73 Inspirational J. Cole Quotes and Lyrics on Love and Life

J Cole is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from the United States.

Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he first received acclaim with his 2007 debut mixtape, “The Come Up”.

After signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation in 2009, he released successful albums, including his platinum-certified debut, “Cole World: The Sideline Story” (2011).

His later albums also garnered positive reviews and platinum certifications, with “2014 Forest Hills Drive” earning a Grammy nomination.

J. Cole

Besides rapping, Cole produces music, supports other artists, runs Dreamville Records and operates the non-profit Dreamville Foundation, aiding single mothers in his childhood hometown.

Let’s have a look at some of the best quotes by J. Cole.

Best J. Cole Quotes

You can’t reverse fame. You can lose all the money, but you’ll never lose people knowing you. ~ J. Cole.

This is my canvas, imma paint it how I want to baby. ~ J. Cole.

Time will tell who is on my side. ~ J. Cole.

You can dream but don’t neglect the execution. ~ J. Cole.

Life is a movie, pick your own role, Climb your own ladder or you dig your own hole. ~ J. Cole.

My fans love me for me, my beats, my rhymes. ~ J. Cole.

To appreciate the sun, you gotta know what rain is. ~ J. Cole.

Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do. ~ J. Cole.


Anything I do, I want to do it well. ~ J. Cole.

Every loser gotta win and every winner gotta lose someday. ~ J. Cole.

I pay attention to lyrics and I know what rap fans care about. I try to write for the average listener and I’m conscious of the mainstream without selling out. ~ J. Cole.

People congratulate me. I just tell them God is good. ~ J. Cole.

The same ones you love will bring you pain. ~ J. Cole.

I struggled with being a broke college graduate, and while all my friends were getting career jobs, I was working horrible part-time jobs. That’s why now, even when I get tired, I think, ‘This is what I asked for. ~ J. Cole.

Famous J. Cole Quotes

Sometimes our dreams come true, sometimes our fears do too. ~ J. Cole.

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. ~ J. Cole.

I met Will Smith twice. I didn’t talk to him for too long but I was trying to let him know that my age group grew up watching him – he was the coolest guy on television and the coolest guy in movies. ~ J. Cole.

Life can bring much pain. There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely. ~ J. Cole.

I’m not gonna be bad at anything, and I want to actually be the best at anything I’m doing. So if I’m playing basketball, if I’m taking the SATs, like, there’s a competitive spirit behind it. With production, it’s the same thing. ~ J. Cole.

My intuition is telling me there’ll be better days. ~ J. Cole.

As much as it might look like, to someone else, that I’m successful, I never feel like I’m anywhere. The further I go, I still feel equally further from my eventual goal. Because as I grow, I get more goals. I’m never content. ~ J. Cole.

I do put a lot of God in my music, but not because I’m super religious. There are a lot of demons in my music, too. I acknowledge both. ~ J. Cole.

Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out. ~ J. Cole.


We got dreams and we got the right to chase ’em. ~ J. Cole.

Tupac was just so passionate about what he believes in and not afraid to say anything. ~ J. Cole.

My life accelerated, but had to wait my turn. But then I redecorated, that means my tables turn. ~ J. Cole.

Top J. Cole Quotes

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. ~ J. Cole.

The music becomes more pure and soulful when it’s true, and it has to be true these days with the way the internet works, and the way the game works, everyone wants authentic raps. ~ J. Cole.

No such thing as a life that’s better than yours, no such thing – no such thing… ~ J. Cole.

If I was to go to sleep before midnight, I would feel weird about myself, like I wasted a day. My most productive hours are between midnight and five. ~ J. Cole.

I’d rather be happy being myself than sad trying to please everyone else. ~ J. Cole.

No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on. ~ J. Cole.

I had a lot of resistance, and not just to fame. I was always conscious of not changing. ~ J. Cole.

I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds. ~ J. Cole.

My parents were divorced by the time I was even conscious – like, I don’t remember them ever being together. ~ J. Cole.

Popular J. Cole Quotes

My life is too crazy, no actor could play me. ~ J. Cole.

Am I about dollars or about change? Am I about knowledge or brains? Freedom or big chains? They don’t feel my pain. ~ J. Cole.

Anything’s possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles. ~ J. Cole.

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. ~ J. Cole.

I’m not a conscious rapper, all those things we talk about, the struggle, the pain, the outlook to the future, keep your head up. I try to put all those positive things into a regular human character, which is myself. ~ J. Cole.

Producing all my own songs and refusing to go to the hot producer. That’s the biggest risk I’ve taken so far. ~ J. Cole.

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

When I was in college my girl got me a job at the doctor’s office she was working at. I was a file clerk. No disrespect but I don’t think a man can do that job. It takes so much meticulous and precise file-keeping. ~ J. Cole.

The thing about being an artist today is you get to develop right in front of people’s eyes before you even put out an album. ~ J. Cole.

I actually started off majoring in computer science, but I knew right away I wasn’t going to stay with it. It was because I had this one professor who was the loneliest, saddest man I’ve ever known. He was a programmer, and I knew that I didn’t want to do whatever he did. ~ J. Cole.

No rapper in the world from Jay-Z to Tupac to Biggie has 100 percent love on everything they do. ~ J. Cole.

It’s no coincidence that all the greatest rappers – whoever you put in your top five – I guarantee you they are great storytellers. ~ J. Cole.

Life is all about the evolution. ~ J. Cole.

The thing about being an artist today is you get to develop right in front of people’s eyes before you even put out an album. ~ J. Cole.


If you ain’t aim too high, then you aim too low! ~ J. Cole.

I’m half-black, half-white, so I basically put it like this: I can fit in anywhere. That’s why I write so many stories from so many different perspectives, because I’ve seen so many. ~ J. Cole.

When you’re a rapper, just a rapper, you have to kind of settle for whatever comes your way – if a beat is hot, you wanna rap on it, period. ~ J. Cole.

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. ~ J. Cole.

College isn’t in everyone’s hearts. I am living proof, though, that school doesn’t mess up your plans. It gives you more experiences to write about. ~ J. Cole.

I worked in ad sales. I would call up local businesses and try to get them to buy ads in the paper. The whole time, I felt like I was just scamming people. ~ J. Cole.

Inspirational J. Cole Quotes

They say time is money but really, it’s not. If we ever go broke, time is all we got. ~ J. Cole.

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

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

Hard to move on when you always regret one. ~ J. Cole.

It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success. ~ J. Cole.

I feel like this: Whatever is in your path and in your heart, you need to do. ~ J. Cole.

I have a little bit of that gamer spirit in me. I just don’t have the time to be a gamer. But in another life, I would be one. ~ J. Cole.

Every time you go to sleep you look like you in Heaven. ~ J.Cole.

If they don’t know your dreams, they can’t shoot them down. ~ J. Cole.

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. ~ J. Cole.

Nothing lasts forever, but at least we’ve got these memories. ~ J. Cole.

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. ~ J. Cole.

Amazing J. Cole Quotes

I flip my misfortune and grow me a fortune. ~ J. Cole.

I still wanna rap better than everybody else, and I wanna say important things. ~ J. Cole.

I don’t like to think of it as being fired. Instead, I prefer to think of it as being on indefinite leave with a sabbatical flair. ~ J. Cole.

I’m a super-duper over-analyzer. You mix that with self-doubt and pressure, and that’s never healthy. ~ J. Cole.

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

One day, I’ll be listening to a bunch of Ray Charles, the next day it’s nothing but Red Hot Chili Peppers. The next day it might be Tupac all day. ~ J. Cole.

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