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32 Popular Quotes By Martha Graham That Will Make You Dance On Air

Famous As: Modern Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her 'Graham Technique' Style
Born On: May 11, 1894
Died On: April 1, 1991
Born In: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Died At Age: 96

Martha Graham was a famous American chorographer and modern dancer. The American dance was reshaped by her style, the ‘Graham technique.’ She danced and trained students for over seven decades. She was the first one to receive the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction,’ the highest civilian award of the country; premier dancer to travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and the foremost to perform at the ‘White House.’ We bring to you a collection of notable quotes by Martha Graham, which has been extracted from her interviews, public utterances, etc. Zoom through for some motivational quotes by Martha Graham that will make you tap your feet.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul

Dance is the hidden language of the soul

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

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.

Martha Graham
What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.

What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.

Martha Graham
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.

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
Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

Martha Graham
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.

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
The only sin is mediocrity.

The only sin is mediocrity.

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

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
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 it will be lost.

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 it will be lost.

Martha Graham
The unique must be fulfilled.

The unique must be fulfilled.

Martha Graham
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissastifaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissastifaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Martha Graham
I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man--the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.

I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man--the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.

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

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

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

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

Martha Graham
Dancers are the messengers of the gods.

Dancers are the messengers of the gods.

Martha Graham
There is a fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration; there are daily small deaths.

There is a fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration; there are daily small deaths.

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

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

Martha Graham
Looking at the past is like lolling in a rocking chair. It is so relaxing and you can rock back and forth on the porch, and never go forward.

Looking at the past is like lolling in a rocking chair. It is so relaxing and you can rock back and forth on the porch, and never go forward.

Martha Graham
Misery is a communicable disease.

Misery is a communicable disease.

Martha Graham
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery

Martha Graham
At the time I started in ballet they were dancing 'The Spirit of Champagne' on pointe, in Paris. I thought, 'I don't want to dance the spirit of champagne, I want to drink it!

At the time I started in ballet they were dancing 'The Spirit of Champagne' on pointe, in Paris. I thought, 'I don't want to dance the spirit of champagne, I want to drink it!

Martha Graham
Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.

Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.

Martha Graham
You can be Eastern or Burmese or what have you, but the function of the body and the awareness of the body results in dance and you become a dancer, not just a human being.

You can be Eastern or Burmese or what have you, but the function of the body and the awareness of the body results in dance and you become a dancer, not just a human being.

Martha Graham
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.

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
Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.

Martha Graham
A dancer isn't great because of their technique...they're great because of their passion.

A dancer isn't great because of their technique...they're great because of their passion.

Martha Graham
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.

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
Don't stand when you can sit; don't sit when you can lie down.

Don't stand when you can sit; don't sit when you can lie down.

Martha Graham
No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.

Martha Graham
The body never lies.

The body never lies." Martha Graham

Martha Graham
Dancing is very like poetry.

Dancing is very like poetry.

Martha Graham
To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art.

To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art.

Martha Graham