Isadora Duncan


Isadora Duncan Quotes

  • ''We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, introduction (1927).
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  • ''The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, introduction (1927).
  • ''The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 30 (1927).
  • ''Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 11 (1927). On Grand Duke Ferdinand of Hungary.
  • ''It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 30 (1927).
  • ''Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 19 (1927).
  • ''I had learned to have a perfect nausea for the theatre: the continual repetition of the same words and the same gestures, night after night, and the caprices, the way of looking at life, and the entire rigmarole disgusted me.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 5 (1927).
  • ''The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 30 (1927).
  • ''The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 8 (1927).
  • ''Farewell, my friends. I go to glory.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. Quoted in Isadora Duncan's End, ch. 25, Mary Desti (1929). Duncan was accidentally strangled when her long scarf caught in the wheel of her car; her parting words were spoken in French.

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