Beyoncé’s impact reaches beyond her music, as she consistently uses her platform to inspire countless fans with her messages of empowerment. In 2014, Beyoncé was named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world for a second year running.

In honor of Beyoncé’s 37th birthday, on Tuesday 4th Sept, check out a few of her inspiring quotes below:

1. “Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.” – Beyoncé Knowles

2. “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.” – Beyoncé Knowles

3. “Take all the rules away. How can we live if we don’t change?” – Beyoncé Knowles

4. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyoncé Knowles

5. “We all have our imperfections. But I’m human and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.” – Beyoncé Knowles

6. “The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.” – Beyoncé Knowles

7. “I’m a workaholic and I don’t believe in ‘No.’ If I’m not sleeping, nobody’s sleeping.” – Beyoncé Knowles

8. “Do what you were born to do. You just have to trust yourself.” – Beyoncé Knowles

9. “When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.” – Beyoncé Knowles

10. “I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.” – Beyoncé Knowles

11. “Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health — take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish.” – Beyoncé Knowles

12. “When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.” – Beyoncé Knowles

13. “I felt like it was time to set up my future, so I set a goal. My goal was independence.” – Beyoncé Knowles

14. “I think it’s healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care – that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show.” – Beyoncé Knowles

15. “It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.” – Beyoncé Knowles

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