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Martha Graham Quotes

Martha Graham Quote: “The only sin is mediocrity.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The spine is the tree of life. Respect it.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
Martha Graham Quote: “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.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
Martha Graham Quote: “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.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Discipline is liberation.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”
Martha Graham Quote: “I believe that we learn by practice.”
Martha Graham Quote: “We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.”
Martha Graham Quote: “You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.”
Martha Graham Quote: “No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully and with inevitability.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Wherever a dancer stands is holy ground.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Freedom to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for – liberation.”
Martha Graham Quote: “We are all of us, unique – each a unique pattern of creativity and if we do not fulfill it, it is lost for all time.”
Martha Graham Quote: “What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.”
Martha Graham Quote: “What makes a great dancer is not technique. What makes a great dancer is passion.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.”
Martha Graham Quote: “In the end, it all comes down to the art of breathing.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The body says what words cannot.”
Martha Graham Quote: “People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life.”
Martha Graham Quote: “All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The center of the stage is where I am.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Repetition not for monotony but the ecstasy it induces.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted.”
Martha Graham Quote: “It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
Martha Graham Quote: “There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep.”
Martha Graham Quote: “When you start with an idea, or something hits you, then you have to follow that through to the end, and it’s the following through to the end that makes the pattern. That, for me, is choreography.”
Martha Graham Quote: “It’s not my job to look beautiful. It’s my job to look interesting.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Stand up! Keep your backs straight! Remember that this is where the wings grow.”
Martha Graham Quote: “I get up, I fall down, all the while I am dancing.”
Martha Graham Quote: “No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Art is eternal for it reveals the inner landscape which is the soul of man.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.”
Martha Graham Quote: “If you feel depressed you shouldn’t go out on the street because it will show on your face and you’ll give it to others. Misery is a communicable disease.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The body is a sacred garment.”
Martha Graham Quote: “You don’t pick dance. Dance picks you.”
Martha Graham Quote: “I want to make people feel intensely alive. I’d rather have them against me than indifferent.”
Martha Graham Quote: “There is only one you in all time.”
Martha Graham Quote: “The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.”
Martha Graham Quote: “My dancing is not an attempt to interpret life in the literary sense. It is an affirmation of life through movement.”
Martha Graham Quote: “I believe one thing: that today is yesterday and tomorrow is today and you can’t stop.”
Martha Graham Quote: “Pity is a corroding thing.”
Martha Graham Quote: “It takes ten years, usually, to make a dancer. It takes ten years of handling the instrument, handling the material with which you are dealing, for you to know it completely.”
Martha Graham Quote: “I am absorbed in the magic of movement and light. Movement never lies. It is the magic of what I call the outer space of the imagination.”
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