52 Best Janelle Monae Quotes from the American Singer and Rapper

Janelle Monáe is a singer, rapper, and actress from the United States.

Janelle Monáe has received eight Grammy Award nominations.

Best Janelle Monae Quotes


I’m not a politician; I’m an artist. ~ Janelle Monae.


I’m attracted to things that scare me, like ‘Psycho,’ my favorite Hitchcock movie. ~ Janelle Monae.


When you realize it’s your responsibility to be a leader and create the world that you want to see, you have to do it. ~ Janelle Monae.


I have mentors like Erykah Badu. She’s been like a big sister to me. ~ Janelle Monae.


I don’t do a lot of collaborations that I don’t believe in. Actually, I don’t do any collaborations that I don’t believe in. ~ Janelle Monae.

You cannot police me, so get off my areola. ~ Janelle Monae.


I love Fun. They’re great guys. They’re incredible artists and musicians. ~ Janelle Monae.

I always think about the next generation and creating a different blueprint for them. That’s my goal: to let them know there’s another way. ~ Janelle Monae.

I’ll refer to my music in color, like ‘This song needs to be bright red.’ ~ Janelle Monae.


Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. ~ Janelle Monae.

I take goldenseal, Echinacea and cod liver oil when flying to boost my immune system. ~ Janelle Monae.


I was constantly involved in music and theatre all through middle school and high school. ~ Janelle Monae.

Things might not go as planned, but at the end of the day it’s up to me to take the risks and do what I love most. And I don’t owe anybody an explanation. My journey is my journey. ~ Janelle Monae.

Perfection is often the enemy of greatness. ~ Janelle Monae.

Famous Janelle Monae Quotes

Everything is about balance. You can’t work, work, work, work without any play. ~ Janelle Monae.

I know what I like; if you go to my closet, I have at least four of everything. ~ Janelle Monae.


It’s a big universe. To stay in one tiny place is doing a disservice to yourself. ~ Janelle Monae.

Lauryn Hill, P-Funk, Marvin Gaye, Public Enemy – I have a very diverse palate for music. I can go from Judy Garland to Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Wonder to Rachmaninoff. I just love great music. ~ Janelle Monae.

Children go with whatever makes them feel good – like if that’s the color green or orange, they do that with their clothes. As I’ve grown older, everything reversed. My music, my personality – onstage those things became my colors. ~ Janelle Monae.

Once you find what you like, it’s like it worked yesterday, it works today, it’ll work tomorrow. ~ Janelle Monae.

I spend a lot of time in the future, But to help the future, sometimes you got to go back to the past, and sometimes you got to stay in the present. ~ Janelle Monae.

I enjoy how women dressed in the 1920s with the shimmering jewels and rich feathers. ~ Janelle Monae.

I feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I’m constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes. ~ Janelle Monae.


Don’t get high off praises, and don’t get too low on critiques. ~ Janelle Monae.

Part of what my music represents is to stand up and be the voice of those who feel like they are not heard and want to be treated with respect regardless of race, color, orientation – android, cyborg, whatever. ~ Janelle Monae.

I love the mystery behind things. ~ Janelle Monae.

Top Janelle Monae Quotes

I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. ~ Janelle Monae.

One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. ~ Janelle Monae.

I always carry my classic black-and-white tux and custom-made George Esquivel saddle shoes. ~ Janelle Monae.

I won’t sit here and say I’ve never had a pimple, but I try to have a really great diet, you know, lots of vegetables and fish. And I think stress plays a huge part too. ~ Janelle Monae.

I will not be a slave to my image, nor will I be a slave to anyone else’s interpretations of me. ~ Janelle Monae.


You are only as beautiful as the many beautiful things you do for others without expectation. ~ Janelle Monae.

I have not lost any of my crazy, fearless, raw, soulful, eclectic side and I plan on continuing to tell universal stories in an unforgettable way. ~ Janelle Monae.

I believe that imagination inspires nations. It’s something that I live by. ~ Janelle Monae.

When I was growing up, both my grandmothers would play the organ, and we would all sing. ~ Janelle Monae.

Silence is our enemy, and sound is our weapon. ~ Janelle Monae.

First, before I’m an artist, before I’m a celebrity, I’m a human being. ~ Janelle Monae.

I love great music and if it doesn’t move me I don’t listen to it. ~ Janelle Monae.

Great Janelle Monae Quotes

I’m a believer that the more I’m giving, the happier I am, and the more beautiful my exterior will be. ~ Janelle Monae.

People in my family and camp who grew up listening to rap music love ‘We Are Young.’ I’ve heard it play at weddings. I’ve heard it in graduation parties. It’s a big idea and big song. ~ Janelle Monae.

I’ve cried over string arrangements. ~ Janelle Monae.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness. ~ Janelle Monáe.

Android is a new form of the other, but you can parallel the other to so many different types of people. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be the other, at one point in time I’m sure you felt like that. ~ Janelle Monae.

I’m about women’s empowerment. I’m about agency. I’m about being in control of your narrative and your body. ~ Janelle Monae.

Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through. ~ Janelle Monáe.


Even if it makes others comfortable, I will LOVE who I am. ~ Janelle Monae.

The colors black and white are my uniform, to honor the working class. People like my parents, who were janitors and had to wear a uniform every day. It keeps me grounded. ~ Janelle Monae.

I feel like Harriet Tubman, except I am trying to free people through underground music, to free themselves creatively and inspirationally. ~ Janelle Monae.

I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them. ~ Janelle Monae.

Honestly, I don’t believe in menswear. I focus on what pieces are most timeless, transcendent, match my lifestyle, remain remarkable, and command intriguing attention across the room at an art gallery. ~ Janelle Monae.

When I got into the music industry, I wasn’t focused on being the most famous artist or even getting a major record deal. It was just to make music on my own terms or create my own image, do my own hair, do my own makeup. ~ Janelle Monae.

Some songs you get. Some songs you may not. And I think that’s the beauty of art: to question and to ask, to understand the deeper meaning after two or three or four listenings. ~ Janelle Monae.

So these were the 52 top Janelle Monae quotes and sayings.

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