120 J. Cole Quotes & Song Lyrics About Love, Life

These J. Cole quotes about love and life will make you believe anyone can achieve anything if they really set their mind on it.

Jermaine Lamarr Cole better known by his stage name J. Cole was born on January 28, 1985, is an American rappersingersongwriter, and producer. Born in Germany and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole became famous as a rapper in early 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up. Focusing on his goal to become a musician and being brought into the spotlight by Jay Zhe, Cole later released two additional mixtapes, The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010).

J. Cole Motivational Quotes

Born at an American military base in Germany, his father was an African-American veteran who served in the U.S. Army along with his mother. His father abandoned his mother and him shortly after he was born.

His mother moved with him along with his older brother to North Carolina. They struggled with financial problems and lived in trailer parks for a while until his mother remarried but his stepfather became abusive and the marriage ended eventually. After the divorce, his mother became addicted to crack.

Cole began rapping at the age of 12 and took it seriously as a career in 2000 when his mother brought him ASR-X musical sampler as a Christmas gift. Cole worked a number of jobs when he was working on his production skills and serving as a first-chair violinist in an orchestra.

He had also worked as a mascot at an ice hockey rink. Maybe this is why J. Cole’s quotes and sayings are mostly about hard work and doing your best in life.

Cole is a self-made man who taught himself rap and produce music and produced tracks for various artists. Even though he became famous at a young age, he never let himself be distracted by the fame and stayed disciplined and responsible.

Along with the singing, production, he is the founder of a nonprofit Dreamville Foundation which is for the youth of his hometown Fayetteville, NC. The foundation’s motto is to encourage the youth to have a dream, belief, and achieve their goals. He has also bought a house there and turned it into a homestead for single mothers and their children to live rent-free.

Cole has received many awards in his career. Some of them included a Grammy Award, a Billboard Music Award, three Soul Train Music Awards, and 8 BET Hip Hop Awards. 

Here we are sharing a collection of J. Cole quotes about love and life that you can use as your Instagram captions as well as a way to inspire yourself.

J. Cole Quotes

“To appreciate the sun, you gotta know what rain is.” – J. Cole

“Anything’s possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles.” – J. Cole

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

“Nothing lasts forever, but at least we’ve got these memories.” – 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

“Don’t let bridges you cross be bridges you burn.” – J. Cole

“They say time is money but really it’s not. If we ever go broke, then time is all we got. And we can’t make that back, no you can’t make that back.” – 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

“Either you play the game or you let the game play you.” – J. Cole

“I 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

J. Cole Quotes About Life

“Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.” – 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

“A little jealousy in a relationship is healthy. It’s always nice to know someone is afraid to lose you.” – J. Cole

“As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends & more important to have real ones.” – J. Cole

“I was sent from heaven with a set of horns, they’d better warn ya’ll/I’m here for more than just to kick some witty metaphors, dawg/This more of/The type of sh*t you spit to set a war off.” – J. Cole

“Remember when I did a show with Waka Flocka Flame/Felt naked ’cause the boy rocked about a thousand chains/Guess we rock a lot of ice cause we got a lot of pain.” – J. Cole

“I took a train down memory lane/And watching little Jermaine do his thang before he made a name/It’s like Sony signed Basquiat/He gave it all he got/Now the n*gga don’t paint the same thang.”
“Catch me, I’ve fallen in love for the first time” – J. Cole, She’s Mine Pt 2

“Love yourself girl, or nobody will.” – J. Cole

Blacks always broke cause we don’t know money/Spend it before we get it and could never hold money/No wallets, nah, n*gga we’d rather fold money/Money control n*ggas, white man control money.” – J. Cole

“I was too young to scrap you but damn if I ain’t want to/I’m blowing up fast and I hope these words haunt you.” – J. Cole

J. Cole Instagram Captions

“They say: ‘What you fighting for? The game is on life support/And Gary Coleman just passed/Life is short.”
“No sir, the flow cold as a shoulder/Of gold digging hoes when a broke n*gga approaches/Told y’all I’m focused.” – J. Cole

Throwing thousands in the strip club with Drizzy/Difference is I’m throwing four, he’s throwing fifty.” – J. Cole

“I grew up with nothing, it hurt me to see my mother poor/The only pops a n*gga ever seen around was Huxtable.” – J. Cole

“We got dreams and we got the right to chase ’em.” – J. Cole

“A little jealousy in a relationship is healthy. It’s always nice to know someone is afraid to lose you.” – J. Cole

“If I fell in love with you before I ever even knew
I catch your eye then look away as if it never happened” – J. Cole, Deja Vu

“Life is a movie, pick your own role, climb your own ladder or you dig your own hole.” – J. Cole

“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

“One thing you should know about me is I never play to lose, always aim high and rarely obey the rules.” – J. Cole

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

J. Cole Quotes About Love

“Get to know somebody and you really learn a lot about ‘em. Won’t be long before you start to doubt ‘em. Tell yourself you better off without ‘em. Then in time you will find can’t walk without ‘em.” – J. Cole

“People congratulate me. I just tell them God is good.” – J. Cole

“It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success.” – J. Cole

“If I follow my heart to save myself/Could I run away from 50 mill like Dave Chappelle?” – J. Cole

“I ain’t know no better/Thought I was brighter than a Polo sweater/No pops was like Martin with no Coretta.” – J. Cole

“I couldn’t help but think that maybe I had made a mistake/I mean, you made ‘You Owe Me’ dog, I thought that you could relate.” – J. Cole

“And ain’t it shameful, how n*ggas blame hoes for giving birth/To a baby that took two to make—coward n*gga, you a fake.” – 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

“Nothing lasts forever, but at least we’ve got these memories.” – 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

J. Cole Song Lyrics Quotes

“For a few minutes you made me feel as if I actually meant something to someone.” – J. Cole

“If you place your importance on appreciation and love, that’s enough.” – J. Cole

“Sometimes our dreams come true, sometimes our fears do too.” – J. Cole

“To appreciate the sun, you gotta know what rain is.” – 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

“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

“I always feel like it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams, making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.” – J. Cole

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

“I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.” – J. Cole

“I want people to follow their dreams, yes… but I’m not interested in telling young black kids how to be rappers… I want to show them that there’s so many other paths you can take, besides a rapper or basketball player.” – J. Cole

J. Cole Best Lines, Sayings

“Life can bring much pain. There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely.” – J. Cole, Intro (KOD)

“My life is too crazy, no actor could play me” – J. Cole, KOD

“Time will tell who is on my side” – J. Cole, The Cut Off

“Time is short that’s what somebody told me” – J. Cole, Change

“My heart is big, I want to give too much” – J. Cole, The Cut Off

“Every time you go to sleep you look like you in Heaven” – J.Cole, She’s Mine Pt 1

“I know Heaven is a mind state, I’ve been a couple times” – J. Cole, The Cut Off

“I’m searching and praying and hoping for something
I know I’m gon’ see it, I know that it’s coming” – J. Cole, For Whom the Bell Tolls

I’m controlling my mind, the days are warm
The nights are cold, the lost is found, I’m found” – J. Cole, BRACKETS

“I had to cut some people off ’cause they was using me” – J. Cole, The Cut Off

J. Cole Motivational Quotes

“I put my hand to the sky, I sing
Grateful for the blessings you bring
Thank you for the ones I love
Forgive me for the times I was
Down and confused, I know
What I reap is what I will sow” – J. Cole, Windows Pain

“I know that vengeance is the Lord’s and it’s not for me” – J. Cole, The Cut Off

“I know I’m blessed because yo’ stress is realer than anything I done been through” – J. Cole, Windows Pain

“As we speak I’m at peace, no longer scared to die” – J. Cole, Change

“How ’bout you listen and never forget?” – J.Cole, KOD

“Sometimes I think pain is just a lack of understanding
If we could only understand it all, would we feel no pain?
God must feel no pain” – J. Cole, Once an Addict

“I no longer bury demons, I be a vessel for the truth until I’m barely breathing, I’m singing” – J. Cole, Change

“One thing about the men that’s controlling the pen
That write history, they always seem to white-out they sins” – J. Cole, BRACKETS

“I try to find employment even if it’s wiping toilets” – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only

“I wish that he had more guidance, for real
Too many niggas in cycle of jail” – J. Cole, Middle Child

J. Cole Inspirational Quotes

“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, Rise and Shine

“So here we are… it’s funny how so close can seem so far.” – J. Cole, Friday Night Lights

“Hard to move on when you always regret one.” – J. Cole

“Every loser gotta win and every winner gotta lose someday” – J. Cole, Deja Vu

“If you ain’t aim too high, then you aim too low!” – J. Cole, January 28th

“Yeah, my intuition is telling me there’ll be better days
I sit in silence and find whenever I meditate
My fears alleviate, my tears evaporate
My faith don’t deviate, ideas don’t have a date
But see I’m growing and getting stronger with every breath” – J. Cole, Change

“You can dream but don’t neglect the execution” – J. Cole, Change

“What’s done in the dark will always find a way to shine” – J. Cole, Kevin’s Heart

“But the only real change come from inside” – J. Cole, Change

“You coulda bought a crib with all that bread that you done blew
I know you think this type of revenue is never endin’
But I wanna take a minute just to tell you that ain’t true” – J. Cole, 1985

J. Cole Quotes About Friends

“One thing about your demons they bound to catch up one day
I’d rather see you stand up and face them than run away” – J. Cole, FRIENDS

“I understand this message is not the coolest to say
But if you down to try it I know of a better way
Meditate” – J. Cole, FRIENDS

“I studied the greats, I’m the greatest right now” – J. Cole, Middle Child

“At the bottom of the hourglass
Lies sand that represents the past
In which all of my demons rest
I’m calling out for help” – J. Cole, Into (KOD)

“I flip my misfortune and grow me a fortune” – J. Cole, ATM

“If the pressure get too much for me to take and I break
Play this tape for my daughter and let her know my life is on it” – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only

“This year gon’ be different, I set my intentions
I promise to slap all that hate out your voice”– J. Cole, Middle Child

“I was a fool, spent all my time ducking school, ducking cops
Ducking rules, hugging blocks that don’t love you” – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only

“If practice made perfect, I’m practice’s baby” – J. Cole, KOD

“Everything grows, it’s destined to change” – J. Cole, Middle Child

J. Cole Senior Quotes

“Rejection makes you defensive
So you protect your pride with your reflexes
But life is a game with no reset on the end” – J. Cole, Hello

“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’m a super-duper over-analyzer. You mix that with self-doubt and pressure, and that’s never healthy.” – 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

“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

“I just feel like, with rappers, there’s so much complacency. It’s like, ‘Oh, I’m a rapper. I’m successful. I make money. That’s all that matters.’ But there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world. Whether or not you’re aware of it, it’s happening.” – J. Cole

“I had a lot of resistance, and not just to fame. I was always conscious of not changing.” – 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

“There was the time I bought three cars in the span of three or four weeks. It was crazy; it wasn’t greedy. It was mine, my girl’s, my mom’s. I got Benzes for my ladies. But I felt crazy. You have to understand I come from a world where we’re very modest. But that’s not greedy. That’s nice, right?” – J. Cole

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

J. Cole Love Yourz Quotes

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“There’s always people out there that’s like, doubting me, you know what I mean? Even though I do embrace the people that embrace me and I’m grateful for them. But I always feel like, man, there’s still people out there that’s not giving it up. And I feel like I’m doing everything the right way, you know what I mean? I’m really going out of my way to do it the right way. I’m taking very few cheats – very few cheat codes that I’m using.” – J. Cole

“College had a great deal to do with my development as a person. I don’t know if I’d be the artist I was if it wasn’t for goin’ to school like that. A school is a good place – it ain’t for everybody, but I think it’s for most people.” – 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

Deep J. Cole Quotes

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“You keep falling victim ‘cause you’re insecure, and when I tell you you’re beautiful you can’t be sure.” – J. Cole

“I don’t live for the accolades. I’m more so about the music. Making it, and putting it out. Those are the two best feelings.” – J. Cole

“My fans love me for me, my beats, my rhymes.” – J. Cole

“Cause you a star—no, not the type that snort the white lines. I mean the type to light the nighttime.” – J. Cole

“Promise to my momma I’mma make it to the top, so I’mma keep climbing ‘til my heartbeat drop.” – J. Cole, Can I Live

“I’mma be here for a while. None of these clowns can hurt me.” – J. Cole, Return Of Simba

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

Which one’s are your favorite J. Cole quotes?

J. Cole is famous for his inspiring song lyrics and has a life that many don’t even dare to dream about, but things haven’t always been this way. Struggling with many problems, Cole choose to stay humble and keep working on the dreams that made him rise to the top.

We hope J. Cole’s quotes and song lyrics will inspire you to never give up on your dreams and keep working hard no matter what it takes to become the best.

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