98+ Best Thug Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational thug quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Thug Quotes

There was no person, whether they thought I was too fat, too black, too country, too ghetto, too New York, too thug or too whatever! Nobody ultimately had the say over whether or not I was going to make it. — Kelly Price

Comparison is a thug that robs your joy. But its even more than that – Comparison makes you a thug who beats down somebody – or your soul. — Ann Voskamp

Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die. — Tupac Shakur

This was not an attack by a mentally deranged, lone-wolf gunman. This was not an ‘un-Islamic’ attack by a bunch of thugs – the perpetrators could be heard shouting that they were avenging the Prophet Muhammad. Nor was it spontaneous. It was planned to inflict maximum damage, during a staff meeting, with automatic weapons and a getaway plan. It was designed to sow terror, and in that it has worked. — Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I grew up on the rough side of the tracks. If you looked like you were soft, you would be fodder for the wolves. I came up in my neighbourhood like, ‘I’m just gonna be me,’ and all the thugs just said, ‘It’s OK, he’s special.’ They knew I had the talent with the rhymes, so they kept me around. — Q-Tip

Why is it that we all – myself included – believe these stories? Why are we so quick to assume that the TSA is a bunch of jack-booted thugs, officious and arbitrary and drunk with power? It’s because everything seems so arbitrary, because there’s no accountability or transparency in the DHS. — Bruce Schneier

Nature has been taken over by thugs who care absolutely nothing about it. We need to take nature back. — Richard Louv

So why would I want to call myself a conservative after the way them white racist thugs have used that word to hide behind? They call themselves new Republicans. — Dick Gregory

Iran’s stance has always been clear on this ugly phenomenon (Israel). We have repeatedly said that this cancerous tumor of a state should be removed from the region… No one will allow a bunch of thugs, lechers and outcasts from London, America and Moscow to rule over the Palestinians. — Ali Khamenei

I’m not a gangster, I’m not a thug.. I’m just me and if I feel like someone is trying to hurt me.. yeah I’m gonna hurt ’em.. if you come and you ain’t coming right I’m gonna blow your head off. — Curtis Jackson

I’m married to the street; I ain’t gonna switch over. I ain’t gonna go religion on nobody. I believe in God – God is for the thugs too – but the streets are in the most trouble. So I’mma keep it focused on the streets and the struggle. That’s what I’m mainly about. — Trick Daddy

Welcome to Smackdown. This is where the franchise plays. That’s Tazz, he’s a thug. And that’s Michael Cole, he’s gay. — John Cena

If have to undergo preschool safety checks every morning, why does a random thug get to own an assault rifle? — Christine Pelosi

If there is a God, he is a malign thug. — Mark Twain

The joke used to be that a thug with a long police record could show up, run the 40 in 4.4 seconds and be a high draft choice. But that’s not always the case anymore. — Conley Duncan

Even at drama school if there was a part of some eastern European thug it would be me. — Alfred Molina

I’m not really a religious person. But I believe that God wants me to do something and it has to do with Thug Life. — Tupac Shakur

The theme seems to be going toward thug ball. We should be shooting 60 free throws per game. — Mark Few

It seems far-fetched, even preposterous, to blame the global economic order for the persistence of severe poverty in countries that are ruled by obvious thugs and crooks. — Thomas Pogge

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

What the hell is social justice? What sort of fool can imagine income equality as dictated by bureaucrats and government thugs? I dare anyone to attempt to explain those drug-inspired fantasies in meaningful terms. — Ted Nugent

Was the collaboration of some slaves any different than the silence of some Iranians who stood by and did nothing as Savak thugs murdered and tortured opponents of the Shah? How could we judge other men until we had stood in their shoes? — Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

I’ve been a thug since 1966, and this feels good. When people come up and you look into their faces and see all the sadness, and then they thank you like you are the one giving this stuff to them, it makes you tear up. — James Cox

Theres a fine line between physical and thug ball, and the Knicks have crossed the line on occasion. — Marv Albert

New York! The white prisons, the sidewalks swarming with maggots, the breadlines, the opium joints that are built like palaces, the kikes that are there, the lepers, the thugs, and above all, the ennui, the monotony of faces, streets, legs, houses, skyscrapers, meals, posters, jobs, crimes, loves… A whole city erected over a hollow pit of nothingness. Meaningless. Absolute meaningless. — Henry Miller

habit, a particularly insidious thug who chokes passion and smothers love. Habit puts us on autopilot. — Diane Ackerman

When you see a black guy on TV, he’s always a thug or always portrayed as someone that’s in trouble. It spreads the message to everyone else that that’s who we are. People often don’t try to understand black men as a whole. We’re creative, strong and influential. — Thomas Jones

He didn’t come across as a thug or as someone looking for trouble. He was a nice, articulate and charming guy. … Local scenes in rap can be really fragmented but this may cause people to band together. — Erik Parker

Condelleza Rice and Colin Powell are both dangerous people. What they did in Haiti [2004 U.S.-backed coup that ousted democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide] is a good measure of it. They destroyed a democracy. They squelched loans that had been approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. They did everything behind the scenes, including arming the thugs that came to overrun the country. They’re frauds. — Randall Robinson

Putin himself is a character out of fiction, an uber-macho former Soviet thug running a massive, expansionist kleptocracy. The man stages photographs riding horses barechested and hunting tigers. His enemies find themselves on the wrong end of radioactive poisoning. — Ben Shapiro

I know better than most people that a criminal isn’t always a thug in a black leather jacket with a big brand on his forehead to warn us away. Criminals sit next to us on the bus. They pack our groceries and cash our paychecks for us and teach our children. They look no different from you or me. And that’s why they get away with it. — Jodi Picoult

We have to deal with reality. The reality is, we have a number a very high number of illegal immigrants in this country. They’re meeting an important economic need. And we are a nation of laws, and we’re a nation of immigrants. And if we’re going to address the real threats, then we need to have a temporary worker program to allow our Border Patrol agents to focus on the criminals and the thugs and the terrorists and the traffickers and smugglers that are trying to come into this country illegally. — Scott McClellan

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

My family tree consists of drug dealers, thugs, and killers. — Tupac Shakur

The United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom. — George W. Bush

The most experience I had in the criminology field is playing a thug as an actor. That was my first paid job. The police academy at the college was paying people to reenact the calls that potential cops would get. So I got to play thugs and people who were unruly. — Jeremy Renner

To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field – don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family. — Richard Sherman

When you look at Hitler and those thugs, you can put Walmart right next to them. — Dick Gregory

The slow-rising central horror of Watergate is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it. — Hunter S. Thompson

What are they teaching these thugs? -Why are there so many of them? -What is the Institute for Higher Aeronautics? -How many of the are there? There are only six of us! Why? -Why is DC public transportation so weird? -Why don’t we mug those Eraser goons for money more often? -Fang’s Blog — James Patterson

Who doesn’t love Game of Thrones? Sons of Anarchy is funny and thug-ish. I love Shameless. I just sit with my hat tipped, waiting for something to happen, more than going out after the shows. — Gavin Rossdale

I am deeply worried because we are seeing an unleashing of violence by 2,000 to 3,000 thugs who come to smash and loot. My objective is to avoid mistakes by the police, so that people can protest in safety. — Nicolas Sarkozy

I do know enough about economics and so do you to understand that the ‘stimulus program’ of Barack Obama and his ravenous parasitic hordes, supposedly designed to ‘repair’ America’s broken economy, reveals him to be unimaginably stupid, gibberingly insane, or simply the biggest, most barefaced criminal thug ever to occupy the White House. And that’s saying a lot. — L. Neil Smith

There’s an enormous amount of corruption, and as one American adviser put it to me, The police in Afghanistan are thugs. We equip them, we train them, and now they are equipped and trained thugs. — Jeff Merkley

War is a thug’s game. The thug strikes first and harder. He doesn’t go by rules and he isn’t afraid of hurting people. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams. — Tupac Shakur

A thug is someone who stands on his own. He lives by the decisions he makes and accepts the consequences. A thug is comfortable in his own skin. I wear mine like a glove. — Trick Daddy

When intellectual leaders fail to foster the best in the mixed, unformed, vacillating character of people at large, the thugs are sure to bring out the worst. When the ablest men turn into cowards, the average men turn into brutes. — Ayn Rand

A thug is what I want and a thug is what I need. And my friends don’t understand, and I think it’s jealousy. — Curtis Jackson

He called her a MILF, which must be offensive because Miss Castle called him a thug and sent hit out of the room. Gabe, what is a MILF?”- Bethany — Alexandra Adornetto

When we affect to condemn savages, we should remember that by doing so we asperse our own progenitors; for they were savages also.Who can swear that among the naked British barbarians sent to Rome to be stared at more than 1500 years ago, the ancestor of Bacon might not have been found?–Why, among the very Thugs of India, or the bloody Dyaks of Borneo, exists the germ of all that is intellectually elevated and grand. We are all of us–Anglo-Saxons, Dyaks and Indians–sprung from one head and made in one image. — Herman Melville

I would have waived the Jones Act, and some unions not might not like it, not union membership, but the union leaders, too many, who are thugs. — Sarah Palin

The real terrorist threats are George W. Bush and his band of brown-shirted thugs. — Sandra Bernhard

The necessary consequence of man’s right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative. If some pacifist society renounced the retaliatory use of force, it would be left helplessly at the mercy of the first thug who decided to be immoral. Such a society would achieve the opposite of its intention: instead of abolishing evil, it would encourage and reward it. — Ayn Rand

Props is a true thug’s wife. — Nas

Mechanical instruments, potentially a vehicle of rational human purposes, are scarcely a blessing when they enable the gossip of the village idiot and the deeds of the thug to be broadcast to a million people each day. — Lewis Mumford

Life give to you what you gave to it. So give your best. — Tupac Shakur

We are victims of – the DNC and other institutions are victims of a cybercrime led by thugs. — Donna Brazile

You just gotta be who you are, and I think it’s time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association. Call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association, and stop calling them teams. Call ’em gangs. — Rush Limbaugh

It was great to play an ex-marine cockney thug. All my roles are as different as the colours of the rainbow. — Luke Treadaway

Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk. — Bill O’Reilly

Nations are not thugs. They are bodies of intelligent people. — Rufus Jones

House GOP Leader John Boehner on Monday rightly sounded the alarm over billions in stimulus tax dollars that could potentially go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). But the Republican leadership has only scratched the surface over what amounts to a bottomless slush fund for a bigger coalition of housing entitlement thugs. — Michelle Malkin

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

Somebody help me, tell me where to go from here cause even Thugs cry, but do the Lord care? — Tupac Shakur

But to fight something, you really have to try to understand its motivations—particularly when the something you’re fighting holds most of the cards, the deck is stacked against you, and the whole gambling hall is on fire and filled with thugs. — Greg Bear

A street thug and a paid killer are professionals – beasts of prey, if you will, who have dissociated themselves from the rest of humanity and can now see human beings in the same way that trout fishermen see trout. — Willard Gaylin

The way I see it, anyone who’s proud of their country is either a thug or just hasn’t read enough history yet. — Richard K. Morgan

I was raised in Chicago and I guess that was one of the special breeding grounds for gangsters of all colors. That was the Detroit of the gangster world. The car industry was thugs. — Quincy Jones

If some thug breaks into my home I can use my roundhouse kick, but I prefer he look down the barrel of my gun. — Chuck Norris

We’ve seen the reality of Saddam’s regime: his thugs prepared to kill their own people, the parading of prisoners of war and now the release of those pictures of executed British soldiers. — Tony Blair

Every anti-gay remark from the Church gives the thug a license to be cruel. — Ian Mckellen

I worked with Ice-T, Ice Cube, and Tupac! But Tupac was the sweetest man in the world. That whole thug thing was an act – it was silly and dumb. He was a complete gentleman and one of the kindest men I’ve ever met. — Lori Petty

Molly blinked, then looked at Thomas and said, Wait a minute…. We’re his flunkies. You, may be, Thomas said, sneering. I’m his thug. I’m way higher than a flunky. You are high if you think I’m taking any orders from you, Molly said tartly. — Jim Butcher

When the entertainers of the Right aren’t declaring their disgust with President Obama for groveling before foreign potentates, they’re pretending to fear him as a left-wing thug, an exemplar of what they call ‘the Chicago way.’ — Thomas Frank

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

The local police who know every one of these [illegal] criminals, and they know each and every one by name, by crime, where they live, they will work so fast. And our local police will be so happy that they don’t have to be abused by these thugs anymore. — Donald Trump

Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me! – young Cassius Clay to heavily favored thug Sonny Liston during the weigh in before Cassius wins his first title and changes his name to Muhammad Ali. — Muhammad Ali

It’s like hard meets soft. The thug is how they dress, kind of street, but they’re good kids and they make the right decisions. — Shawn Wayans

Curtis Curtis jackson..he’s the fakest thug I ever did see — Fat Joe

Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220 pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110 pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out. Is that evil? Is that wrong? — L. Neil Smith

Well, we can’t afford blindness anymore. There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death, and want to annihilate Western civilization. — Tony Snow

A thug only understands you when you speak his language — Alexander Lukashenko

I’m a thug. And my thug comes from… my definition of thug comes from half of the street element. Straight street hustling. — Tupac Shakur

I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn’t bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I’ve ended up with an educated thug. — Sade Adu

Violent movements attract thugs and firebrands who enjoy the mayhem. Violent tactics provide a pretext for retaliation by the enemy and alienate third parties who might otherwise support the movement. — Steven Pinker

Cuttin’ taxes for strippers and thugs. — Ja Rule

I am the epitome of the underdog. By societies standards I should have been dead a long time ago, and I was nobody’s gangster, I wasn’t a thug, I wasn’t selling drugs on the corner – I was scared of that. — Michael K. Williams

I take cabs if I need to get somewhere or I take car service. I don’t drive, I wouldn’t mind riding a bike… People think that because you become an entertainer you gotta have this rock star thug image. I’m an artist, man. I’m going to live like an artist. — ASAP Rocky

It is no coincidence that when the thugs tried to wrest control over Grenada, there were 30 Soviet advisors and hundreds of Cuban military and paramilitary forces on the island. — Ronald Reagan

There seems to be an assumption that if you’re offended by movie brutality, you are somehow playing into the hands of the people who want censorship. But this would deny those of us who don’t believe in censorship the use of the only counter-balance: the freedom of the press to say that there’s anything conceivably damaging in these films – the freedom to analyze their implications. … How can people go on talking about the dazzling brilliance of movies and not notice that the directors are sucking up to the thugs in the audience? — Pauline Kael

Business should never be allowed to justify mean, thug ugly deals for any reason. — Ralph Steadman

I think it’s kinda funny that all these rappers that used to be gangsters and thugs are telling us not to download their music from the internet, because that’s stealing. Wow talk about ironic. — Daniel Tosh

But uhh, a thug changes, and love changes and best friends become strangers, word up — Nas

I ain’t a thug – how much Tupac in you you got? — Dr. Dre

Picture it in your mind’s nostril: you get in a cab in time to catch twin thugs named Vomit and Cologne assaulting a defenseless pine-tree air freshener. — Sloane Crosley

But there was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and I thought, ‘Oh man, I’m a thug? I know some thugs and they know I’m the farthest thing from a thug. — Richard Sherman

But whats it all worth, cant take it when you under this earth Rich men died and tried, but none of it worked They just rob your grave, Id rather be alive and paid Before my numbers called, historys made Somell fall, but I rise, thug or die Makin choices, that determine my future under the sky To rob steal or kill, Im wondering why Its a dirty game, is any man worthy of fame? Much to success to ya, even if you wish me the opposite Sooner or later we’ll all see who the prophet is. — Nas