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100 Heart Warming Exclusive Erykah Badu Uplifting Quotes

Erykah Badu Quotes
Erykah Badu Quotes
Erykah Badu Quotes

It is both amazing and exciting to see the world through the eyes of Eryka Badu. Eryka is well known for her carefree lifestyle and the unique sound of her music. She lives life like an open book and strives to connect with her audience. She shares her pains, her joy, and her wisdom…. She takes us through the realities of life through her unique style, music and way of life

We’ve put together some of our favourite quotes below from Eryka Badu, sharing her views on Life, Music, emotions, motherhood, and creativity. 

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Erykah Badu on living authentically 

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Erykah Badu Quotes

1. “In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ‘I got to wake up say ‘I get to wake up!'”

2. Don’t let anybody infiltrate your dream.”

3. “I’m only in competition with my last level.”

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

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

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

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

8. “I know that I want to concentrate more on my inside-pretty than my outside-pretty because that’s 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.”

9. “If you make a decision, a pact with someone, your friend, you should say, ‘I’m gonna do this,’ and you should stick to it.”

10. “The Man That Knows Something Knows That He Knows Nothing At All.”

11. “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.”

12. “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.”

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

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14. “I try to be honest and I keep moving.”

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

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

Erykah Badu on doing what we love and enjoying life

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Erykah Badu Quotes

17. “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.”

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

19. “I’m in training to become a midwife. I’m almost there and before I know it I’ll be able to open my own practice if that’s what I desire.”

20. “A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want because it’s such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be.”

21. “People are uncomfortable with sexuality that’s not for male consumption.”

22. “They usually have a piano in every nursing home, and I always wanted to perform for whoever would listen when I learned something. I grew to understand very early that a lot of these people who are in nursing homes are elderly and don’t have a lot of things that give them joy from day to day.”

23. “I’m only in competition with my last level. It doesn’t have anything to do with music or anything. And the last level is hard competition, the last place you were.”

24. . “The wise healer endures the pain. Cry. Tears bring joy.”

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25. “I mean that’s a big part of our existence here on earth, the personal relationship we have with the person that we love, with the person that we make love to, with the person that we share our lives with. We expect a lot of things back from our loved ones, and the lesson is to accept and not expect.”

26. “My eyes are green, ’cause I eat a lot of vegetables, It doesn’t have anything to do with your new friend.”

27. “Oh, yeah, I see the world differently now. Actually, when I first had the baby, I was breastfeeding him for two years straight. So we were together for two years of his life, every single day, all hours of the day. So I was two people, and I eventually morphed back into one.”

28. . “I don’t think it matters what school you go to, but I think it’s important for parents to be involved. And to know that when school stops, learning continues, and to continue teaching at home.”

29. “I’m pretty mutable as a human being, period – if you put me on Pluto, I can figure it out.”

30. “I knew it would happen. I knew I’d be No. 1. I’m a new artist; I don’t know the rules. Nobody told me it wouldn’t happen.”

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

32. “I really enjoy being the child’s ‘welcoming committee and to help someone usher his or her spirit into the world in a very peaceful way is very effortless to me.”

Erykah Badu on living life with an open mind

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Erykah Badu Quotes

33. “People who say that music is dead or hip-hop is dead are refusing to evolve.”

34. “Hip-hop was created out of necessity. We needed to create some digitized things to help us understand what we were feeling.”

35. “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.”

“I’m a woman who has gone through many heartaches, enough to dedicate my whole life to trying to figure them out.”

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37. “I’ve had two children. I’ve had three boyfriends. I’ve had a lot of things happen that can change your opinions and values and philosophies.”

38. “I’m just being who I am and expressing myself as everyone else does.”

39. “I believed in myself, and I’ve always worked very, very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word.”

40. “I’m kind of a recluse when it comes to going outside.”

41. “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.”

42. “I love to leave the interpretation of my music up to the listener. It’s fun to see what they’ll say it is.”

Erykah Badu Quotes
Erykah Badu Quotes

43. “No one chooses to raise children alone.”

44. “During childbirth and hospice I’ll sing gospel songs that my grandma taught me when I was younger, or something I’ve made up, or I’ll hum. I just play things that I think the audience will like.”

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

46. “Poor is the new black.”

47. “The reason why you don’t see people looking like me is that I don’t encourage that. I encourage you to be you.”

Erykah Badu on Her Genre of Music 

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Erykah Badu Quotes

48. “Hopefully my music is medicine, some type of antidote for something or some kind of explanation or just to feel good.”

49. “I’m not trying to win an award for being the best vegetarian, I just want to be healthy. Take a salt bath. Do things that my parents were never able to do. I’m blessed to do anything I want, so I decide to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally.”

50. “My truth is relevant and my songs are relevant, but I have to recalibrate myself and speed up my vibrations so that I can communicate with the voice of this generation.”

51. “All of my children are the same way I am. They’re little artists too, in their own ways.”

52. “Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite revolutionaries. He spoke from his heart, his mind. That’s what I want to do.”

53. “Even if the project requires you to have all the ducks in a line, I can’t do that. I don’t create a way.”

54. “I have so much music that I do. Just like how a visual artist is always sketching something but might not share it, I’m always writing songs or coming up with melodic lines on piano or guitar. It’s therapy. It’s always happening.”

55. “I can be Erykah the human being more than the celebrity.”

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56. “I’m a performance artist first; I’m a recording artist second.”

57. “Erykah Badu projects don’t even sound like Erykah Badu projects. I don’t even have one album that sounds like another one of my albums.”

58. “Now there’s a lot of other people like myself, indeed, who are getting heard worldwide. That gives other artists a chance. 

59. “I love putting the music together. It’s like art.”

60. “When you’re performing, you’re creating a moment.”

Erykah Badu Quotes
Erykah Badu Quotes

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

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62. “I have a master plan as an artist. I’ve always said I’m going to be punching nobody’s clock. I will work as an artist to survive in this world.”

63. “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.”

64. “I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It’s not that I try to work hard or anything like that, it’s a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it.”

65. “All I want to do is give the world my heart… Record labels tryna make me compromise my art.”

66. “I’ll dabble here and there in different art forms, but the label has me locked down like a slave, so I’ll be doing albums during this time.”

67. “Music and the music business are two different things.”

68. “The kind of music or the kind of arrangements that I do, the kind of musicians I choose, is just what I like to hear.”

69. “Being honest is my job. That’s what music is for me.” “Hip-hop is not something we do, it’s something we live. It’s the way we dress, the way we talk… everybody bobbing to the same beat. It’s a culture, and you have to find your own place in that culture. Top 10 or Top 40 can’t dictate that. They can only dictate what’s marketable.” 

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71. “I have a master plan as an artist. I’ve always said I’m going to be punching nobody’s clock. I will work as an artist to survive in this world.” 

72. “I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It’s not that I try to work hard or anything like that, it’s a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it.”

.73. “I never saw it fit to be my job to fit into any category or label. I have to do things that feel good. My only job is to be honest because that’s what music is. That’s what I use it for; It’s a platform for me to express my feelings and be honest.

74. “I’m really a child of funk music, my uncles grew up listening to funk music most of the time and that’s what I grew up listening to most of the time.”

75. “I never underestimate the audience’s ability to connect with me.”

76. “Because the music comes first for me. I don’t write lyrics and then write music because, to me, that’s poetry. It’s music first, and then I write to the music. 

Erykah Badu on expressing real emotions 

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Erykah Badu Quotes

77. “I just love expressing my joy and my mind through what I wear, or how I cook, or how I dance, or how I write or perform a song – how I move.”

78. “What opens my heart is when my son wakes me up in the morning, nudging me and saying, ‘Mommy, mommy!'”

79. “I desire to evolve in every part of my life. I desire that, and then it comes naturally.”

80. “Some people come up and ask for an autograph and don’t even look at me. They’re like, ‘Here, does it.’ That doesn’t bother me, but it doesn’t open my heart.”

81. “I have advice for people 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. 

82. “From then on, I realized this is what I want to do, what I’m supposed to do: Giving energy and receiving it back through applause. I love it. That’s my world. I love it. I enjoy it. I live for it.”

83. “If people were to ask my children about who their mother was, I’d hope they could give them Mama’s Gun or New Amerykah and say, “This is who she is, who she was.”

84. “I get inspiration from everything. Fred Flinstone, the Carol Burnett Show, an argument, a broken heart. It all inspires me because my music is therapy and it’s a means for me to express how I feel immediately. I’m inspired by a lot of things.”

85. “I’m more like an oven than a microwave,”

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

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87. “I’m free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don’t try to hurt anybody. I just try to make sure that I don’t compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.” 

88. “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.” 

89. “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.”

90. “More than sounding alike, we feel alike and we share emotion and I have the ability to sing with emotion.”

91. “I think music is timeless. It shouldn’t have a shelf life, a disc- life, or a deadline. It’s about a lifeline to me. So whenever I want to bring something back to life, I put a visual to it and put it out for people to enjoy it, give it another face, another turn.” –

92. “I’ve been a chain monogamous person my whole career. Long relationships with one partner, generally the one partner, are like a marriage, and we have a child. 

93. “I am ever-evolving.”

Erykah Badu on Creativity 

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Erykah Badu Quotes

94. “Man, I don’t want to have nothing to do with computers. I don’t want the government in my business.”

95. “I don’t know if I’ll ever accomplish most of my dreams – I have so many.”

“Don’t let anybody infiltrate your dream.”

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97. “What draws me to a project is how sympathetic I am toward it, so that I can relax into it and give up on myself.”

98. “We were all born and came to the music business with everything we had. Some of us don’t get a chance. 

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

100. “Better think while it’s still legal.”


Eryka has shown us that we can be ourselves through authenticity, notwithstanding our societal status. She serves as an inspiration for us to truly live and embrace life. She is a phenomenal artist striving to connect deeply with her audience by being human, original and genuine!

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