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Get ready to bring some new charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent into the world, hunty. Here are the best LGBT RuPaul quotes to live by.

The very best RuPaul LGBT quotes to live life by

RuPaul Charles has brought a wealth of knowledge over his decades long drag, film, and TV career. With warmth, humor, and heart, he’s built a veritable empire, whose future continues to look bright and makes veritable stars of those who participate in the myriad of Drag Race series over the years. With that, we should take a moment to get some advice from Mama Ru.

From drag that we all wear to beauty to self, here are some of the best RuPaul quotes that will become your new life mottos. So put on those false eyelashes, throw some glitter in the air, and get ready to bring some new charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent into the world, hunty. 

On Drag

After all, “If you can’t love yourself, then how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?!” 

“We are all doing drag. Every single person on this planet is doing it.”

“Drag is there to remind culture not to take itself too seriously. All of this is illusion.”

“Drag is involved with changing identities and not taking identities too seriously at all. That’s why drag is such a hard sell to a network – or anyone, really – because it’s up against the ego.”

“From childhood, we’re trained to be a certain way, to behave a certain way – so that the power base can control us, really. And punk and drag are completely outside of that.”

On career and success

“It’s true in everything, not just in drag: To be a success, you have to understand the landscape. You have to know thyself, and you have to know your history so that you can draw from people who have figured out the equation you are faced with. It’s not rocket science.”

“I’m ambitious. I work hard.” 

“I’ve always been ambitious. I’ve always been able to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I like to stay busy. I love working, and I love being creative.”

“I remember being 14 years old, making a pact with myself. I would never join into the matrix, never join into the status quo, and I would always fight it. It always felt like I was on an operating table and the anesthesia never worked.”

“I have always worked and did my work on the fringe, where I have felt very comfortable.”

“The secret of success in every field is redefining what success means to you. It can’t be your parent’s definition, the media’s definition, or your neighbor’s definition. Otherwise, success will never satisfy you.”

“Personally, I experience success when I enjoy what I’m doing. I love the creative process, even if the end result isn’t embraced by anyone else.”

On love

“Throughout my life, I have always believed in love; I’ve always put my heart in love. But I’ve seen fear take people so often. It’s very scary.”

“People deal with grief in many different ways. And some people in show business parade their relationships around like an accessory, and others like to keep it separate from business and commerce. It’s perfectly fine to say, ‘I actually don’t want to talk about my love because that’s not part of the fantasy world I created in commerce.’”

On progress and history

“I think our culture is moving forward – slowly. And also, as we move forward, we’re witnessing some of the old stalwarts rejecting that forward motion.”

“We humans are still a very primitive culture, and it’s one of the traps we’ve fallen into over the course of our lives – to forget our history. That’s why George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ is so profound. It chronicles our short memory.”

“The number one taboo for boys is to be feminine, so for someone to not only override their internal directive but society’s directive is mind-boggling and heroic. It’s courageous.”

On life, the universe, and everything

The Wizard of Oz is my favorite. It explains what life on this planet is about. Although Dorothy reaches Oz, she finds she had what she needed to go back to Kansas all along, but the Good Witch tells her that she had to learn it for herself. All of the answers to the meaning of life are there.”

“Don’t believe the hype; don’t believe what it tells you on your driver’s license. You are an extension of the power that created this whole universe.”

“In our subconscious, we all know we’re playing roles.”

“It’s important to find your tribe.”

“The whole point is to live life and be – to use all the colors in the crayon box. “

“Once you clear out from your consciousness things that no longer matter, you’re able to make room for other things.”

“Life is not to be taken seriously.”

“I dance to the beat of a different drummer.” 

“It’s a neutralizing mantra to say to everybody, ‘I come in peace.’ I come in peace. That’s why it’s important.”

“Honestly, it’s important to not take this whole process of life on this planet too seriously. And you need games to remind you that every aspect of your experience on this planet is a game. And you have to be a good sport. You have to strategize, and you have to have fun.”

“For my tribe, the people I found years ago, we’ve found sanctuary in the irreverent, in the off-center, in the quirky . . . . And that’s how we stay entertained, and that’s how we stay engaged in what would otherwise seem to be a really cruel world. A really harsh world.”

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