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20 Quotes from Rapper J Cole That Will Inspire Your Greatness

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By Karabo Baloyi
May 13, 2022
04:35 P.M.

Whether rapping or speaking during interviews, J Cole oozes authenticity and success. So we gathered 20 quotes from the award-winning lyricist to help inspire your greatness.

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J Cole broke into mainstream hip-hop in 2007 with his mixtape, "The Come Up." He has since garnered multiple awards, including a Grammy for best rap song and a BET Award for best lyricist of the year.

But his music is not the only reason he's won over millions of fans. From his first album and media interview, J Cole has embodied authenticity and excellence.

He also founded the "Dreamville Foundation." So if you're feeling inspired to tap into your potential and reach your goals, here are 20 quotes from J Cole that will push you in the direction of your dreams. 

J Cole's quote: “You have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow. Lose in order to gain. Because most of life’s lessons are learned in pain.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Never give up until you’ve given out all your very best. It’s better to fail trying than wondering what could have happened if you tried.”

"Anything's possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles.”

“I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.”

“I keep my head high, I got my wings to carry me. I don’t know freedom, I want my dreams to rescue me.”

“You have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow. Lose in order to gain. Because most of life’s lessons are learned in pain.”

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J Cole's quote: “There’s a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. So, think about that before you judge someone.” | Image: AmoDays

“Sometimes our dreams come true, sometimes our fears do too.”

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“You are perfect exactly as you are. With all your flaws and problems, there’s no need to change anything. All you need to change is the thought that you aren’t good enough.”

“There’s a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. So, think about that before you judge someone.” 

“I’m searching and praying and hoping for something. I know I’m gon’ see it, I know that it’s coming.”

“I put my hand to the sky, [and] I sing. Grateful for the blessings you bring. Thank you for the ones I love. Forgive me for the times I was down and confused. I know what I reap is what I will sow."

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J Cole's quote: “Never give up until you’ve given out all your very best. It’s better to fail trying than wondering what could have happened if you tried.” | Image: AmoDays

“As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends & more important to have real ones.”

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"My life accelerated but had to wait my turn. But then I redecorated, that means my tables turn.”

"I had a lot of resistance, and not just to fame. I was always conscious of not changing.”

“In a game full of liars it turns out that I’m the truth. Some say that rap’s alive. It turns out that I’m the proof.”

“I always feel like it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams, making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.” 

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J Cole's quote: “As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends & more important to have real ones.” | Image: AmoDays

“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think something’s not good enough, and I won’t stop until I feel like I’ve made it. I’m never satisfied.”

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“In this life ain’t no happy endings. Only pure beginnings followed by years of sinning and fake repentance.”

“I’m here to spread a message of hope. Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do."

“To appreciate the sun, you gotta know what rain is.”

“Keep grindin’ boy, your life can change in one year. And even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere.”

J Cole's quote: “I always feel like it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams, making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.” | Image: AmoDays

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J Cole is one of the most vocal rappers on everything from racial injustice to education. He has remained true to his identity as a bi-racial man too. He has also expressed the complexity of his life through his music. 

His longevity in the rap industry is partially attributed to his authenticity, but his lyrics are also timeless. The rapper has certainly cemented himself as one of the greatest.

If J Cole's quotes were an inspiration to you, you'll enjoy this compilation of Oprah Winfrey's words of wisdom. 

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