Martha Graham Quotes

35 Martha Graham quotes:

"The body says what words cannot."
"Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart."
"Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place."
"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 is a sacred garment."
"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."
"America does not concern itself now with Impressionism. We own no involved philosophy. The psyche of the land is to be found in its movement. It is to be felt as a dramatic force of energy and vitality. We move; we do not stand still. We have not yet arrived at the stock-taking stage."
Author: Graham Quotes Category: America Quotes
"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance."
"First we have to believe, and then we believe."
"The body never lies"
Author: Graham Quotes Category: Body Quotes
"the instrument by which the dance expresses itself is also the instrument by which life is lived: the human body."
Author: Graham Quotes Category: Body Quotes
"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can."
"Who has not found the Heaven below / Will fail of it above ... His eagerness, his voracity, a blood memory, in the sense that he can extract more from his life than what he has really lived. He must have a will to explore unknown feelings and dare to feel them. This may seem terrifying, but it has to be done because there is no other option."
Author: Graham Quotes Category: Heaven Quotes
"Those who enter to buy, support me. Those who come to flatter, please me. Those who complain, teach me how I may please others so that more will come. Only those hurt me who are displeased but do not complain."
Author: Graham Quotes Category: Support Quotes
"You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out."
Author: Graham Quotes Category: Women Quotes

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