be at least two Americas – the poor America, the second America, tends to be in the shadows. Sometimes it’s an America of people in a ghetto of color, sometimes it’s an economic ghetto, but definitely there is a parallel America which people in the dominant America prefer to ignore if they can. — William T. Vollmann

A nice thing about children’s books, though I’m probably alone in this opinion among people who write and publish them, is that they did get to be in this unrecognized ghetto for a long time. — Daniel Handler

Although it seems to be a ghetto movie, it very quickly becomes a much more intimate story, the story of this young, teenage, lost, crazy, out-of-control kid and a baby that he hides from his friends. — Gavin Hood

One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me. — Elie Wiesel

Someone came in all Starfleet badges today. Not on my shift, sadly.’ ‘Fascist,’ Leon had said. ‘Why are you so prejudiced against nerds?’ ‘Please,’ Billy said. ‘That would be a bit self-hating, wouldn’t it?’ ‘Yeah, but you pass. You’re like, you’re in deep cover,’ Leon said. ‘You can sneak out of the nerd ghetto and hide the badge and bring back food and clothes and word of the outside world. — China Mieville

I would often get called in to play a very loud, obnoxious – which, truth be told, I can be loud and obnoxious. My issue was when it was like a ghetto girl; I didn’t think I was good at it; I didn’t feel authentic. And so I had insecurities about going in on it. — Retta

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