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99 Insightful Quotes about Dance by Famous Dancer/Choreographer Martha Graham

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Wikipedia Summary for Martha Graham

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her style, the Graham technique, reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.

Graham danced and taught for over seventy years. She was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown.

She said, in the 1994 documentary The Dancer Revealed: "I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable."

Founded in 1926 (the same year as Graham's professional dance company), the Martha Graham School is the oldest school of dance in the United States. First located in a small studio within Carnegie Hall the school currently has two different studios in New York City.

Quote: The body is a sacred garment. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The body is a sacred garment.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.


Quote: Learn by practice. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Learn by practice.


Quote: Age is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Age is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.


Quote: There is only one you in all time. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

There is only one you in all time.


Quote: The past is not dead; it is not even past. People live on inner time; the moment in which a decisive thought or feeling takes place can be at any time. Timeless feelings are common to all of us. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The past is not dead; it is not even past. People live on inner time; the moment in which a decisive thought or feeling takes place can be at any time. Timeless feelings are common to all of us.


Quote: The body never lies. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The body never lies.


Quote: Dance is the hidden language of the soul. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.


Quote: We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.


Quote: Some of you are doomed to be artists. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Some of you are doomed to be artists.


Quote: The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual -- as we think so will we act. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual -- as we think so will we act.


Quote: One can always lament, you know -- but to laugh in the face of life, that's very hard. And for me the great tragedian should also be a great comedian. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

One can always lament, you know -- but to laugh in the face of life, that's very hard. And for me the great tragedian should also be a great comedian.


Quote: Discipline is liberation. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Discipline is liberation.




Quote: A dancer must listen to his body and pay homage to it. Behind the movement lies this terrible, driving passion, this necessity. I won't settle for anything less. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

A dancer must listen to his body and pay homage to it. Behind the movement lies this terrible, driving passion, this necessity. I won't settle for anything less.


Quote: The unique must be fulfilled. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The unique must be fulfilled.


Quote: I don't think in art there is ever a precedent; each moment is a new one and terrifying and threatening and bursting with hope. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I don't think in art there is ever a precedent; each moment is a new one and terrifying and threatening and bursting with hope.


Quote: There is a force, a quickness that is translated through you into action. If you block it, the world will not have it. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

There is a force, a quickness that is translated through you into action. If you block it, the world will not have it.


Quote: Repetition not for monotony but the ecstasy it induces. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Repetition not for monotony but the ecstasy it induces.


Quote: I never set out to create a technique. I started out on the floor to find myself, to find what the body could do, and what would give me satisfaction -- emotionally, dramatically and bodily. But I did not ever dream of establishing a technique. I still can't believe anything like that happened. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of Martha Graham quote: I never set out to create a technique. I started out on the floor to find myself, to find what the body could do, and what would give me satisfaction -- emotionally, dramatically and bodily. But I did not ever dream of establishing a technique. I still can't believe anything like that happened.- black text on quotes background

I never set out to create a technique. I started out on the floor to find myself, to find what the body could do, and what would give me satisfaction -- emotionally, dramatically and bodily. But I did not ever dream of establishing a technique. I still can't believe anything like that happened.


Quote: The reason dance has held such an ageless magic for the world is that it has been the symbol of the performance of living. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The reason dance has held such an ageless magic for the world is that it has been the symbol of the performance of living.


Quote: When you start with an idea, or something hits you, then you have to follow that through to the end, and it's the following through to the end that makes the pattern. That, for me, is choreography. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

When you start with an idea, or something hits you, then you have to follow that through to the end, and it's the following through to the end that makes the pattern. That, for me, is choreography.


Quote: You give all your life to doing this one thing. It sounds grim, it sounds frightening -- it isn't -- it has a great gaiety at times and a great wonder. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

You give all your life to doing this one thing. It sounds grim, it sounds frightening -- it isn't -- it has a great gaiety at times and a great wonder.


Quote: Our arms start from the back because they were once wings. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Our arms start from the back because they were once wings.


Quote: If you feel depressed you shouldn't go out on the street because it will show on your face and you'll give it to others. Misery is a communicable disease. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

If you feel depressed you shouldn't go out on the street because it will show on your face and you'll give it to others. Misery is a communicable disease.


Quote: You will only get out of a dance class what you bring to it. Learn by practice. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

You will only get out of a dance class what you bring to it. Learn by practice.


Quote: I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.


Quote: I get up, I fall down, all the while I am dancing. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I get up, I fall down, all the while I am dancing.


Quote: I use the words gods and goddesses principally, I think, to mean beautiful bodies -- bodies that are absolute instruments. And I believe in discipline, I believe in a very definite technique. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I use the words gods and goddesses principally, I think, to mean beautiful bodies -- bodies that are absolute instruments. And I believe in discipline, I believe in a very definite technique.


Quote: If I can't dance, I don't care if my dances are ever done again! by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

If I can't dance, I don't care if my dances are ever done again!


Quote: Wherever a dancer stands is holy ground. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Wherever a dancer stands is holy ground.


Quote: Dancers today can do anything; the technique is phenomenal. The passion and the meaning to their movement can be another thing. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dancers today can do anything; the technique is phenomenal. The passion and the meaning to their movement can be another thing.


Quote: I'd rather an audience like me than dislike me, but I'd rather they disliked me than be apathetic, because that is the kiss of death. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I'd rather an audience like me than dislike me, but I'd rather they disliked me than be apathetic, because that is the kiss of death.




Quote: I am absorbed in the magic of movement and light. Movement never lies. It is the magic of what I call the outer space of the imagination. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I am absorbed in the magic of movement and light. Movement never lies. It is the magic of what I call the outer space of the imagination.


Quote: I am certain that movement never lies. There is only one law of posture I have been able to discover -- the perpendicular line connecting heaven and earth. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I am certain that movement never lies. There is only one law of posture I have been able to discover -- the perpendicular line connecting heaven and earth.


Quote: Freedom to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for -- liberation. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Freedom to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for -- liberation.


Quote: Theater used to be a verb; it used to be an act. But nowadays it is just a noun. It is a place. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Theater used to be a verb; it used to be an act. But nowadays it is just a noun. It is a place.


Quote: There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep.


Quote: I never thought of myself as being a genius. I don't know what genius is. I think a far better expression is a retriever, a lovely strong golden retriever that brings things back from the past, or retrieves things from our common blood memory. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I never thought of myself as being a genius. I don't know what genius is. I think a far better expression is a retriever, a lovely strong golden retriever that brings things back from the past, or retrieves things from our common blood memory.


Quote: In the end, it all comes down to the art of breathing. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

In the end, it all comes down to the art of breathing.


Quote: I'm asked so often whether I believe in life after death. I do believe in the sanctity of life, the continuity of life and of energy. I know the anonymity of death has no appeal for me. It is the now that I must face and want to face. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I'm asked so often whether I believe in life after death. I do believe in the sanctity of life, the continuity of life and of energy. I know the anonymity of death has no appeal for me. It is the now that I must face and want to face.


Quote: In 1980, a well-meaning fundraiser came to see me and said, Miss Graham, the most powerful thing you have going for you to raise money is your respectability. I wanted to spit. Respectable! Show me any artist who wants to be respectable. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

In 1980, a well-meaning fundraiser came to see me and said, Miss Graham, the most powerful thing you have going for you to raise money is your respectability. I wanted to spit. Respectable! Show me any artist who wants to be respectable.


Quote: It's what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun, the joy of dance. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

It's what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun, the joy of dance.


Quote: All things I do are in every woman. Every woman is Medea. Every woman is Jocasta. There comes a time when a woman is a mother to her husband. Clytemnestra is every woman when she kills. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

All things I do are in every woman. Every woman is Medea. Every woman is Jocasta. There comes a time when a woman is a mother to her husband. Clytemnestra is every woman when she kills.


Quote: I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do.


Quote: I believe one thing: that today is yesterday and tomorrow is today and you can't stop. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I believe one thing: that today is yesterday and tomorrow is today and you can't stop.


Quote: Modern dance isn't anything except one thing in my mind: the freedom of women in America. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Modern dance isn't anything except one thing in my mind: the freedom of women in America.


Quote: Looking at the past is like lolling in a rocking chair. It is so relaxing and you can rock back and forth on the porch, and never go forward. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Looking at the past is like lolling in a rocking chair. It is so relaxing and you can rock back and forth on the porch, and never go forward.


Quote: Sometimes it's blood memory... not the blood your mother and father gave you... but that which stretches back two or three thousand years. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Sometimes it's blood memory... not the blood your mother and father gave you... but that which stretches back two or three thousand years.




Quote: You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.


Quote: It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.


Quote: No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.


Quote: There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.


Quote: I believe that we learn by practice... it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which come shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I believe that we learn by practice... it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which come shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit.


Quote: Nobody cares if you can't dance well. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Nobody cares if you can't dance well.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.


Quote: In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength.


Quote: It takes ten years, usually, to make a dancer. It takes ten years of handling the instrument, handling the material with which you are dealing, for you to know it completely. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

It takes ten years, usually, to make a dancer. It takes ten years of handling the instrument, handling the material with which you are dealing, for you to know it completely.


Quote: The spine is the tree of life. Respect it. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The spine is the tree of life. Respect it.


Quote: Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully and with inevitability. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully and with inevitability.


Quote: I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man -- the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man -- the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.


Quote: People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life.


Quote: Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths.


Quote: Dancers are the messengers of the gods. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dancers are the messengers of the gods.


Quote: Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery -- what it all means, the way the little bone near the ankle relates itself to the floor for a perfect stance, a perfect plie. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery -- what it all means, the way the little bone near the ankle relates itself to the floor for a perfect stance, a perfect plie.


Quote: Dancing is a very living art. It is essentially of the moment, although a very old art. A dancer's art is lived while he is dancing. Nothing is left of his art except the pictures and the memories -- when his dancing days are over. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dancing is a very living art. It is essentially of the moment, although a very old art. A dancer's art is lived while he is dancing. Nothing is left of his art except the pictures and the memories -- when his dancing days are over.


Quote: Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.


Quote: All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.


Quote: Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.


Quote: The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head; look at the way the hairline grows; think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head; look at the way the hairline grows; think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle.


Quote: Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.


Quote: At the time I started in ballet they were dancing 'The Spirit of Champagne' on pointe, in Paris. I thought, 'I don't want to dance the spirit of champagne, I want to drink it! by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

At the time I started in ballet they were dancing 'The Spirit of Champagne' on pointe, in Paris. I thought, 'I don't want to dance the spirit of champagne, I want to drink it!


Quote: It takes at least five years of rigorous training to be spontaneous. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

It takes at least five years of rigorous training to be spontaneous.


Quote: What I do must be done in the sunlight of awareness. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

What I do must be done in the sunlight of awareness.


Quote: You have no right to go before a public without an adequate technique, just because you feel. Anything feels -- a leaf feels, a storm feels -- what right have you to do that? You have to have speech, and it's a cultivated speech. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

You have no right to go before a public without an adequate technique, just because you feel. Anything feels -- a leaf feels, a storm feels -- what right have you to do that? You have to have speech, and it's a cultivated speech.


Quote: What people in the world think of you is really none of your business. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.


Quote: The main thing, of course, always, is the fact that there is only one of you in the world, just one, and if that is not fulfilled then something has been lost. Ambition is not enough; necessity is everything. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The main thing, of course, always, is the fact that there is only one of you in the world, just one, and if that is not fulfilled then something has been lost. Ambition is not enough; necessity is everything.


Quote: My dancing is not an attempt to interpret life in the literary sense. It is an affirmation of life through movement. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

My dancing is not an attempt to interpret life in the literary sense. It is an affirmation of life through movement.




Quote: Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.


Quote: To me, a building -- if it's beautiful -- is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

To me, a building -- if it's beautiful -- is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that.


Quote: Misery is a communicable disease. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Misery is a communicable disease.


Quote: Censorship is the height of vanity. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Censorship is the height of vanity.


Quote: The only sin is mediocrity. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The only sin is mediocrity.


Quote: 'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.


Quote: Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.


Quote: Nothing is more revealing than movement. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Nothing is more revealing than movement.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nothing is more revealing than movement. The body says what words cannot.


Quote: Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.


Quote: No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.


Quote: The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body. I don't leap and jump anymore. I look at young dancers, and I am envious, more aware of what glories the body contains. But sensitivity is not made dull by age.


Quote: The body says what words cannot. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

The body says what words cannot.


Quote: Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.


Quote: You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.


Quote: We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.


Quote: Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.


Quote: First we have to believe, and then we believe. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

First we have to believe, and then we believe.


Quote: Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart. The instrument through which the dance speaks is also the instrument through which life is lived ... the human body.


Quote: I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of Martha Graham quote; white text on black background

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being.


Quote: Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. by author Martha Graham overlaid on photo of photo of author Martha Graham with quote

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.


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