Quotes about dance and ballet

A collection of quotes on the topic of art, music, dance, dancing.

Best quotes about dance and ballet

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„Always remember. You will live. You will love. You will dance again.“

—  Jennifer Lopez, book True Love

Source: True Love

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„Those who dance appear insane to those who cannot hear the music.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

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„I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, book Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Variant: I would only believe in a god who could dance.
Source: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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„To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.“

—  Jane Austen, book Pride and Prejudice

Source: Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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„You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Life is the dancer and you are the dance.“

—  Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948

A New Earth (2005)
Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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„You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„I wouldn't have been surprised if they had voted me Most Likely To Kill Everyone At A High School Dance.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

As quoted in Howl (1993-07-22).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

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„Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

Source: "The Flaw in Paganism" in Death and Taxes (1931)

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„Everything went like a dance.“

—  Roald Amundsen Norwegian polar researcher, who was the first to reach the South Pole 1872 - 1928

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„Note to self: While on the treadmill you may lip-sync to the songs on your iPod but DO NOT dance along. You look like an idiot.“

—  Chris Colfer actor, singer, book author 1990

Personal Quotes 2009–2012

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„Get on the floor and dance with me,
I love the way you shake your thing especially.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

Get on the Floor (co-written with Louis Johnson)
Off the Wall (1979)

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„Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, book Lullaby

Source: Lullaby (2002), Chapter 3
Context: Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distracted. He's making sure you're fully absorbed. He's making sure your imagination withers. Until it's as useful as your appendix. He's making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it's worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what's in your mind. With everyone's imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.

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„Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.“

—  Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931 - 2019

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„We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

" The Secret Sits http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-secret-sits/" (1942)
1940s

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„I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Collected Poems (1938) New Poems 22
Variant: I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

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„Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

New York Times interview (1985)
Context: To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art. A philosopher has said that dance and architecture were the first arts. I believe that dance was first because it's gesture, it's communication. That doesn't mean it's telling a story, but it means it's communicating a feeling, a sensation to people.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body. And it's partly the language that we don't want to show.

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„I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.“

—  George Balanchine Georgian choreographer, dancer and ballet master (1904-1983) 1904 - 1983

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„Life is water, dancing to the tune of macro molecules.“

—  Albert Szent-Györgyi Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937 1893 - 1986

Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh Views From the Water's Edge, Gerald Pollack, 01/30/2008, University of Washington TV, February 5, 2011 http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=22222,.

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„Dancing in Tijuana when I was 13 — that was my "summer camp." How else do you think I could keep up with Fred Astaire when I was 19?“

—  Rita Hayworth American actress, dancer and director 1918 - 1987

As quoted in New York Times (25 October 1970)

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„Let's dance, let's shout!
Shake your body down to the ground.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (co-written with Randy Jackson)
Destiny (1977)

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„Sex is like a beautiful meeting of genitalia. It's the dance of love between a penis and vagina.“

—  Snoop Dogg American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor 1971

Interview with BASE Magazine (April 2005).

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„You should see me dance the Polka,
You should see me cover the ground,
You should see my coat-tails flying,
As I jump my partner round;
When the band commences playing,
My feet begin to go,
For a rollicking romping Polka
Is the jolliest fun I know.“

—  George Grossmith English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer 1847 - 1912

Song You should see me dance the Polka This song was performed and played a roll in the 1941 movie, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in a scene that took place in an English music hall. The movie starred Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, and Lana Turner; directed by Victor Fleming.

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„In many a situation, the images that words hide while walking forth are the desired meaning of particular words rather than the word itself. Those words sing and dance by coming out of the paper.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

<span class="plainlinks"> Foreword, 'Tales of Transformation: English Translation of Tagore's Chitrangada and Chandalika', Lopamudra Banerjee, (2018). https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DQPD8F4/</span>
From Prose

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„I am not a Hindu,
Nor a Muslim am I!
I am this body, a play
Of five elements; a drama
Of the spirit dancing
With joy and sorrow.“

—  Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518

Azfar Hussain translations

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„I don't try to tell the dancers exactly what a dance means before they do it.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

New York Times interview (1985)
Context: I don't try to tell the dancers exactly what a dance means before they do it. I can correct it and tell them what they have done after they have done it, and what it means to me. But I don't say, "Be fearful here," "Be angry here," because I think that is intrusion.

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„Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

I Am A Dancer (1952)
Context: 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. Then I need all the comfort that practice has stored in my memory, a tenacity of faith.

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„He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive, and he said mine would be drunk; I said I should fall asleep in his, and he said he could not breathe in mine.“

—  Emily Brontë, book Wuthering Heights

Catherine Linton (Ch. XXIV).
Wuthering Heights (1847)
Context: One time, however, we were near quarrelling. He said the pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning till evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, with the bees humming dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly. That was his most perfect idea of heaven's happiness — mine was rocking in a rustling green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds flitting rapidly above; and not only larks, but throstles, and blackbirds, and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every side, and the moors seen at a distance, broken into cool dusky dells; but close by great swells of long grass undulating in waves to the breeze; and woods and sounding water, and the whole world awake and wild with joy. He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive, and he said mine would be drunk; I said I should fall asleep in his, and he said he could not breathe in mine.

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„I don't have time, really, to work out or play a sport. But I love to dance. I like to run in the springtime or in the fall. I like to go outside. I don't like running on a treadmill. I get tired… I just get sick of it. But if I'm outside, I could just run for ages. Or walk, if I need a break.“

—  AnnaSophia Robb American actress, singer, and model 1993

Radio Free Entertainment interview (2007)
Context: I like to climb. I don't love to work out. Actually, I hate to work out. You know, I tell myself, "AnnaSophia, you have to work out. You haven't gotten any exercise in the longest time." You know, I don't have time, really, to work out or play a sport. But I love to dance. I like to run in the springtime or in the fall. I like to go outside. I don't like running on a treadmill. I get tired... I just get sick of it. But if I'm outside, I could just run for ages. Or walk, if I need a break.

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„The brain is waking and with it the mind is returning. It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns.“

—  Charles Scott Sherrington English neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize recipient 1857 - 1952

Man On His Nature (1942), p. 178
Context: In the great head-end which has been mostly darkness springs up myriads of twinkling stationary lights and myriads of trains of moving lights of many different directions. It is as though activity from one of those local places which continued restless in the darkened main-mass suddenly spread far and wide and invaded all. The great topmost sheet of the mass, that where hardly a light had twinkled or moved, becomes now a sparkling field of rhythmic flashing points with trains of traveling sparks hurrying hither and thither. The brain is waking and with it the mind is returning. It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns. Now as the waking body rouses, subpatterns of this great harmony of activity stretch down into the unlit tracks of the stalk-piece of the scheme. Strings of flashing and travelling sparks engage the lengths of it. This means that the body is up and rises to meet its waking day.

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„I never made nude movies. I didn't have to do that. I danced.“

—  Rita Hayworth American actress, dancer and director 1918 - 1987

As quoted in "Rita Remains Striking, Trim, Busy" in The Palm Beach Post (16 October 1969)]
Context: Everybody else does nude scenes, but I don't. I never made nude movies. I didn't have to do that. I danced. … I was provocative, I guess in some things. But I was not completely exposed.

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„If, by the virtue of charity or the circumstance of desperation, you ever chance to spend a little time around a Substance-recovery halfway facility like Enfield MA’s state-funded Ennet House, you will acquire many exotic new facts…That certain persons simply will not like you no matter what you do. That sleeping can be a form of emotional escape and can with sustained effort be abused. That purposeful sleep-deprivation can also be an abusable escape. That you do not have to like a person in order to learn from him/her/it. That loneliness is not a function of solitude. That logical validity is not a guarantee of truth. That it takes effort to pay attention to any one stimulus for more than a few seconds. That boring activities become, perversely, much less boring if you concentrate intently on them. That if enough people in a silent room are drinking coffee it is possible to make out the sound of steam coming off the coffee. That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating intently on anything is very hard work. That 99% of compulsive thinkers’ thinking is about themselves; that 99% of this self-directed thinking consists of imagining and then getting ready for things that are going to happen to them; and then, weirdly, that if they stop to think about it, that 100% of the things they spend 99% of their time and energy imagining and trying to prepare for all the contingencies and consequences of are never good. In short that 99% of the head’s thinking activity consists of trying to scare the everliving shit out of itself. That it is possible to make rather tasty poached eggs in a microwave oven. That some people’s moms never taught them to cover up or turn away when they sneeze. That the people to be the most frightened of are the people who are the most frightened. That it takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak. That no single, individual moment is in and of itself unendurable. That other people can often see things about you that you yourself cannot see, even if those people are stupid. That having a lot of money does not immunize people from suffering or fear. That trying to dance sober is a whole different kettle of fish. That different people have radically different ideas of basic personal hygiene. That, perversely, it is often more fun to want something than to have it. That if you do something nice for somebody in secret, anonymously, without letting the person you did it for know it was you or anybody else know what it was you did or in any way or form trying to get credit for it, it’s almost its own form of intoxicating buzz. That anonymous generosity, too, can be abused. That it is permissible to want. That everybody is identical in their unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. That this isn’t necessarily perverse. That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels.“

—  David Foster Wallace, book Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest (1996)

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„There's a dancing bear in Corus who's almost as shaggy as I am.“

—  Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954

Myles of Olau

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„When you dance with the devil, you don't get to pick the tune.“

—  Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965

Source: Infinity

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„The slave who dances is free… while he is dancing.“

—  Isabel Allende Chilean writer 1942

Source: Island Beneath the Sea

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„I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you: you have still chaos in you.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, book Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Variant: One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Source: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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„Dance until they kill you, and then we'll dance some more.“

—  Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

Source: The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

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„I danced along a colored wind/
Dangled from a rope of sand“

—  Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949

Source: Lyrics of Tom Waits: The Early Years, 1971-1983

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„You will fail and I’ll dance on your grave. (Apollymi)“

—  Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965

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