"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."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Janelle Monae on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Janelle Monae on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Janelle Monae on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Janelle Monae on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Janelle Monae on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them."
"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."
"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."
"I believe that imagination inspires nations. It's something that I live by."