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Martha Graham
May 11, 1894 - April 1, 1991
Nationality: American
Category: Dancer
Subcategory: American Dancer

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.


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


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


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.


The body never lies.


'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.


Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.


The only sin is mediocrity.


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


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.


The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.


Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.


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.


Learn by practice.


Censorship is the height of vanity.


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.


First we have to believe, and then we believe.


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


The body says what words cannot.


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.


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