81+ Best Kanye West Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Kanye Omari West is an American producer, rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer who parlayed his production success in the late 1990s and early 2000s into a career as a popular, critically acclaimed solo artist. Motivational Kanye West quotes will make you a better person by believing in yourself and your ability to make your dreams real.

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Top Kanye West Quotes

Shoot for the stars, so if you fall you land on a cloud. – Kanye West

Everything I’m not makes me everything I am. – Kanye West

I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness. – Kanye West

I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on. – Kanye West

I’m going down as a legend, whether you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain. – Kanye West

Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else? – Kanye West

All these walls that keep us from loving each other as one family or one race – racism, religion, where we grew up, whatever, class, socioeconomic – what makes us be so selfish and prideful, what keeps us from wanting to help the next man, what makes us be so focused on a personal legacy as opposed to the entire legacy of a race. – Kanye West

My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live. – Kanye West

People always tell you, ‘Be humble. Be humble.’ When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome! – Kanye West

I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it. – Kanye West

My goal is just to be respected as a man when I walk down the street with my family. I don’t care what your job is, you’re not gonna talk down to me, you’re not gonna try to get a rise out of me. I’m a man first. And in establishing that, some interesting things have happened. – Kanye West

The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible? – Kanye West

I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we’ve seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka… and welcome to my chocolate factory. – Kanye West

I’m the fcking end all, be all of music. – Kanye West

I would hear stories about Steve Jobs and feel like he was at 100 percent exactly what he wanted to do, but I’m sure even a Steve Jobs has compromised. Even a Rick Owens has compromised. You know, even a Kanye West has compromised. Sometimes you don’t even know when you’re being compromised till after the fact, and that’s what you regret. – Kanye West

I think business has to be stupider. I want to do really straightforward, stupid business – just talk to me like a 4-year-old. And I refuse to negotiate. I do not negotiate. I can collaborate. But I’m an artist, so as soon as you negotiate, you’re being compromised. – Kanye West

I just told you who I thought I was: A god. I just told you. That’s who I think I am. – Kanye West

I didn’t know the term ‘synesthesia’ until I was working on ‘Cruel Summer.’ Halfway into writing that, I really understood that, my entire life, I had been trying to describe this condition of mine: through painting, through this seven-screen Surround Vision film we shot in Qatar, through all these things. – Kanye West

In my humble opinion, that’s a prophetic statement. Gandhi would have said something like that. – Kanye West

Nothing in life is promised except death. – Kanye West

But for me to have the opportunity to stand in front of a bunch of executives and present myself, I had to hustle in my own way. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was that they didn’t get that. No joke – I’d leave meetings crying all the time. – Kanye West

Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. – Kanye West

In today’s world, having money has allowed people who are extremely uncool to think that they’re cool and carry it like that. People who really are cool and people who really are artists and have ideas have to literally turn in their cool card to society just to make it past the age of 28. – Kanye West

I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice. – Kanye West

There was a time Michael Jackson couldn’t get his video on MTV because he was considered to be ‘urban.’ The Michael Jackson. So, I literally have to be the Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break down the doors for everyone who will come after I’m gone, after I’m dead. – Kanye West

Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it? – Kanye West

If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed. – Kanye West

Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the rising sun. – Kanye West

I am Warhol. I am the No. 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. – Kanye West

I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live. – Kanye West

I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever. – Kanye West

I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever. – Kanye West

I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, you’re finished. The shoe’s finished. – Kanye West

The concept of commercialism in the fashion and art world is looked down upon. You know, just to think, ‘What amount of creativity does it take to make something that masses of people like?’ And, how does creativity apply across the board? – Kanye West

Why, if someone is good in one field can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields? – Kanye West

Fashion breaks my heart. – Kanye West

I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying. – Kanye West

You don’t have to be scared of me, because I am loyal. Why are people so scared of creative ideas and so scared of the truth? All I want to do is do good. – Kanye West

I still think I am the greatest. – Kanye West

I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn. – Kanye West

I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they’re looting, if you see a white family it says they’re looking for food. – Kanye West

Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. – Kanye West

Black people can be the most conservative, the most discriminating. Especially among ourselves. It wasn’t white people who said all black men have to wear baggy jeans. – Kanye West

My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure. – Kanye West

I know I got angels watching me from the other side. – Kanye West

For me giving up is way harder than trying. – Kanye West

I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle – Kanye West

If you admire somebody, you should go ahead and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them. – Kanye West

Believe in your flyness…conquer your shyness – Kanye West

Love your haters – they’re your biggest fans – Kanye West My music isn’t just music- its medicine. – Kanye West

Sometimes when I see a bad performance and people still clap… I wonder if they’re clapping because they liked what they saw or because they’re happy it’s over? – Kanye West

To use is necessary. And if you can’t be used, then you’re useless. – Kanye West

I believe in myself like a five-year-old believes in himself. They say look at me, look at me! Then they do a flip in the backyard. It won’t even be that amazing, but everyone will be clapping for them. – Kanye West

I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying. – Kanye West

I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. – Kanye West

Having money isn’t everything, not having it is. – Kanye West

That that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger. – Kanye West

Success is the best revenge. – Kanye West

If you know you’re the best, it only makes sense for you to surround yourself with the best. NO EXCEPTIONS – Kanye West

They say ya additude determines ya laditude… – Kanye West

Talkin’, talkin, talkin’, talk. Baby, let’s just knock it off. They don’t know what we been through. They don’t know ’bout me and you. – Kanye West

West Keep rockin’, and keep knockin’ Whether you Louis Vuitton it up or Reebokin’ You see the hate, that they’re servin’ on a platter So what we gon’ have, dessert or disaster? – Kanye West

Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books … I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life. – Kanye West

The prettiest people do the ugliest things. – Kanye West

I’ve known my mom since I was zero years old. She is quite dope. – Kanye West

I know I got to be right now Cause I can’t get much wronger – Kanye West

George Bush doesn’t care about black people… They’re saying black families are looting and white families are just looking for food… they’re giving the (Army) permission to shoot us. – Kanye West

In the night, I hear ’em talk. Coldest story ever told. Somewhere far along this road he lost his soul. – Kanye West

Take your diamonds and throw em up like you’re bulimic. Yeah, the beat cold, but the flow is anemic. – Kanye West

I wonder…would you rather have 100 from an average person or 10 from someone who is outstanding – Kanye West

I just needed time alone with my own thoughts Got treasures in my mind but couldn’t open up my own vault – Kanye West

My life is dope and I do dope sh*t. – Kanye West

The plan was, we drink until the pain is over but what’s worse, the pain or the hangover? – Kanye West

The things that don’t kill me makes me stronger – Kanye West

You’ve got to be really dialed into exactly who you are to the one hundredth power or you’re just everyone else – Kanye West

There are leaders, and there’s followers…but I’d rather be a dck than a swallower – Kanye West

I’m not interested in things unless they hit me in a certain place in my heart. I get bored really easily. I’m like majorly underwhelmed in general. – Kanye West

I’m so gifted at finding’ what I don’t like the most – Kanye West

It ain’t happened yet and that’s what intuition is – Kanye West

Where I’m from the dope boys is the rock stars, but they can’t cop cars without seeing cop cars. I guess they want us all behind bars. I know it. – Kanye West

Less talk more head right now, huh? – Kanye West

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