Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer and songwriter who came to fame in the 1990s as the lead singer and founding member for the band No Doubt.

In the early 2000s, Stefani ended her collaboration with her No Doubt bandmates and started a solo career. With singles dominating pop charts, a clothing line, and a Madonna-sized public image that extended into the worlds of film and TV, Gwen Stefani made quite a name for herself.

Before she discovered her passion for music, Stefani dreamed of a life of marriage, children, and white picket fences. Now she’s a famous artist, business woman, has three children, a gorgeous house, and has no plans to stop here.

The singer made her debut as a coach for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice in September 2014, and she’s been encouraging inspiring speakers ever since. After experiencing a devastating divorce, Gwen met Blake Shelton on the show’s set, with whom she now has a beautiful and strong relationship.

Here are 18 Gwen Stefani quotes from her songs, writing, and interviews

Never say never. In your life you never know what’s going to happen next.

After you make a fool of yourself a few hundred times, you learn what works.

My songs are basically my diaries. Some of my best songwriting has come out of time when I’ve been going through a personal nightmare.

Life is short and you’ve got to get the most out of it.

I don’t have a strong sense of self-worth unless I’m doing something.

It was such a turning point to find that I had a talent and I had something to contribute, somewhere.

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Act as young as you feel. You’re not getting older; you’re getting more entitled to be your fabulous self.

Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done – by far.

I have to be creative to be happy.

I have to tell everyone everything that’s going on. It is different once you’re married, because that’s sacred.

Being a singer is all about me. About ego. Being a mom is all about being selfless – two different worlds.

We all have to go through hard times. Tragedies. Those are given to us to see what we’re going to do with them.

Love is when you have a bad day but then you see the one you love and everything seems to be okay.

No one can force me to do something unless I’m passionate about it.

People might think you can turn creativity on and off, but it’s not like that. It just kind of comes out. A mash up of all these things you collect in your mind. You never know when it’s gonna happen, but when it does … it’s like magic. It’s just that simple and it’s just that hard.

Being honest and truthful – I just believe that’s the best way to be.

Wakin’ up to find another day. The moon got lost again last night, but now the sun has finally had its say.

I’ve never been good at giving advice. The only advice I ever gave people was to find something that you are passionate about. But I hate giving advice, because, who am I? I’m just a girl.