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Quotations about Dancing
There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. It has been doing people good for a long time. ~Edwin Denby, "Forms in Motion and in Thought," 1954–1965
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. ~Dave Barry, "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years," Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, davebarry.com
They dance before they learn
there is anything that isn't music.
~William Stafford, "Keepsakes," c.1950s
I could believe only in a God who would know how to dance. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), "Of Reading and Writing," Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None, translated from the German by Alexander Tille, 1896
Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance. ~The Next Karate Kid, 1994, written by Mark Lee [Mr. Miyagi]
There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum (1888–1960)
Hard times require furious dancing. ~Alice Walker
Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy, because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected. ~Sydney J. Harris
The stars are aflare and the moon is white,
And the wind blows over the grass!
Light is my youth and my feet are light,
And swift are the years that pass.
Come, all maidens, and bind your hands
About your heads of gold.
Swiften your feet and trip the sands
Before the world grows old...
Come, while the life of you lifts in the day,
And laughter through you slips.
Supple and sweet is the leaping clay,
From the feet to the fingertips!...
A shadow lurks in the Milky Way,
And behind the moon is Death.
Dance, oh dance, till the night is grey,
And the dew is a shuddering breath!...
~Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893–1972), "Dance of Youth," The Dance of Youth and Other Poems, 1917
She had to dance — she just had to!... The music seemed to move in her body, moving through her. She leaped high and flung out her arms and oh, how she smiled! As she danced, Clara forgot her sorrow. ~Amy Ehrlich, The Girl Who Wanted to Dance, 2009
Dancing begins at the feet and progresses upwards. In some people it stops at the ankles... In others it reaches as far as to the hips... But the dancer who dances to the tips of her fingers and the top of her head: that is the perfect dancer; for dancing being a sort of pulsation of grace in the limbs which dance, the perfect dancer is all grace; and if she has, to boot, a touch of tragic passion in her, it will find instant and vivid expression in her dancing... she is the rarest of rare birds. ~Bernard Shaw, 1890
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
~W. B. Yeats, "Among School Children"
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. ~Author unknown
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters;
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.
~W. H. Auden, "Death's Echo," 1936
"What do you dance?" When a man belonging to one branch of the great Bantu division of mankind met a member of another, said Livingstone, that was the question he asked. What a man danced, that was his tribe, his social customs, his religion; for, as an anthropologist has put it, "a savage does not preach his religion, he dances it." ~Havelock Ellis, "The Art of Dancing," The Dance of Life, 1923
Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health — it rusts your spirit and your hips. ~Terri Guillemets
On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing Hours with flying feet...
~Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, 1812
Shake it 'til the moon becomes the sun... ~Alisha Brooks, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers, and Vada Nobles, "Pon De Replay," 2004, performed by Rihanna ♫
My soul is a dancer—
A dancer under shimmering willows in the sunlight.
The wind draws a bow across his violin.
He plays a scherzo—
Rippling notes on strings of silver.
Play faster, wind!
My feet are more swift than the leaves of the willow—
Amber shadows in the sunlight.
My feet are more swift than the laughter of waters.
Play faster, wind!
~Ellen Margaret Janson, "Scherzo," c.1921
From this point of view we may better understand the immense ardour with which every part of the wonderful human body has been brought into the play of the dance. The men and women of races spread all over the world have shown a marvellous skill and patience in imparting rhythm and measure to the most unlikely, the most rebellious regions of the body, all wrought by desire into potent and dazzling images. ~Havelock Ellis, "The Art of Dancing," The Dance of Life, 1923
...music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... ~Ezra Pound
God's in me when I dance
God, making Spring
Out of his thoughts
And building worlds
Laughing at his own
God's in me
When I dance.
~Mary Carolyn Davies, "Dance," Youth Riding, 1919
He dances like an Angel. ~Joseph Addison
I teach you to know the wonder and the mystery of existence — not to analyse it but to enjoy it, not to make a theory out of it but to make a dance out of it.
The whole existence is dancing, except men. They have become a big graveyard. I am calling you to come out of your graves. ~Osho
Now shall I dance,
Or sit for dreams?
"Sit," answers Joy;
"Dance," Pleasure screams.
~W. H. Davies, "The Best Friend," Bird of Paradise, 1914
If life is good, don't just sit there — dance! If life's not so good — dance even more. ~Terri Guillemets
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and in its music. Bodies never lie. ~Agnes de Mille, 1975
You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. ~Author unknown
I care not a job about the technology of the art of dancing... All that concerns me is how beautifully or how expressively a dancer can dance... ~Bernard Shaw, 1890
Danced as light as a wave-caught moon... ~Edwin Markham, "The Shoes of Happiness," The Shoes of Happiness and Other Poems, 1913
For dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. It is the only art, as Rahel Varnhagen said, of which we ourselves are the stuff. ~Havelock Ellis, "The Art of Dancing," The Dance of Life, 1923
I can dance such steps the very fairies marvel, and the Lady Moon forgets her path across the skyway as she waits to watch. ~Charles Buxton Going, "To-morrow," Folklore and Fairy Plays, 1927
Dancing as an art, we may be sure, cannot die out, but will always be undergoing a rebirth. ~Havelock Ellis, "The Art of Dancing," The Dance of Life, 1923
Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone's toes, pretty much the same as life. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
[T]he magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. ~D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930), Apocalypse
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak. ~Hopi saying
Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty. ~Author unknown
Dancing is the most intimate two people can be in public... It is flirtation, courtship, and promise as well as simple pleasure. ~M. J. Putney, Stolen Magic, 2005
Three little, merry little, piggy-wiggy-wigs,
Danced three jolly little jiggy-jiggy-jigs...
~Margaret Sidney, "The Three Little Pigs," 1882
Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn. ~Terri Guillemets, "Spirit moves," 2007
To dance is to take part in the cosmic control of the world. ~Havelock Ellis, "The Art of Dancing," The Dance of Life, 1923
They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their head. ~Terence
I would like to dance. Not professionally, just when everyone else does. ~Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot, 1997
Dancers are the messengers of the gods. ~Martha Graham (1894–1991)
'Tis well; desire 'em
They would leave out the Words, and fall to Dancing;
The Poetry of the Foot takes most of late.
~John Dryden, The Rival-Ladies, 1664
For, truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen... ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Life is a dance of balance.
Life is creative falling.
Life is half spent getting back up.
Life is learning to dance with a partner —
and learning to dance without a partner,
and letting go enough to dance in the crowd.
Life is a freestyle jig.
Life is a twirl and a bow.
Life is the best dance you've ever danced
and the only chance you'll get, so dance!
~Terri Guillemets, "Sessile," 1989
I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living... In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God. ~Martha Graham, c.1953
Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
And now the Chapel's silver bell you hear,
That summons you to all the Pride of Pray'r:
Light quirks of Music, broken and uneven,
Make the soul dance upon a Jig to Heav'n.
Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's a cha-cha. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Dance does not reconcile body and soul because, for Bakhtin and the spiritual tradition he represents, body and soul are on the same plane in terms of value and never in conflict anyway. ~Susan M. Felch and Paul J. Contino, Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith, 2001
Dance, to be beautiful forever. ~Terri Guillemets, "Glory moves," 2018, blackout poetry created from Danielle Steel, Fairy Tale, 2017, page 93
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