If Tupac Shakur was right more than two decades ago when he assured his fallen friends — victims of the street that he would one day join — that there’s a “heaven for a ‘G’,” then he’ll be celebrating his 45th birthday today in the afterlife.

Tupac, who was shot and killed in 1996 at the age of 25, is one of the most celebrated hip-hop artists in history.  Here are some of his most famous lyrics and quotes.

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”

“I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”

“You're right. I am crazy. But you know what else? I don't give a f---. ” (From the 1992 film “Juice.”)

“They have money for war but can't feed the poor.”

“And still I see no changes. Can't a brother get a little peace? There's war on the streets and the war in the Middle East. Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me.” (From the track “Changes.”)

“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear. ”

“Since we all came from a women, got our name from a women and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cuz if we don't we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies who make the babies. And since a man can't make one, he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one.” (From the track “Keep Ya Head Up.”)

“And even as a crack fiend, mama. You always was a black queen, mama.” (From the track “Dear Mama,” which he wrote about her.)

“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”

“I didn't choose the thug life; the thug life chose me.”