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Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu Motivational Quotations:

  • Peace and Blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned.”

  •  “Be you. Make sure you're saying something when you're saying something. It's important to sound like you, to feel like you, to be like you. Be you.”

  •  “The light always shows on the outside if you are striving to be good on the inside.”

  •  “I'm only in competition with my last level.”

  •  “I'm a recovering undercover over-lover.”

  •  “Following your heart also means eliminating the things that no longer evolve you.”

  •  “I create my own calm and I keep my balance, because I know that it's not really me, by myself... The Creator always gives me the energy.”

  •  “I think people who vibrate at the same frequency, vibrate toward each other. They call it - in science - sympathetic vibrations.”

  •  “If you invite negativity in, you have to feed it and hang out with it. Best not to invite it in.”

  •  “I know that I want to concentrate more on my inside-pretty than my outside-pretty, because thats gonna go away. But if your inside is beautiful, it never wears away. The light always shows on the outside if you are striving to be good inside.”

  •  “My hair is an aesthetic choice… At the same time, how you wear your hair is a political statement as well.”

  •  “I strongly believe that the more positive my vibration is, the clearer my message will be. I keep my negative thoughts from infiltrating my pathway and my dreams. Other people's thoughts are none of my business.”

  •  “Don't let anybody infiltrate your dream”

  •  “That's the moment I learned that the more you believe in yourself, the stronger the vibration touches someone else, and things begin to happen the way you dreamed that they would.”

  •  “Time to eliminate things that no longer evolve me.”

  •  “Better think while it's still legal.”

  •  “So the most natural thing to me is to stay as pure to or real to or close to who I am as possible.”

  •  “I was born to make mistakes, I ain't scared to take the weight.”

  •  “It just works better for me to discriminate between which thoughts are mine and which come from elsewhere, before I even talk about them or express them - it helps to keep me focused on my path.”

  •  “I view my hair and clothes as functional art.”

  •  “I'm a complete human being. I'm very emotional and loving. I feel, I hurt, I give, I take, and also I think. I analyze. I'm a sociologist, anthropologist.”

    Erykah Badu


  • “I think a lot of people have lost respect for the individual, you know, the individual, the person who doesn't conform.”

  •  “You don't have to believe everything you think.”

  •  “I don't require sex for happiness - I need companionship. I need a partner I can depend on, that I can love and grow with.”

  •  “I have advice for people - period - who are in unhealthy relationships: Follow your heart. It will get you to where you need to be. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's easy, the places that your heart takes you. But continue to follow it. Where the train leads you - you'll get there.”

  •  “Society has a problem with female nudity when it is not . . . ”—Badu pauses to get her words together; she wants this point to be very clear—“. . . when it is not packaged for the consumption of male entertainment. Then it becomes confusing.”

  •   “And I figured out that the reason I couldn't get through the day as well as I can now is because I had too many things on my mind, on my plate, you know, for one person to have. So I started to eliminate some of the things that were too heavy to carry and unnecessary.”

  •  “I'm free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don't try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don't compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.”

  •  “I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women.”

  •  “Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.”

  •  “What I like about houses like Givenchy. It's easy to pull from. With Givenchy you can accessorize to build anything, any look.”

  •  “The Man That Knowz Something Knowz That He Knowz Nothing At All.”

  •  “A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me.”

  •  “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.”

  •  “What does music mean to me? I don't think I would really be much without it, without it coming through me. It's my means of communication, my means of growth, my means of transportation from one point in my life to another.”

  •  “I encourage breaking free of self inflicted holding pens. I encourage the use of intelligence in every decision. I encourage creating.”

  •  “We lock ourselves into our own philosophies, our own religions, our own walks of life, and if we fail, we condemn ourselves and then we get sick.”

  •  “Well, if you look at all of the cultures in America, this is a great opportunity for us to really get acquainted with the rest of the world. America is the only place you can do that, but we don't have sense enough to take advantage of that.” 

  • “In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ‘I got to wake up’ say ‘I get to wake up!’”

  •  “My work as a doula also extends all the way to the end of life. I sit at the bedsides of people who are passing on in hospices or nursing homes, for the people and families who want that kind of thing.”

  • Honey isn't really that good for you.”

  • “Most intellects do not believe in god but they fear us just the same”

  • “If we were made in his image then call us by our names. “

  • “I'm not satisfied with the explanations I get from tv or from school.”

  •  “I'm more like an oven than a microwave.”

  •  “I'm pretty mutable as a human being, period - if you put me on Pluto, I can figure it out.”

  •  “I'd rather see a person with a natural mind and processed mind than a processed mind and a natural head.”

  •  “I planned my success. I knew it was going to happen.”

  •  “My fifth mother is Mother Nature - the things I had to learn on my own, the understanding I had to come to and still have to come to as a young woman, as a responsible mother, a responsible granddaughter and child. She teaches me willpower, honesty, and the things we need to heal ourselves from moment to moment.”

  •  “I think [ fashion philosophy] it's about your smile and your smell.”

  •  “I don't know why, it's just what I feel inside, the thoughts that I sing about. It's just my truth. Sometimes my emotions can be mistaken for messages.”

  •  “My paternal grandmother gave me the courage to investigate things and not take things at face value or judge people by what I first imagine them to be.”

  •  “I just keep going. When the water's too still, I start splashing around and things jump out of the water.”

  • “Now my record deal helps me to do things for free or give more time to my community than I could otherwise.”

  •  “My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables, It don't have nothing to do with your new friend

  •  “Im a hip-hopper, and its something you live and do. It makes me angry that were misrepresented, that were being killed every day by one another, by the government, by the food we eat, the choices we make. It makes me angry because it doesnt have to be that way and it is.”

  •  “Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy.”

    Erykah Badu

  •  “I really can't say what inspires me the most, because I'm inspired by just about everything. My feelings and relationships, my family, Scooby-Doo. Opinion of my work. Everything. Not just one thing.”

  •  “I come from a long line of matriarchal women, and my greatest teachers were my mothers.”

  •  “I am not systematic at all when it comes to religion. I just love life. And I'm not judgmental. And I'm a vegetarian.”

  •  “[The Land] is a film that just happens to be directed and written by a Puerto Rican guy with a black dad. It seemed like a very natural, human interaction between people who all just came from one common cesspool of bad luck.”

  •  “As Erykah Badu, it has nothing to do with me, the way I look, my hair wrap, my style, it's about you and what you feel for my music. If I can make you feel like the way that people who influenced me made me feel, that's completion.”

  •  “When it comes to fashion or any high art, you have to have a combination of delicacy, along with taste.”

  •  “I love watching Rihanna in fashion. I like to see her take chances and risks. I like seeing Naomi Campbell in the forefront. They're both women who stand out and use their bodies as canvases to introduce this functional art to the world. They carry it in a way that is very inspiring.”

  •  “Being honest is my job. That's what music is for me.”

  •  “What singing means to me, I never did consider myself a singer, I just let people watch me feel music and how it comes through me. I've worked on it and practiced a lot. I mean, music, I dance to it, and singing is just one way of getting it out of me.”



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