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Alvin Ailey Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alvin Ailey.

We still spend more time chasing funds than we do in
the studio in creative work.
- Alvin Ailey

I always want more.
- Alvin Ailey

I always want to have more dancers in my company.
- Alvin Ailey

In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.
- Alvin Ailey

 

Nothing personal; I just don't have people over.
- Alvin Ailey

I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head.
- Alvin Ailey

Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there's no reason to.
- Alvin Ailey

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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No matter what you write or choreograph,
you feel it's not enough.
- Alvin Ailey

Lena Horne is the sweetest and most adorable woman in the world.
- Alvin Ailey

My feelings about myself have been terrible.
- Alvin Ailey

Money is a never-ending problem.
- Alvin Ailey

One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.
- Alvin Ailey

My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle,
terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.
- Alvin Ailey

Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve,
you're not quite up to snuff.
- Alvin Ailey

It will take very sophisticated marketing to achieve
our aim of bringing more black people into the theater.
- Alvin Ailey

If you live in the elite world of dance,
you find yourself in a world rife with racism.
Let's face it.
- Alvin Ailey

Dance is for everybody.
I believe that the dance came from the people and that
it should always be delivered back to the people.
- Alvin Ailey

Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure
in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.
- Alvin Ailey

The creative process is not controlled by a switch
you can simply turn on or off;
it's with you all the time.
- Alvin Ailey

One of the processes of your life is to constantly
break down that inferiority,
to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody.
- Alvin Ailey

I am trying to show the world that we are all human
beings and that color is not important.
What is important is the quality of our work.
- Alvin Ailey

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow
and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

As your spirit soars throughout
the vast Cathedral of Your Being,
look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Today Is More Joyful Than Yesterday,
And Tomorrow Will Be More Joyful Still.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
- Jimmy Carter

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who controls others may be powerful,
but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
- Lao Tzu

The human voice can never reach the distance
that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool
and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do what you love.
Know your own bone;
gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it,
and gnaw it still.
- Henry David Thoreau

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful:
he makes saints out of sinners.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations.
For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

Relax. Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Release your burdens - your fears, regrets,
guilts, shames, embarrassments, angers.
One by one, pick up each memory or fear that troubles you,
hold it close, and release it to the Universe.
Release each incident from your past that still bothers you.
Release each fear - your fears about your health,
your family, your job, and every other fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

Be still and know who you are.
- Kirtana

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice -
but when you don't follow it,
they still respect and love you.
- Doris Wild Helmering

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

Your friend is the man who knows all about you,
and still likes you.
- Elbert Hubbard

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent
of what nature has revealed to us.
- Albert Einstein

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any girl can be glamorous.
All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
- Hedy Lamarr

Repressed anger still is anger, it just isn't expressed.
If you truly have no anger, you are blessed and joyful.
If you have repressed anger, know that you have anger,
you just haven't expressed that anger.
Go ahead, express your anger briefly,
pound pillows, scream, curse.
Then take a deep breath, and get over it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Anonymous


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