I have to trust myself.”“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world.
It was at this point that Shawn Carter embraced the nickname Jay Z, which was simultaneously an homage to Jaz-O, a play on Carter's childhood nickname of "Jazzy" and a reference to the J/Z subway station near his Brooklyn home.“I felt like God was giving me a chance to assist in a miracle. It's the greatest show on earth."[On being a mother; giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter.]”“I think people have an idea in their heads about entertainers [and] celebrities.There is something so relieving about life taking over you like that. I think they feel like their lives are so perfect, and it's really hard to go through painful experiences when you are in the public eye because it's hard to have closure.”“In my hardest moments, where I thought, 'What am I doing?I'm not strong enough for this, I can't get through this, I'm not ready.' I just have to say, 'Jump!' because I know I'm gonna land in that water and swim back on the boat, and I'm going to jump again and land in the water and swim back to the boat.