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Alicia Keys, American Musician ( January 25, 1981 - )

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My mom is definitely my rock.~Alicia Keys


Mother's Day Mom Rock

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


I Am Body Curves

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


I Am Stay Focused Want

Things can be really empty in this world, and I don't just mean the music world. It can become a very meaningless place if you don't really understand: 'who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing?' To feel fulfilment and have a deeper level of understanding, personally, that is the most important thing.~Alicia Keys


Music World Important

I don't have a ton of friends, but the friends I have are great ones. I don't have huge family, but the family I have is a great one.~Alicia Keys


Family Great Friends

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


Mother Wife Relationship

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


Reflection People Believe

There's too much darkness in the world. Everywhere you turn, someone is tryin' to tear someone down in some way; everywhere you go, there's a feeling of inadequacy, or a feeling that you're not good enough. I want to bring a certain light to the world.~Alicia Keys


Good Light Darkness

I'm a very positive person, but this whole concept of having to always be nice, always smiling, always happy, that's not real. It was like I was wearing a mask. I was becoming this perfectly chiselled sculpture, and that was bad. That took a long time to understand.~Alicia Keys


Positive Time Happy

Maturity and experience are part of my liberation.~Alicia Keys


Experience Maturity Part

I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That's why I still love to sleep on couches now.~Alicia Keys


Mom Love Sleep

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


Life My Life See

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


Fear Failure You

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


Day Walk Me

You've got to love what's yours.~Alicia Keys


Love You Yours

Simplicity makes me happy.~Alicia Keys


Happy Simplicity Me

Soul music is timeless.~Alicia Keys


Music Soul Timeless

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.~Alicia Keys


Beginning People Me

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


Love Me Play

I'd rather not have anything than be a liar.~Alicia Keys


Liar Rather Anything

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


Wonder Always I Wonder

It's not until I hear songs that I've done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the '60s and '70s has been.~Alicia Keys


Music Realize Done

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


Music Time Day

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.~Alicia Keys


People Me Free

A lot of times I watch TV and I watch film and there's so many things I'd love to talk about that I feel don't get the opportunity to be shown. Sometimes things become very stereotypical and one-sided, and I feel like it's such a colorful world.~Alicia Keys


Love Opportunity World

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


Mom You Said