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Quotations About / On: DANCE

  • 1.
    Interpreting the dance: young women in white dancing in a ring can only be virgins; old women in black dancing in a ring can only be witches; but middle-aged women in colors, square dancing...?
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 2.
    Dance is bigger than the physical body. ...When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that; you're dancing spirit.
    (Judith Jamison (b. 1943), U.S. dancer. Dancing Spirit, ch. 21 (1993).)
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  • 3.
    There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don't dance at all.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 55, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
    More quotations from: José Bergamín, dance
  • 4.
    Yes, dance. Dance and dream. Dream that you're Mrs. Henry Jekyll of Harley Street, dancing with your own butler and six footmen. Dream that they've all turned into white mice and crawled into an eternal pumpkin.
    (John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dr. Henry Jekyll (Spencer Tracy), "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"., Taunting the barmaid Ivy Peterson as he kills her. (1941). Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.)
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  • 5.
    I would only believe in a god who knew how to dance.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 49, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On Reading and Writing," (1883).)
  • 6.
    I've always felt that complement of opposites: body and soul, solitude and companionship, and in the dance studio, contraction and release, rise and fall.
    (Judith Jamison (b. 1943), African American dancer. Dancing Spirit, ch. 1 (1993).)
    More quotations from: Judith Jamison, solitude, dance
  • 7.
    People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them.
    (Judith Jamison (b. 1944), U.S. dancer. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 14 (September 1975).)
  • 8.
    Caring for children is a dance between setting appropriate limits as caretakers and avoiding unnecessary power struggles that result in unhappiness.
    (Charlotte Davis Kasl (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Finding Joy, no. 70 (1994).)
  • 9.
    Pride sings and dances; humility sighs.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 10.
    Once you are dancing with the devil, the prettiest capers won't help you.
    (E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. "Princess Brambilla," Three Märchen of Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, p. 122, ed. and trans. by Charles E. Passage, University of South Carolina Press (1971). Hoffmann, as narrator, about his central figure, the vain tragedian Giglio Fava, as prisoner of love's devilishly seductive power.)
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