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Quotes by Alicia Keys

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Wikipedia Summary for Alicia Keys

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys began composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002.

Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", and "Diary", and selling eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Her duet "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one. Her third album, As I Am (2007), produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling 7 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards.

In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces. She, along with Jack White, recorded "Another Way to Die" (the title song to the 22nd official James Bond film, Quantum of Solace). Her fourth album, The Element of Freedom (2009), became her first chart-topping album in the UK, and sold 4 million copies worldwide. In 2009, Keys also collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind", which became her fourth number-one single and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.

In 2013, VH1 Storytellers was released as her second live album. Her sixth studio album, Here (2016), became her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart-topping album. Her seventh studio album, Alicia, was released on September 18, 2020.

Keys has received numerous accolades in her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association.

She has sold over 50 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide making her one of the world's best-selling music artists and was named by Billboard the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade. She placed tenth on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time has named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is also acclaimed for her humanitarian work, philanthropy and activism; she co-founded and serves as the Global Ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive.

Quote: Simplicity makes me happy. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of statue of liberty new york city
Photo Credit: Marcelo Cidrack

Simplicity makes me happy.


Quote: I love my legs. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I love my legs.


Quote: Your life can become the background for the art you create. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Your life can become the background for the art you create.


Quote: Be driven, be focused, but enjoy every moment, because it only happens once. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Be driven, be focused, but enjoy every moment, because it only happens once.


Quote: I play Beethoven and Bach. At the same
 time, Biggie is my dog. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I play Beethoven and Bach. At the same
time, Biggie is my dog.


Quote: I'm inspired by many of my friends, colleagues, and the extraordinary people I've been fortunate enough to meet along the way. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm inspired by many of my friends, colleagues, and the extraordinary people I've been fortunate enough to meet along the way.


Quote: Everybody goes through their life in different ways. I definitely am having my journey. It evolves and changes. At some moments, I feel totally off center and trying to find my way back. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Everybody goes through their life in different ways. I definitely am having my journey. It evolves and changes. At some moments, I feel totally off center and trying to find my way back.


Quote: I'm committed to evolving and growing and sitting at the head of my own table with no fears or limitations. But I've also learned to be more open now and more spontaneous in life. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm committed to evolving and growing and sitting at the head of my own table with no fears or limitations. But I've also learned to be more open now and more spontaneous in life.


Quote: You don't know what will happen from one minute to the next. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

You don't know what will happen from one minute to the next.


Quote: You're stronger, and you're better, and you're ready for whatever. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

You're stronger, and you're better, and you're ready for whatever.


Quote: I'm discovering my sexual side, and exploring relationships. You know, sensual stuff. And I'm discovering a lot of sides of myself, stuff I've buried. So the music is also therapeutic, to come to terms with things. And I feel now like my head is in the right space. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of Alicia Keys quote; white text on black background

I'm discovering my sexual side, and exploring relationships. You know, sensual stuff. And I'm discovering a lot of sides of myself, stuff I've buried. So the music is also therapeutic, to come to terms with things. And I feel now like my head is in the right space.


Quote: The smaller you strip things down, the more you depend on the songs and yourself, as opposed to arrangements. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

The smaller you strip things down, the more you depend on the songs and yourself, as opposed to arrangements.


Quote: Everything you want to be, you already are. You're simply on the path to discovering it. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Everything you want to be, you already are. You're simply on the path to discovering it.


Quote: I think conveying the emotion of the collective we is pretty incredible. Especially in tumultuous times like we are in now. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I think conveying the emotion of the collective we is pretty incredible. Especially in tumultuous times like we are in now.


Quote: Through the shake of an earthquake I will never fall. That's how strong my love is. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Through the shake of an earthquake I will never fall. That's how strong my love is.


Quote: The climate of today is not really focused as much as it was then on being able to speak about different cultural issues or different situations that were going on politically. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

The climate of today is not really focused as much as it was then on being able to speak about different cultural issues or different situations that were going on politically.




Quote: All women are NATURALLY, bad ass! by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

All women are NATURALLY, bad ass!


Quote: I'm very blessed to have a phenomenal husband, son, and beautiful family and friends around me. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm very blessed to have a phenomenal husband, son, and beautiful family and friends around me.


Quote: If your family -- just because they're blood doesn't mean that they necessarily give you the best advice. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

If your family -- just because they're blood doesn't mean that they necessarily give you the best advice.




Quote: I've always expressed myself best through writing. I've gotten out all of my deepest feelings that way for as long as I can remember. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've always expressed myself best through writing. I've gotten out all of my deepest feelings that way for as long as I can remember.


Quote: Some people want it all But I don't want nothing at all If it ain't you baby If I ain't got you baby Some people want diamond rings Some just want everything But everything means nothing If I ain't got you, Yeah. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Some people want it all But I don't want nothing at all If it ain't you baby If I ain't got you baby Some people want diamond rings Some just want everything But everything means nothing If I ain't got you, Yeah.


Quote: Why give up before we try Feel the lows before the highs Clip our wings before we fly away I can't say I came prepared I'm suspended in the air Won't you come be in the sky with me. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Why give up before we try Feel the lows before the highs Clip our wings before we fly away I can't say I came prepared I'm suspended in the air Won't you come be in the sky with me.


Quote: He broke my heart, and now it's raining, just to rub it in. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

He broke my heart, and now it's raining, just to rub it in.


Quote: I've met many young women who are HIV positive and courageously fighting the disease. Their determination to live a full life and see their children live in a better world is deeply inspiring to me. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've met many young women who are HIV positive and courageously fighting the disease. Their determination to live a full life and see their children live in a better world is deeply inspiring to me.


Quote: I pray to give thanks and to recognize all the good things that are in my life even during times of great change, confusion, or frustration. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I pray to give thanks and to recognize all the good things that are in my life even during times of great change, confusion, or frustration.


Quote: I pray before everything. When I wake up, before I eat, before I perform, before I go to sleep, in the moments I need guidance. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I pray before everything. When I wake up, before I eat, before I perform, before I go to sleep, in the moments I need guidance.


Quote: In fact, I think that's my favorite word and the most important word when it comes to relationships: equality. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

In fact, I think that's my favorite word and the most important word when it comes to relationships: equality.


Quote: Good food is an amazing blessing. Whenever you can sit down at a table, eat food that is extremely delicious, and are surrounded by people you love...it's: Wow, life is good. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Good food is an amazing blessing. Whenever you can sit down at a table, eat food that is extremely delicious, and are surrounded by people you love...it's: Wow, life is good.


Quote: I think following my instinct has proven to lead me in the right direction, and it's hard to hear sometimes, because it's a noisy world and there's a lot of people talking to you. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I think following my instinct has proven to lead me in the right direction, and it's hard to hear sometimes, because it's a noisy world and there's a lot of people talking to you.


Quote: When I did get signed and I was going around letting people know what I was about, that's exactly how I did it: me on the piano, playing a couple of songs I'd written and talking to the people in between. That's how I got my performance chops up. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

When I did get signed and I was going around letting people know what I was about, that's exactly how I did it: me on the piano, playing a couple of songs I'd written and talking to the people in between. That's how I got my performance chops up.


Quote: How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.


Quote: Right now the way I define beauty is individuality and wisdom, which I think creates a certain inner confidence. And not confidence in a way that's only on the surface, but a deep-down knowing of yourself or settling into who you are. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Right now the way I define beauty is individuality and wisdom, which I think creates a certain inner confidence. And not confidence in a way that's only on the surface, but a deep-down knowing of yourself or settling into who you are.


Quote: Hand me the world on a silver platter, and what good would it be? by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Hand me the world on a silver platter, and what good would it be?


Quote: I think that marriage is beautiful. And if it's a partnership with someone you love, then it really is beautiful. Yeah, I think that marriage does work. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I think that marriage is beautiful. And if it's a partnership with someone you love, then it really is beautiful. Yeah, I think that marriage does work.


Quote: Sometimes I feel good, at times I feel used. Loving you darling, makes me so confused. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Sometimes I feel good, at times I feel used. Loving you darling, makes me so confused.


Quote: I'm so grateful that I can play and that I can execute what I hear in my head, because that's the tricky part. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm so grateful that I can play and that I can execute what I hear in my head, because that's the tricky part.


Quote: I feel alive in quiet moments with my son, riding our bikes or watching him line his trains up in a particular order, witnessing how his mind works, hearing him learn a new word. I'm alive in these special moments because I never knew a love like this. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I feel alive in quiet moments with my son, riding our bikes or watching him line his trains up in a particular order, witnessing how his mind works, hearing him learn a new word. I'm alive in these special moments because I never knew a love like this.


Quote: When I am truly present, I feel alive, and I want everyone around me to share that feeling so we can make the most of that moment together. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

When I am truly present, I feel alive, and I want everyone around me to share that feeling so we can make the most of that moment together.


Quote: At the end of the day, so many things that we hold so much value with, it just doesn't even mean anything. I really try to stay focused on being really positive. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

At the end of the day, so many things that we hold so much value with, it just doesn't even mean anything. I really try to stay focused on being really positive.


Quote: No one will take care of you if you don't take care of yourself. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

No one will take care of you if you don't take care of yourself.


Quote: With each new day, I'm learning how to take control in order to have balance in my life. I plan time for myself and my loved ones and take it. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

With each new day, I'm learning how to take control in order to have balance in my life. I plan time for myself and my loved ones and take it.


Quote: I wouldn't mind being in one place for two months or so. It really doesn't sound so bad! by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I wouldn't mind being in one place for two months or so. It really doesn't sound so bad!


Quote: There's something so powerful about being my own gorgeous, beautiful, individual, unique self. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

There's something so powerful about being my own gorgeous, beautiful, individual, unique self.


Quote: I can do what I want to do, lucky me. But when these people are coming at me and asking these things, they don't really care about me. And I have felt like there were all these people who just wanted to use me. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I can do what I want to do, lucky me. But when these people are coming at me and asking these things, they don't really care about me. And I have felt like there were all these people who just wanted to use me.


Quote: Still when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an 'S' on my chest
Oh yes, I'm a Superwoman. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Still when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an 'S' on my chest
Oh yes, I'm a Superwoman.


Quote: We believe Frederick Nietzsche couldn't have been more right when he said 'without music, life would be a mistake. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

We believe Frederick Nietzsche couldn't have been more right when he said 'without music, life would be a mistake.


Quote: I think being really connected to a higher power, of having a spirituality to me, has been really good for me and I pray all the time. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I think being really connected to a higher power, of having a spirituality to me, has been really good for me and I pray all the time.


Quote: I believe AIDS is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I believe AIDS is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.


Quote: My son makes me super giddy, especially when he laughs. His laugh makes me laugh like a maniac! by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

My son makes me super giddy, especially when he laughs. His laugh makes me laugh like a maniac!


Quote: There is this fallacy about how women are catty, that we're all in competition with each other. I'd say: As opposed to getting swept up in jealousy, use that pang to give you an indication of what you are looking for. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

There is this fallacy about how women are catty, that we're all in competition with each other. I'd say: As opposed to getting swept up in jealousy, use that pang to give you an indication of what you are looking for.


Quote: Here's my pet peeve: The not-so-unstated rule that all women are only to be treated as sexual objects and gawked at-you know, sitting up against a car, washing something, bending over, licking something. That just drives me crazy. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Here's my pet peeve: The not-so-unstated rule that all women are only to be treated as sexual objects and gawked at-you know, sitting up against a car, washing something, bending over, licking something. That just drives me crazy.


Quote: Love me like you'll never see me again. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Love me like you'll never see me again.


Quote: Early on in my career, I was more closed off in every way. I thought I was protecting myself; instead, I was robbing myself of all I could learn and experience. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Early on in my career, I was more closed off in every way. I thought I was protecting myself; instead, I was robbing myself of all I could learn and experience.


Quote: Soul music is timeless. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Soul music is timeless.


Quote: I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.


Quote: Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music's importance in our lives, music is the language of love, of laughter, of heartbreak, of mystery. It's the world's true, true, without question, universal language. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music's importance in our lives, music is the language of love, of laughter, of heartbreak, of mystery. It's the world's true, true, without question, universal language.




Quote: I've learned that one of my greatest secrets is scheduling downtime into a busy schedule. This gives me the time to have quality moments with my husband and son, who both recharge my spirit in ways I never imagined. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've learned that one of my greatest secrets is scheduling downtime into a busy schedule. This gives me the time to have quality moments with my husband and son, who both recharge my spirit in ways I never imagined.


Quote: Many things inspire me. First and foremost, my family, my husband, and our son. I find that the love we share fills me up and makes me see and appreciate life in a different way. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Many things inspire me. First and foremost, my family, my husband, and our son. I find that the love we share fills me up and makes me see and appreciate life in a different way.


Quote: Quiet moments recharge me. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Quiet moments recharge me.


Quote: As a lyricist, you love to hear other great lyrics or other great concepts. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

As a lyricist, you love to hear other great lyrics or other great concepts.


Quote: To be able to help a 13-year-old kid from the Bronx follow her dreams just by letting her know she's not forgotten in this crazy world -- that's why I got involved with Frum Tha Ground Up. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

To be able to help a 13-year-old kid from the Bronx follow her dreams just by letting her know she's not forgotten in this crazy world -- that's why I got involved with Frum Tha Ground Up.




Quote: My parents weren't married. It wasn't like my dad up and left. I maintained a steady relationship with my grandparents. My dad's mother is my nana, and I'm closer to her than almost anybody in this world. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

My parents weren't married. It wasn't like my dad up and left. I maintained a steady relationship with my grandparents. My dad's mother is my nana, and I'm closer to her than almost anybody in this world.


Quote: I feel more like I'm a person who has so much to offer in different capacities that it would be a danger for me not to give myself a chance to spread my wings in all different directions. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I feel more like I'm a person who has so much to offer in different capacities that it would be a danger for me not to give myself a chance to spread my wings in all different directions.


Quote: I definitely want to act, but I also want to score movies, and I have this idea to fuse classical music with other styles that would give it a different perception. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I definitely want to act, but I also want to score movies, and I have this idea to fuse classical music with other styles that would give it a different perception.


Quote: The desire to play has always been in me. I remember my first experience at about four or five of really dying to sing and dying to play that came from no one telling me to do so. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

The desire to play has always been in me. I remember my first experience at about four or five of really dying to sing and dying to play that came from no one telling me to do so.


Quote: I don't dream -- only if I'm uncomfortable or I'm going through something. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I don't dream -- only if I'm uncomfortable or I'm going through something.


Quote: My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures. But any woman of colour, even a mixed colour, is seen as black in America. So that's how I regard myself. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures. But any woman of colour, even a mixed colour, is seen as black in America. So that's how I regard myself.


Quote: When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.


Quote: Music is funny. I shouldn't even ever talk about music, because you can have all the ideas in your head, and it never goes exactly the way that you think it's gonna go. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Music is funny. I shouldn't even ever talk about music, because you can have all the ideas in your head, and it never goes exactly the way that you think it's gonna go.


Quote: From the beginning, I've had to juggle and weigh the silly things people say -- and I've learnt that they're meaningless, and they're mostly inaccurate. So I don't worry about it, because there's nothin' for me to deal with. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

From the beginning, I've had to juggle and weigh the silly things people say -- and I've learnt that they're meaningless, and they're mostly inaccurate. So I don't worry about it, because there's nothin' for me to deal with.


Quote: We have the potential to help people out of poverty, out of disease, out of slavery and out of conflict. Too often, we turn the other way because we think there's nothing we can do. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

We have the potential to help people out of poverty, out of disease, out of slavery and out of conflict. Too often, we turn the other way because we think there's nothing we can do.


Quote: When I'm on stage, my interaction with the audience is something that really makes me come alive. It's a feeling like no other. The energy of the crowd fuels something new inside. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

When I'm on stage, my interaction with the audience is something that really makes me come alive. It's a feeling like no other. The energy of the crowd fuels something new inside.


Quote: I'm the cofounder of Keep a Child Alive. We provide medicine for families affected by HIV and AIDS in places like Africa and India. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm the cofounder of Keep a Child Alive. We provide medicine for families affected by HIV and AIDS in places like Africa and India.


Quote: I've always been very private, maybe because I discovered my mother, who is a wonderful lady, is very emotional. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've always been very private, maybe because I discovered my mother, who is a wonderful lady, is very emotional.


Quote: I don't think even when you find a person, you can be completely honest, ever. There's still pieces of you that you don't give away. I do believe you always need that place where it's just you, your thoughts, no one else's judgment or anything. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I don't think even when you find a person, you can be completely honest, ever. There's still pieces of you that you don't give away. I do believe you always need that place where it's just you, your thoughts, no one else's judgment or anything.


Quote: I think I grew up really fast; I grew up in this really fast-paced business, and I never understood what it meant to take a break or take time off or recover, and I paid for it. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I think I grew up really fast; I grew up in this really fast-paced business, and I never understood what it meant to take a break or take time off or recover, and I paid for it.


Quote: I've always valued the input of the people I love. So in the past, whenever I'd make a decision -- what to wear to an event, whether to pursue a job opportunity -- I'd consult those closest to me, like my mother, husband, or manager. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've always valued the input of the people I love. So in the past, whenever I'd make a decision -- what to wear to an event, whether to pursue a job opportunity -- I'd consult those closest to me, like my mother, husband, or manager.


Quote: I think you are who you are, and your kids will see who you are. So you'd better be a good person, because they are going to see it, and that's going to shape them. They are going to become you. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I think you are who you are, and your kids will see who you are. So you'd better be a good person, because they are going to see it, and that's going to shape them. They are going to become you.


Quote: When I first started getting into the business, a young woman in a music game that was mostly men, I did feel inadequate. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

When I first started getting into the business, a young woman in a music game that was mostly men, I did feel inadequate.


Quote: I believe in the limitlessness of humans. We're capable of incredible things. At times, that realization is frightening. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I believe in the limitlessness of humans. We're capable of incredible things. At times, that realization is frightening.


Quote: I really appreciate Frank Ocean's lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it's still lyrical. It's almost poetic, in a way, but it's very personal at the same time. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I really appreciate Frank Ocean's lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it's still lyrical. It's almost poetic, in a way, but it's very personal at the same time.


Quote: But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play.


Quote: The element of fire to me is very powerful because of what it symbolizes, how it symbolizes a strength. It symbolizes something that's unstoppable. You can't get through it, you know. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

The element of fire to me is very powerful because of what it symbolizes, how it symbolizes a strength. It symbolizes something that's unstoppable. You can't get through it, you know.


Quote: I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.


Quote: My mom always said, 'Don't date a guy who thinks he's prettier than you.' by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

My mom always said, 'Don't date a guy who thinks he's prettier than you.'


Quote: Once people see this 'Unplugged,' I just want them to feel the spontaneity, to feel passionate... I want you to see another side of me, that's free, and feel where my head is, where whatever happens, happens. I want you to feel inspired. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Once people see this 'Unplugged,' I just want them to feel the spontaneity, to feel passionate... I want you to see another side of me, that's free, and feel where my head is, where whatever happens, happens. I want you to feel inspired.


Quote: Failure isn't an option. I've erased the word 'fear' from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can't fail. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Failure isn't an option. I've erased the word 'fear' from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can't fail.


Quote: I'd rather believe in my own choice and see it all go wrong than do something I'm not fully convinced of and later feel guilty about it. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'd rather believe in my own choice and see it all go wrong than do something I'm not fully convinced of and later feel guilty about it.


Quote: Maturity and experience are part of my liberation. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Maturity and experience are part of my liberation.


Quote: I've learned that while I'd be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've learned that while I'd be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say.


Quote: I fell in love with the piano. I knew it was me. I was dying to play. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I fell in love with the piano. I knew it was me. I was dying to play.


Quote: I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I'm discovering who I am. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I'm discovering who I am.


Quote: I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That's just not what my life is. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That's just not what my life is.


Quote: I'm not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I'm thick. I like my body. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I'm thick. I like my body.


Quote: I've stepped more into my womanhood, I'm a mother now, I'm having a beautiful relationship as a wife and as a friend. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've stepped more into my womanhood, I'm a mother now, I'm having a beautiful relationship as a wife and as a friend.


Quote: Adam Levine and I remade the Rolling Stones' classic Wild Horses, and it is right up my alley, that whole style. It has a style of its own but still stays very true to the classic arrangement, and I love it. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Adam Levine and I remade the Rolling Stones' classic Wild Horses, and it is right up my alley, that whole style. It has a style of its own but still stays very true to the classic arrangement, and I love it.


Quote: When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice -- you have to put in six. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice -- you have to put in six.


Quote: Stevie Wonder's records introduced me to '70s soul when I was 12 or 13. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

Stevie Wonder's records introduced me to '70s soul when I was 12 or 13.


Quote: I've always been strong-minded, but I wonder. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I've always been strong-minded, but I wonder.


Quote: I'm a very caring person. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I'm a very caring person.


Quote: I would hate to make music and people love me for something that isn't me. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I would hate to make music and people love me for something that isn't me.


Quote: I really like to live my life in a low-key fashion. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I really like to live my life in a low-key fashion.


Quote: I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to listening to 'New Kids on the Block.' by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to listening to 'New Kids on the Block.'


Quote: I love the written word so much, I know it's gonna flow naturally. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

I love the written word so much, I know it's gonna flow naturally.


Quote: And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.


Quote: A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.


Quote: You've got to love what's yours. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

You've got to love what's yours.


Quote: The last thing I want is to walk into my house after a long day and see all the Grammys and awards. It would make me feel weird. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

The last thing I want is to walk into my house after a long day and see all the Grammys and awards. It would make me feel weird.


Quote: We are all one. We're not as separate as we oftentimes think. by author Alicia Keys overlaid on photo of photo of author Alicia Keys with quote

We are all one. We're not as separate as we oftentimes think.


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