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Alicia Keys Quotes

Alicia Augello Cook

Alicia Keys quotes: on self-love, defining ‘rich,’ three things to let go of, and more.

“Create the world you want, and fill it with the opportunities that matter to you.”

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

“You’ve got to love what’s yours.”

“How far you go depends on what you want for yourself, how much you’re willing to leave on the floor, and how much you wanna face the fears you have inside of you.  It’s everything we’re all dealing with every day.”

“Why give up before we try?”

“When you’re talented, you’re talented.”

“Risk the fall to know how it feels to fly.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Don’t compromise – cooperate!  It suddenly made sense: I can listen to people, welcome them into my world, and respect what they have to say.  But that doesn’t mean I have to compromise what feels right to me.”

“There’s something really powerful that happens when you start to listen to yourself.  It makes you feel more aware.  That’s taken a little minute to arrive at that place.  But there’s definitely something powerful about the way your ‘inner’ feels that reflects on the outer, on your skin.  That, to me, is real beauty.”

“It’s when we become afraid of everything and worried about everything that you are never going to reach your highest potential.”

“Sometimes you need to start again in order to fly.”

“We’re all going to change.  Otherwise, it’s boring.  Who wants to stay the damn same all their life?”

“One thing I appreciate hearing from people who have known me for years, is when they tell me, ‘Alicia, you’re still the same.’  Of course I’m not, I’m a woman now and much wiser and I have more understanding of my life, music and art, but I am still the same spirit.  Fearlessness and becoming more comfortable in my own skin and caring less about what I would say or do, was always at the core of my original work – now with all the life I’ve lived and all the things I’ve learned, I am still the very same.”

“I always feel confident in my ability to explore my vulnerability and to do something that I’ve previously never done in hopes that it was going to take me somewhere.  As opposed to being too controlled and forced to make it something that it’s not.”

“I think there’s an energy about just remaining excited.  Like, you can’t be excited when you’re not doing something new.”

“You have to identify what you care about and why you care about it.  It has to be personal.  It has to be something that fires you up or means something to you, or it’s not going to drive you.”

“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.”

“Business can change you, and chew you up, and spit you out, and be rid of you, and on to the next thing.  That’s why it’s so important to know who you are and stand up for something.”

“I have solid, decent people around me, and I believe that is all it is, because you will get destroyed if you have people bringing you down.”

“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.”

“Sometimes you just have to do what’s best for you.”

“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.”

“The more you know, the stronger you become, the closer you feel to yourself, and the farther you can go.”

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

“All of us are different.  That’s what makes us interesting and special.  I don’t want to be anything like another person.  I want to be totally myself and go against the grain, forge my own path.  I’ve learned that being different is what makes you stand out.  It makes everything so much more intriguing.”

“I’m learning to try and let go of the word ‘perfection.’  It’s not real and it’s a word that tears us down.  There is no way to be perfect and no fun in being perfect.  You can’t be happy unless you let yourself be vulnerable and make mistakes because we’re always evolving.  No one knows it all and I damn sure don’t know it all!  I force myself to look in the mirror and own who I am and to own my beautiful.  So what that I have breakouts or so what that my knees are pudgy, there simply is no perfect.  Once I can teach myself that there is no perfect and that I am meant to have my faults, that is when I become beautiful.”

“You can’t really compare people.  That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned, because comparing yourself to someone else really stops you from being who you are.”

“No one will take care of you if you don’t take care of yourself.”

“I believe that you have to feel good about yourself if you want to be successful in life.”

“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.”

“I’ve been able to find a lot of what I’ve not had before: freedom, bravery, fearlessness.  It’s empowering to find those things.”

“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.”

“Writing in my journal keeps me focused on my spirit and what I need or feel.”

“When I’m writing, I feel uninterrupted.  I write what I’m going through and how I see it.”

“For me, doing a show, the excitement of singing live, and the possibility that you’re not gonna be perfect – that’s the thrill of it.”

“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.”

“I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I’m discovering who I am.”

“Love is accepting people for who they are and what they are, regardless.”

“My life is rich because I have those kinds of people in my life.”

“It took a long, long road to get here.  It took a brave, brave girl to try.”

“A girl on fire… is somebody who is completely herself.”

“I want to continue to produce film, television, and theater, and to make the most amazing music that I’ve made in my life.”

“Passionate about my work, in love with my family, and dedicated to spreading light – it’s contagious!”

“There was no other path for me.  I knew this was my path.  I had to follow it.”

“I’d like to dedicate this to just thinking outside the box and not being afraid of who you are no matter what you do.”

“You know, this happened yesterday and I’m not sure if I liked how that felt so much.  Maybe tomorrow I’m gonna try something different.  That’s the cool thing about life: we get to keep exploring and figuring it out.”

“Everything’s gonna be all right.”

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