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25 Life Lessons We've Learned From Pop Divas

Important tips we've collected from Madonna, Gaga, Britney, Beyonce, Christina and all the other fierce ladies you refer to on a first-name basis

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Admit it: While we gawk at their fashion choices, scrutinize their love lives and play and replay their music videos, what we ultimately love most about the divas ruling pop is the music. While we're perfecting our Beyonce hair flips, Xtina belts and Britney choreography, we've also let the lessons within their lyrics guide and shape our lives.

From pioneering divas like Madonna and Cher to the new pop princesses like Miley and Demi, these are the important tips we've collected complete with our own translations.

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“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”
- "Justify My Love"

Translation: Do what you want regardless of what other people tell you.

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Katy Perry

“Do you know that there's still a chance for you? 'Cause there's a spark in you. You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine.”
- "Firework"

Translation: There's something special in all of us, boo! We just gotta find that certain thing that brings it out. Don't give up!

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Jennifer Lopez

“Can't forget to stay real. To me it's like breathing. Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got.”
- "Jenny From the Block"

Translation: No matter what happens in your life, don't forget who you are. Stay grounded and it'll just come naturally. 

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Lady Gaga

“I'm beautiful in my way, 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track baby, I was born this way.”
- "Born This Way

Translation: You perfect just the way you are, honey!

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“I feel like we could be really awesome together. So, make up your mind 'cause it's now or never. It's all your fault, you called me beautiful.”
- "It's All Your Fault"

Translation: Don't fall for pickup lines.

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Christina Aguilera

“You are beautiful in every single way, 'cause words can't bring you down.”
- "Beautiful"

Translation: First off, you're an incredible person. Second off, you're even more incredible because you don't let the haters get to you!

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Stevie Nicks

“Players only you love when they're playing.”
- "Dreams"

Translation: Be wary of who you're loving and—for the love of everything holystay away from players.

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Nicki Minaj

“I am no longer trying to survive. I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive.”
- "Moment 4 Life"

Translation: Just going through each day really isn't enough. It can be great so make each day great.

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Miley Cyrus

“The struggles I'm facing, the chances I'm taking sometimes might knock me down. But, no, I'm not breaking. I may not know it, but these are the moments that I'm gonna remember most.”
- "The Climb"

Translation: Learn from every experience—whether it's awesome or downright sh-tty—it's shaping you more than you probably realize.

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Mariah Carey

“They can do anything they want to you if you let them in. But they won't ever win, if you cling to you pride.”
- "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)"

Translation: People can try and will get to you if you let them. Remember the things that make you happy and confident and they won't matter a bit.

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“Fancy clothes and fancy cars won't go that far, but turn into misery. When you don't go with your basic instinct.”

Translation: All the great things you have won't last much longer unless you remember to believe in you

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“They can say that I won't stay around, but I'm gonna stand my ground, you're not gonna stop me. You don't know me, you don't know who I am. Don't count me out so fast.”
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"

Translation: They can say and think whatever they want, but even when you're at your lowest they shouldn't forget about you because YOU have something special. And you're going to show them that...right?!?

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“Let's capture the moment 'cause even forever ain't forever. I swear by the moment, 'cause together ain't promised forever. Let's live in the moment.”
- "Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary"

Translation: Who knows what tomorrow brings, so let's enjoy and take advantage of where we're at right here, right now.

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“I'm gon' be my own best friend. Me, myself and I, that's all I got in the end That's what I found out.”
- "Me, Myself and I"

Translation: In the end, you really only have yourself to depend on. Make sure you're the best friend you would want to have.

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Lea Michele

“I let go of fear and the peace came quickly. I was in the dark and then it hit me: I chose suffering and in pain in the falling rain. I know, I gotta get out into the world again.”
- "Cannonball"

Translation: Break free of your fears and get your ass into the world. Ain't nobody going to pull you out of you outta the shadows except you, mmk?

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Selena Gomez

“Stand up let 'em know that you shine bright. Throw down, let 'em know that you got right. Walk like a champion!”
- "Like a Champion"

Translation: You can exude confidence simply from the way you walk. Remember that when you're at school or on the streets.

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Kelly Clarkson

“The trouble with love is it doesn't care how fast you fall. And you can't refuse the call. See, you've got no say at all.”
- "The Trouble With Love Is"

Translation: Love can be harsh and unkind and, child, there's nothing you can do about that.

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Demi Lovato

“I can make the rain stop if I want to, just by my attitude. I can take my laptop, record a snapshot and change your point of view.”
- "Me, Myself and Time"

Translation: Never doubt that the way you view and interact with the world can make a difference, honey!

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Gwen Stefani

“Naturally, I'm worried if I do it alone. Who really cares 'cause it's your life you never know, it could be great. Take a chance 'cause you might grow.”
- "What You Waiting For?"

Translation: Approach life with confidence, even if you're being challenged all alone. Who knows? It could be GREAT! Go for it!

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Britney Spears

“If ya like what ya see and your curiosity. Let your mind roam free.”
- "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)"

Translation: Explore the things that intrigue and interest you.

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“I can't hide what I've done. Scars remind me of just how far that I've come.”
- "Gypsy"

Translation: Pain and bad memories are just there as a friendly reminder that you are better now.

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Marina & The Diamonds

“People like to tell you what you're gonna be, it's not my problem if you don't see what I see.”
- "Are You Satisfied?"

Translation: Everyone will have opinions and thoughts about you, but their concerns shouldn't be your concerns. Do you!

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“I don't need you or your brand new Benz or your bougie friends. I don't need love lookin' like diamonds.”
- "Sleazy"

Translation: I am great on my own, sucka!

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Paris Hilton

“Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy, it's such an evil thing.”

Translation: Love yourself, forget those other hos.

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Cyndi Lauper

“Oh, I realize It's hard to take courage. In a world full of people, you can lose sight of it all and the darkness there inside you makes you feel so small. But I see your true colors hining through.”
- "True Colors"

Translation: Look, Cyndi gets it. The world can be tough, but she sees something special inside you. If friggen Cyndi Lauper sees greatness in you, what's holding you back?!?


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