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116 Inspiring Quotes by Alicia Keys

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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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.

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. Gangsta rap didnt exist.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys




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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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You've got to love what's yours.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys


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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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You're stronger, and you're better, and you're

ready for whatever.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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I'm a very caring person.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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All women are NATURALLY, bad ass!

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys


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Quiet moments recharge me.

--Alicia Keys

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Simplicity makes me happy.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys

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I love my legs.

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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Soul music is timeless.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys


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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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Maturity and experience are part of my liberation.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys


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Love me like you'll never see me again.

--Alicia Keys

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I was just talking to Bono the other day, and he was like, "Are you doing shows?" I've just been off the road for a month-and-a-half, and he was like, "You lucky girl.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys


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

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys

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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.

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys


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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.

--Alicia Keys

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

--Alicia Keys

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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.

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