Martha Graham Quotes (19 quotations)

1. Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

2. Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. - Martha Graham

3. First we have to believe, and then we believe. - Martha Graham

4. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. - Martha Graham

5. I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. - Martha Graham

6. If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement. - Martha Graham

7. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. - Martha Graham

8. Nothing is more revealing than movement. - Martha Graham

9. 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

10. Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. - Martha Graham

11. The body is a sacred garment. - Martha Graham

12. The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted. - Martha Graham

13. The body says what words cannot. - Martha Graham

14. 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 and will be lost. - Martha Graham

15. Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle. - Martha Graham

16. To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that. - Martha Graham

17. 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

18. You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. - Martha Graham

19. You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out. - Martha Graham

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