Favorite Quotations Martha Graham, 2 Dancing Passion

"Misery is a communicable disease." ~ Martha Graham

hope and invention

Movement never lies. It is the barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather.

My childhood years were a balance of dark and light.

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that others are behind the time.

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.

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

Whatever one dances, one is.

The body is a sacred garment.

The body says what words cannot.

The gesture is the ting truly expressive of the individual—as we think so will we act.

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

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

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 time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium.

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