M.I.A. Quotes

You have to constantly redefine who you are.

Confidence takes constant nurturing, like a bed, it must be remade every day.

I feel like a mirror reflecting back everyones perception of me.

Rage and grief are savage companions, but despair is the final undoing.

Somebody told me that if you wake up every day and do stuff that’s easy, then you’re doing the wrong thing. If you wake up every day and do stuff that’s really hard and you manage to get through to people, then you’re doing the right thing. They might have just fooled me by telling me that, but it worked. I think that’s my philosophy.

I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border, I got visas in my name

Everything I think seems to be controversial, so I feel like I need to just go away for a second and put it all down on paper until the storm passes.

Everyone has that moment where they just rebel.

If right now, culture’s so divisive, it just leaves these millions of people like me out.

Whoever’s inside is inside; whoever’s out is out.

Instead of going to war, we should put the money into arts and culture and let creative people define what Britain is.

Art is supposed to be about creativity. But the same people are the same art darlings every month, and it’s a bit annoying. It’s supposed to be diverse and interesting and conceptual and have weird concepts in a comfortable place.

Besides, isn’t it more exciting when you don’t have permission?

Here we are at the edge of the world, the very edge of Western civilization, and all of us are so desperate to feel something, anything, that we keep falling into each other and f*****g our way toward the end of days.

Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it’s necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable?

Even if you’re frustrated, how do you express yourself? There’s no subculture like back in the day.

I already feel that I am making a political statement by sticking around in music, when I am doing it so differently to everyone else.


I felt pissed off because I realized that you have to teach people in a clich├ęd way how to be happy-and happiness has become too one thing in American media. Achieving happiness is not really about having a flat stomach and the best car.

I don’t have a community like a black community to belong to [with] a musical platform that’s been built for years and years and years, or the film-making culture, and I don’t have the white one to belong to.

My statements aren’t incomplete, they’re just in-progress. It’s a debate and a discussion.

When I first came out, I was a film student and my mom sewed clothes. I was already doing a million things then, whatever it took to survive. If I had to braid someone’s hair to get one pound for my lunch money, that’s what I did. But I did it in the most creative way possible.

Across the world, on your phone, everybody gets the same list of things to read, listen to, and watch.

I hate the idea of street art. With music, I just needed my brain and my voice, which didn’t cost anything.

I dont like the idea of spirituality done the way its done. The only way I could understand it was through creativity, not by going to an Ashram, or finding a guru or joining a temple. I made work out of it.

I’m still working out my opinions – it’s always a question mark. I leave loads of space open, and people don’t like that.