"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."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Steve Lacy on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Steve Lacy on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Steve Lacy on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Steve Lacy on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Steve Lacy on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"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."
"I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed."
"You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good."