Erykah Badu Quotes: Wisdom and Inspiration from the Queen of Neo-Soul

erykah badu quotes

Keep in mind that I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit.

Everything around you is a reflection of what is inside of you.

Healing is a process, and it’s different for everyone.

When you work for something you love, it’s passion. When you work for something you don’t, it’s stress.

I have a social responsibility and a spiritual responsibility to help heal the world.

Your energy introduces you before you even speak.

The music business is motivated by money. Music is motivated by energy and feelings.

I’m not interested in being perfect. That drive all comes from fear. Perfection is about the ego.

Once I realized I was a slave to others’ opinions, I slowly but surely began to dismantle that part of myself.

Everything is in your hands, it’s your responsibility to water your flowers.

What good do your words do if they can’t understand you.

When you?re in a relationship, you?re always surrounded by a ring of circumstances. Join hands to find a way out.

I think love changes and lessens over the years.

The outcome isn’t as important as the journey.

I believe in reincarnation, I believe we?re all just energy and this happened to be the ‘vessel’ for this round.

I’m a recovering undercover over-lover.

The music business is motivated by money. Music is motivated by energy and feelings.

Everything around us is a guide and teacher. Pay attention.

One of the things that I’m really proud of is that I’m a great problem solver.

I use my music as a vehicle to heal myself.

I’m about moderation. I don’t kick things out of my life.

When I’m writing, I’m constantly thinking about myself, because it’s the only experience I have to draw from. And I don’t see an exact reflection of myself in every face in the audience, but I know that my songs have validity to them, and that’s why the fans are there.

The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.

I have advice for people on how to love, but none on how to stop.

I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

Keep in mind that I’m an artist. And I’m sensitive about my shit.

I don’t have low expectations. I just have patience.

I’m not trying to win an award for being the best vegetarian, just want to be healthy.

But how you gone win when you ain’t right within?

When you know your worth, no one can make you feel worthless.

Art is supposed to provoke. If it doesn’t demand something of your attention, you shouldn’t even call it art.

Music and the music business are two different things.

I’m not into what I do for other people’s approval. It’s self-expressive.

When I make music, I don’t have a formula. I don’t think ‘Let’s do a hit record now.’

I have an infinite number of things to say. I just hope my ashes go somewhere with a jet stream when I die.

Be careful what you ask the universe for, because it will surely give it to you.

I guess I just process death differently than some folks. Realizing we all gonna die, I find myself appreciating life and those who are living even more.

Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great.

Emotions are the slaves to the mind and the mind is the slave to whatever individual decides to believe.

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.

I live my life based on two principles. One, I live as if today was my last day on earth. Two, I live today as if I am going to live forever.

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.

Stand up for your rights. Stand up for love. Stand up for justice, freedom, and everything else you believe in.

I’m passionate about everything, like my family and friends. Anybody I am talkin’ to is gonna be bona fide real. There is no substitution for happiness.

I have a responsibility to not lead people down the wrong path, but I also have a responsibility to tell people what I feel and what I believe in. I think music is a form of those messages.

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