"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."
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree."Janelle Monae on John F. Kennedy
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars."Janelle Monae on Elbert Hubbard
"A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success."Janelle Monae on Robert Orben
"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."Janelle Monae on Erma Bombeck
"Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know."Janelle Monae on T. S. Eliot
"I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I believe that imagination inspires nations. It's something that I live by."