150 Nicki Minaj Quotes on Being Who You Are

Dive into the world of glitz, glam, and music and learn more about what it takes to be a star through some of the best Nicki Minaj quotes.

Nicki Minaj is famous as a female rapper and songwriter. She began humbly, but she rose to the top with all the determination and will she had. She is now considered to be one of the best-selling female rappers of all time.

She was even listed in Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. This is also why we’re sure that you’ll learn many life lessons from this collection of quotes. Be inspired by her success and her journey by reading through the list below.

Let’s start here.

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Best Nicki Minaj Quotes

1. “You don’t have to feel the need to put somebody down to make yourself feel better.”

2. “Good advice I always hated but looking back it made me greater.”

3. “Life is a prize, but to live doesn’t mean you’re alive.” 

4. “True confidence leaves no room for jealousy. When you know you are great, you have no need to hate.”

5. “I will not let anyone scare me out of my full potential.”

6. “Take me or leave me I’ll never be perfect. Believe me, I’m worth it.”

7. “When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do.”

8. “I put God first and do not allow other things to cloud my vision.”

9. “You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer.”

10. “People will love and support you when it’s beneficial.”

11. “I don’t promote giving up. I promote fighting and winning.”

12. “You have to know that as long as you love who you are—your morals, your values, that type of stuff, you’re okay.”

13. “Call me cursed or just call me blessed. If you can’t handle my worst you ain’t getting my best.”

14. “You’re not gonna tell me who I am. I’m gonna tell you who I am.”

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15. “You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.”

16. “If I’m fake I ain’t notice, ‘cause my money ain’t.”

17. “Always tell someone how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye, but regrets can last for a lifetime.”

18. “I want to show little girls that the possibilities are endless. That’s my goal, to not only do it for myself but to show them I can do whatever I put my mind to.”

19. “I get what I desire, it’s my empire.”

20. “Don’t stay watching happiness, make it.”

21. “So, my happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.”

22. “Mind over matter, I don’t mind and you don’t matter.”

23. “Don’t chase the boys. Don’t depend on anybody. Do your thing.”

25. “Defend my honor. Protect my pride.”

25. “I ain’t never need a man to take care of me.”

26. “There’s nothing more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through tears.”

27. “If I wasn’t winning you wouldn’t care.”

28. “Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business.”

29. “I truly believe my haters are my motivators.”

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30. “You gotta be a beast, that’s the only way they’ll respect you.”

31. “Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel.”

32. “Sometimes you don’t realize how far you’ve gotten until you look around at the people who are still trailing behind you.”

33. “Stay in school. Don’t ever be lazy, don’t you ever complain about hard work. Work hard, it pays off.”

34. “If you don’t take control of your career, guess what? You’ll be stuck in the sunset watching the sunrise.”

35. “You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.” 

36. “Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty.”

37. “I live and I learn but I wait my turn. I’m always on the run, got weight to burn.” 

38. “Keep trying, as if it’s your first day on the job. That’s how I think of it. When it comes to creating, I always feel like, wait a minute, I can’t take any shortcuts.”

39. “Sometimes you gotta be beauty and a beast.”

40. “Your victory is right around the corner. Never give up.”

41. “I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive. I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise, to fly.”

42. “Refuse to lose, refuse to be defeated, refuse to have regrets.”

43. “We all have insecurities, but you have to know you’re beautiful.”

44. “When I get up in the morning and put on a pink or a green wig, I see myself as a piece of animation. It lets me be the person I want to be, a person who’s not embarrassed to have fun.”

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Nicki Minaj Quotes on Women Empowerment

45. “I just want women to always feel in control. Because we’re capable, we’re so capable.”

46. “My advice to women in general—even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge.”

47. “I always feel it’s important for me to show females that they can be in charge of their own situation.”

48. “I am not a word, I am not a line, I am not a girl that can ever be defined.”

49. “When you’re a girl you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super-sweet. And you have to be sexy, and you have to be this and you have to be that, and you have to be nice. It’s like, I can’t be all those things at once. I’m a human being.”

50. “Women should be allowed to be as hardcore and sexual as we want because men do it all the time.”

51. “I’ve always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind—because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be. I thought, ‘If I’m successful, I can change her life.’”

52. “I think women are much stronger than men in society. We take more risks than they do in general.”

53. “When a good girl’s gone, she’s gone forever.”

54. “I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses and to be strong and to be go-getters.”

55. “You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I’ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle.”

56. “Please, you can never compare to me, all these b*tch*s are scared of me. I am who they couldn’t even dare to be.”

57. “I’m a multidimensional woman, like all women are. The difference is I have the balls to take chances.”

58. “I vowed that I’d never allow any man to control me or to be an alcoholic or anything like that around me because I don’t want my children seeing that.”

59. “I stand for girls wanting to be sexy and dance but also having a strong sense of themselves. If you got a big ol’ butt? Shake it! Who cares? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be graduating from college.”

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60. “I want to build my empire. In my field, I have always seen men do it. From Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay Z. Now it’s a woman’s turn.”

61. “I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore. I see myself as a rapper.”

62. “I feel like my entire career and life, I’ve been judged by people who did not really know me. I definitely think that they probably were right to assume what they had assumed about me because there was such little to go on out there.”

63. “My whole life is about being Nicki Minaj now. It’s a never-ending saga.”

64. “Female rappers get it the hardest. You have to be a girl, yet you have to be just as hard as the guys. I think some female rappers get scared out of the business before they can make it.”

65. “I don’t want to let anybody down, I’ve always been the type of person to make everybody happy and get things done. I want everything to be 100% perfect. I do feel it when people hold me to high expectations.”

66. “My rule is, whatever you were calling me four years ago is what you should be calling me now because I don’t like it when my family or close friends call me Nicki Minaj. To me, I’m not Nicki Minaj when I’m with them.”

67. “Everything I’ve been through could’ve killed me. That’s why it really ain’t nothing you could tell me.”

68. “Only one chance, one bullet in the gun. This is my life and I only got one, yeah. The safety’s off and I put on her. Oh stick ‘em up, stick ‘em up. Ready to shoot.”

69. “I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter.”

70. “In the history of the hip hop world. There has been one, single, solitary human being in the history of the world. One female rapper to sell more albums than me in the first week.”

71. “I don’t mind being called a weirdo. There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.”

72. “I’m very proud of my team, and the way they stood behind me and I’m very happy to show my female fans in that audience and even my gay fans in that audience.”

73. “I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough.”

74. “I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination in terms of providing for my family is absolutely my goal.”

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75. “Greatness is what we are on the brink of.”

76. “I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” 

77. “Now it’s me and my time, it’s just me in my prime.”

78. “I’mma just do me, when it feels right.”

79. “People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn’t kill myself and now, thank God, I’m here.”

80. “All these haters are mad because I’m so established.”

81. “If you don’t have critics, you probably don’t have success either.”

82. “You could never understand why I grind like I do.”

83. “No one will ever accept anything. I think the goal is to not want anyone’s acceptance.”

84. “It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ’cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area.”

85. “I feel like people always wanna define me and I don’t wanna be defined.”

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86. “Like, I mean I don’t even know why you girls bother at this point. Like, give it up. It’s me. I win and you lose.”

87. “I don’t need to Google myself.”

88. “Shoutout to my haters, sorry that you couldn’t phase me.”

89. “He was Adam. I think I was Eve. But my vision ends with the apple on the tree.”

90. “I can’t see myself without pink lipstick. I can go without it for a couple days, but if there was no more pink lipstick in the world, I’d be useless. Seriously.”

91. “Respect your haters, they’re the only ones who think you’re better than them.”

92. “Runnin’ this game for five years, guess that’s why my feet hurt.” 

93. “Maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say?”

94. “He toss my salad like his name Romaine.”

95. “But had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking pickle juice right now.”

96. “I do have a few personalities. When people started making a big deal out of it, I started making names for these people.”

97. “You couldn’t get a fan if it was hanging from the ceiling.”

98. “I hope you lay down in your sleep and you choke on every lie you told.”

99. “Haters, I’m not your enemy I’m your hero. Cheer up, you should be happy I’m here.”

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100. “Fame is the worst pain known to man. It’s stronger than heroin.”

101. “The people that are inclined to hate, are also inclined to be losers.”

102. “My tears have dried and I know that no weapon formed against me will prosper.”

103. “There’s always gonna be evil people in the world who just do negative shit.”

104. “I don’t agree that everyone should agree with everyone’s lifestyle. I think that some people aren’t going to agree, but I think that when you’re mean and when you ridicule people it’s a sign of your own insecurities.”

105. “Some people have to put in the work. Others get to cut corners. We see it but don’t say it. Welcome to the real world.”

106. “Bad as I wanna be. She ain’t bad, she a sad little wannabe.”

107. “No, I’m not lucky, I’m blessed.”

108. “I’m throwing shade like it’s sunny.”

109. “I’m in my own lane, you ain’t in my category.”

110. “You like me, you don’t like me, you love me, you hate me. I am gonna be me, but one thing I have to back it up is skills.”

111. “Dear God, I am only what you made me and I appreciate everything that you gave me, but like, I don’t want to do it anymore, sort of lost sight of what I’m doing it for.”

112. “I think a child may be the only thing that could give me true happiness.”

113. “Still, I rise. Still, I fight. Still, I might crack a smile. Keep my eyes on the prize. See my haters tell em, ‘Hi.’”

114. “I happen to be a pessimist, and maybe that’s a good thing because I don’t stop to smell the roses, which is not a good personal thing. I don’t stop and enjoy those moments. Always on to the next and never in the moment.”

Nicki Minaj Quotes on Love and Relationships

115. “I, I’m not living life. I’m not living right. I’m not living if you’re not by my side.”

116. “He was the realest. I was the realest, we were the realest. When he approached me, I asked him ‘What the deal is?’”

117. “You gave me strength gave me hope for a lifetime.” 

118. “Strange how someone you once loved can become just another person you once knew.”

119. “They don’t see the tears I cry, the fears I hide. Tend to keep my cares inside, it’s merely pride.”

Nicki Minaj Quotes About Self-Awareness and Character

120. “‘Cause tonight I’m making deals with the Devil and I know it’s gonna get me in trouble.”

121. “I don’t really want no friends.”

122. “My goal, in the beginning, was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire.”

123. “I’m very protective of my heart.”

124. “I’m a role model now. I didn’t know I was gonna have 13-year-old fans, so I’ve tried to change a few things here and there. But I also know that the girls don’t want me to be Miley Cyrus, either.”

125. “I have given my all to catch me, catch me I think I am gonna fall.”

126. “I don’t want a wig that looks like a wig. I want one that could pass for a weave.”

127. “I hate cameras. I hate cameras and I hate camera phones. The camera’s my worst enemy and my best friend. It’s the way I convey my emotions to the world without saying a word, so I use it. People always say, ‘You come alive as soon as the camera’s on!’”

128. “I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy.”

129. “I look at rap as an opportunity to act. My head is full of different characters. In each song, I’m auditioning a character.”

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130. “I feel like when I reach my 500-million-dollar goal, then no other woman in rap will ever feel like they can’t do what these men have done.”

131. “I don’t want children cursing. I’m very strict with my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music.”

132. “Got the eye of the tiger, the lion of Judah.”

133. “May the Lord protect me as the world gets hectic. My voice projected, my life reflected.”

134. “Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I am like, ‘This is a high-top day,’ or ‘This is a bob day,’ but when I get my clothes on that’s when I see.”

135. “People always want to talk about who I was, but I’ve always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music.”

136. “You succeeded at your attempts to make me need you desperately to vindicate me.”

137. “Being honest, if I had a daughter I wouldn’t want her listening to a Nicki Minaj CD until she was a certain age. Even when I meet my fans and they tell me they are 12, I cringe a little. I always say, ‘Listen. I don’t want you saying the bad words, put school first.’”

138. “If people are sitting in the barbershop talking about my butt, it’s conversational. That’s what people are gonna do.”

139. “Everyone knows I’m a lash girl by now. When I don’t have my lashes, I feel naked.”

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140. “You should let the other day, you let me beg for you to stay.”

141. “Lavender is the new pink. I’ll never stop wearing pink but I wanted to venture out.”

142. “I cannot hold a grudge against Mariah Carey. What people don’t understand is that I’ve looked up to her for so many years.”

143. “Tell me that you comin’ back and you just took a break. Maybe I blamed you for everything, that was my mistake. In hindsight, I loved your rawness and I loved your edge. ‘Cause, it was you who talked me down from jumping off the ledge.”

144. “I’ve always been intrigued by color and by interesting hair. I was one of those weird little girls doing my own hair at the age of 9. I was, like, getting weird gels and new brushes and cornrow holders. I would tweak and perm at the age of 13.”

145. “I’m just happy that ‘Idol’ producers gave me a shot on the show and to be able to show who I really was because I feel like I’m every single woman.”

146. “She’s my queen and I ain’t even British, she’s the only reason that I went to school and I finished.”

147. “I hate formal stuff. I love looking like a doll and all that stuff and playing dress-up, but when I’m home, sweat pants, t-shirt. When I’m in the studio, sweat pants, t-shirt.”

148. “I think one of the things I was shocked about was how interested the world is in ‘American Idol’ and how people, writers, they write about ‘Idol’ all the time, and I guess I didn’t expect that.”

149. “Do not be fooled by the young age, because the condition does not have to be old to die. Do not be fooled by a healthy body, because of the requirement to death should not be sick.” 

150. “I say nice things about Mariah all the time. I tell Mariah all the time how much of a fan I am of her. She’s one of my favorite artists of all time. She’s shaped a generation of singers.”

What Life Advice Did You Get From These Nicki Minaj Quotes?

Nicki Minaj faced numerous challenges on her journey to the top. She made history as the first female artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. But, even with significant achievements in the music industry, her light and what she stood for never faded.

She is proof that as a woman, you have the right to speak up for yourself. She encourages and empowers women to accept and love themselves through her songs, lyrics, and even in her interviews.

We hope the quotes in this collection were able to inspire you to find your light and let it shine no matter what difficulties you may face. Let Nicki Minaj be a reminder that you’ll be able to reach your dreams and biggest aspirations through sheer determination and hard work.

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