These Selena Quintanilla Quotes Are Perfect For Your #MotivationMonday
There’s nobody else in history like Selena, and that’s because she made history. She broke past gender norms and essentially took her rightful throne as Queen of Tejano music, an otherwise male-dominated genre. The only records she was ever competing against were her own. Her last live televised concert broke all records (which was her own record the year before) with a sold-out Houston Astrodome 24 years ago this February.
While her life was violently ended much too soon, she had accomplished lifetimes of achievement by the time of her death at just 23 years old. Why? Her positive mental thinking and gratitude. Keep Selena’s spirit alive and rise up, mija. These quotes are going to get you going.
“I feel very proud to be Mexican.”
She told Los Gruperos, “I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but … it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Who knew?
“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl.”
Her most iconic quote of all time is probably via Orale Primo:
“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But … wrong!”
“We got laughed at…”
In a 1994 interview, Selena confessed that “we got laughed at. My father was told that we would never make it. It’s gradual, a growing process. It’s not like it came overnight.”
“When you get hard work you get success, and we put a lot of years into it.”
In an interview with KZTV, Selena emphasized the importance of perseverance. Even when people laugh at you.
“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”
Selena only became so successful because she didn’t take people’s doubt seriously. She just went for it.
“All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do.”
Y ya. That’s all we can do, and the rest, we can let go.
“Anybody can be a role model, anybody can.”
In an interview given before her Grammy winning live performance in Corpus Christi 1993, Selena only had warm gratitude to share with her fans.
“I want to be remembered not only as an entertainer, but as a person who cared a lot.”
“…and I gave the best that I could and I tried to be the best role model that I possibly could.” 😭 😭 😭
“I’m very real, very sincere and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be.”
Be true to yourself, mija, no matter whether life throws fame, poverty or fortune your way. These are the sacred words of Selena.
“The reason I’m really appreciative of everything that’s going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.
In an interview with MTV, Selena shared how she holds onto gratitude. Turns out it’s an attitude of gratitude.
“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”
Stay in school, kids! Selena wouldn’t have gotten where she was without her education, and curiosity to get rooted in her culture.
“You shouldn’t care for somebody just because of the materialistic things that they have, and I’m a firm believer in that.”
Like La Reina says, money comes and goes. You want someone that you’ll want in every season of life.
“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better.”
We bet Selena got a lot of that in every world she found herself in. She was criticized by Latin media for not speaking Spanish fluently, and misunderstood by the Anglo world she lived in.
“Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”
Say that three times fast. Now say it in Spanish. K, now Selena is within you.
“We never thought we’d get this far, but we’re here.”
The band used to be stoked about getting a four hour gig that paid $100. They made it, fam.
“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table.”
“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”
“You have to take what you could get when you’re getting started.”
If you expect to do something perfect the first time, then where do you go from there? Nobody starts out with everything, except for the Drumpfs.
“I don’t feel pressure because I’m not trying to portray something that I’m not.”
“… I’m just being myself. All these things that we’re doing and any jobs that we take, it’s because it’s what we believe in.”
“A lot of people may think it’s difficult to work with family, it’s not.”
“If you have the same love, the same interests, and the same respect for each other, things work out great.” You get to work with you fam? Right on!
“You wish for things to happen when you’re not doing as well…”
“… and when it comes around, it’s like you wanna slow down. But you have to stop and think [about] where you came from, you appreciate it even more. It’s better to be working than not working at all.”
Hear that? So when you’re feeling bummed about being at work on a Monday, be grateful to be at work on a Monday instead.