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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Isadora Duncan on love, children, dance, motherhood, marriage, women, feminism, performance, experience and hard-work.

26 Notable Quotes By Isadora Duncan That You Should Know

Quick Facts

Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer

Born On: May 27, 1877

Died On: September 14, 1927

Born In: San Francisco

Died At Age: 50

Born, Angela Isadora Duncan was a renowned American dancer and choreographer. She started her career at an early age and used to give dance lessons near her home and neighborhood. She moved to Europe to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. In the times when classic ballet was falling out, Duncan’s dance portrayed independence and self-respect. Most of her dances were choreographed by herself. It did not take much time for success to touch her feet and she became an acclaimed dancer in Europe. She is also knows as the ‘Mother of Modern Dance’. Most of the dance schools in the United States, Germany and Russia were funded by her. She believed that her dance was rooted back to its origins. Apart from a dancer she was also a feminist, a believer of free love and communist and Darwinist. We have excerpted some famous quotes and sayings by the acclaimed dancer from her work, thoughts and life. Take a look at the compilation of quotes and thoughts by Isadora Duncan on passion, feminism, love and life.

You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.

Isadora Duncan

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.

Isadora Duncan

What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.

Isadora Duncan

Most human beings today waste some 25 to 30 years of their lives before they break through the actual and conventional lies which surround them.

Isadora Duncan

It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.

Isadora Duncan

So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.

Isadora Duncan

My motto - sans limites.

Isadora Duncan

Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?

Isadora Duncan

It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.

Isadora Duncan

Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love - to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.

Isadora Duncan

The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.

Isadora Duncan

The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.

Isadora Duncan

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.

Isadora Duncan

So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.

Isadora Duncan

People don't live nowadays: they get about ten percent out of life.

Isadora Duncan

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

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

If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it

Isadora Duncan

The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.

Isadora Duncan

Any woman or man who would write the truth of their lives would write a great work. But no one has dared to write the truth of their lives.

Isadora Duncan

Movements are as eloquent as words.

Isadora Duncan

These people seemed so enwrapped in snobbishness and the glory of being rich that they had no art sense whatever.

Isadora Duncan

I hope that schools have changed since I was a little girl. My memory of the teaching of the public schools is that it showed the brutal incomprehension of children.

Isadora Duncan

Adieu, mes amis. Je vais la gloire. Farewell my friends. I go to glory. Isadora Duncan's last words before her scarf caught in a car wheel, breaking her neck.

Isadora Duncan

I see only the ideal. But no ideals have ever been fully successful on this earth.

Isadora Duncan

La danza l’eterno risorgere del Sole.

Isadora Duncan