Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by the stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, and Pac, was an American rapper and actor. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996 at just 25 years old, but remains one of the most influential rappers of all time. In April 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. YourDictionary's collection of Tupac quotes shares his thoughts on topics such as the power of perseverance, confronting social injustice, and finding your faith.
Tupac was born East Harlem in New York City but moved around for much of his life. His parents and many members of his extended family were involved with the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. Being surrounded by this activism inspired him to find a way to speak out about the troubles faced by young black men in the United States. His music was often seen as controversial, but he persisted despite the public criticism. "Nothing's impossible, if there's a will there's a way," he said.
Despite brushes with the law and embracing thug life, a common theme in Tupac's work is the idea that troubles are only temporary. His music dealt with violence, racism, and social problems seen in the inner cities, but often added an optimistic outlook. He believed that no matter how difficult life may seem at the moment, better days are just around the corner. This message is best expressed in his hit "Me Against the World": "Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it."
Spirituality often played a role in Tupac’s music as well as his personal life. Tupac told members of the media that he believed in karma and that a higher power had a purpose for each of us. "Never forget, that God hasn't finished with me yet," he said.
I'd rather die like a man, than live like a coward.
Only God Can Judge Me (1996)
Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place.Tupac Shakur
Never forget, that God hasn't finished with me yet.Tupac Shakur
Look to my future cause my past, is all behind me.Tupac Shakur
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman, I wonder why we take from our women... Time to heal our women, be real to our women.Tupac Shakur
Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that, So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, Keep your head up, and handle it.Tupac Shakur
Me against the world, baby.Tupac Shakur
With all my fans I got a family again.Tupac Shakur
Real homies help ya get through.Tupac Shakur
Yet still I rise, Never to give up, Never to give in against all odds.Tupac Shakur
Nothin's impossible, if there's a will there's a way.Tupac Shakur
That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. And I don't see why everybody feel as though, That they gotta tell me how to live my life.Tupac Shakur
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.Tupac Shakur
America wants its respect.Tupac Shakur
I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.Tupac Shakur