Beyoncé Knowles is a global pop culture icon with few equals and little need for an introduction.

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1. "If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow."

2. "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."

3. "The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence."

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4. "We all have our purpose, we all have our strengths."

5. "I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous."

6. "We all have our imperfections. But I’m human, and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty."

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7. "Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are."

8. "I felt like it was time to set up my future, so I set a goal. My goal was independence."

9. "I always try to be myself. Ever since I was an introverted kid, I’d get on stage and be able to break out of my shell."

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10. "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."

11. "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."

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Queen Bey!