Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Alvin Ailey

We still spend more time chasing funds than we do in the studio in creative work.
Alvin Ailey
AboutTermsPrivacy
This page contains referral links to Amazon and eBay. If you make a purchase using them, we may earn a commission.
I'm interested in putting something on stage that will have a very wide appeal without being condescending; that will reach an audience and make it part of the dance; that will get everybody in the theater.
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
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
From his roots as a slave, the American Negro - sometimes sorrowing, sometimes jubilant but always hopeful - has touched, illuminated, and influenced the most remote preserves of world civilisation. I and my dance theater celebrate this trembling beauty.
Alvin Ailey
Its roots are in American Negro culture, which is part of the whole country's heritage, but the dance speaks to everyone... Otherwise, it wouldn't work.
Alvin Ailey
Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.
Alvin Ailey
No matter what you write or choreograph, you feel it's not enough.
Alvin Ailey
My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.
Alvin Ailey
Nothing personal; I just don't have people over.
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
I wanted to explore black culture, and I wanted that culture to be a revelation.
Alvin Ailey
I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head.
Alvin Ailey
I feel an obligation to use black dancers because there must be more opportunities for them, but not because I'm a black choreographer talking to black people.
Alvin Ailey
I always want to have more dancers in my company.
Alvin Ailey
Money is a never-ending problem.
Alvin Ailey
In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.
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
We talk too much of black art when we should be talking about art, just art. Black composers must be free to write rondos and fugues, not only protest songs.
Alvin Ailey
I always want more.
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
Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there's no reason to.
Alvin Ailey
My feelings about myself have been terrible.
Alvin Ailey
Lena Horne is the sweetest and most adorable woman in the world.
Alvin Ailey
One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.
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