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A collection of quotes by Martha Graham on music, books, dance, practice, health, love, faith, God, belief, and learning.

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

Famous As: Modern dancer and choreographer
Born On: May 11, 1894
Died On: April 1, 1991
Born In: Allegheny County
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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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The only sin is mediocrity.

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

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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.

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The unique must be fulfilled.

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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.

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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.

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

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Dancers are the messengers of the gods.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Misery is a communicable disease.

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Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Dancing is very like poetry.

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

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The body never lies." Martha Graham

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