"I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed."
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."Steve Lacy on Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."Steve Lacy on Anais Nin
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."Steve Lacy on Albert Einstein
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."Steve Lacy on e. e. cummings
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."Steve Lacy on Abraham Lincoln
"You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others."
"I've performed solo for 20 years now, but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone, you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music."
"Nobody was playing the soprano saxophone and certainly nobody was trying to do anything with it. So I was all alone. I didn't know that at first."
"I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination."
"You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good."