"Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Alvin Ailey on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Alvin Ailey on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Alvin Ailey on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Alvin Ailey on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Alvin Ailey on Ray Charles
"My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man."
"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."