The wind? I am the wind. The sea and the moon? I am the sea and the moon. Tears, pain, love, bird-flights? I am all of them. I dance what I am. Sin, prayer, flight, the light that never was on land or sea? I dance what I am.— Isadora Duncan
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If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it
Dancing: The Highest Intelligence in the Freest Body.
You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you.
The Dance - it is the rhythm of all that dies in order to live again;
it is the eternal rising of the sun.
My motto - sans limites.
Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child.
A dancer, if she is great, can give to the people something that they can carry with them forever. They can never forget it, and it has changed them, though they may never know it.
If I could say it, I would not have to dance it.
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.
I wonder how many parents realize that by the so-called education they are giving their children, they are only driving them into the commonplace, and depriving them of any chance of doing anything beautiful or original.
To awaken human emotion is the highest level of art.
I was born by the sea, and I have noticed that all the great events of my life have taken place by the sea. My first idea of movement, of the dance, certainly came from the rhythm of the waves.
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.
The butcher with his bloody apron incites bloodshed, murder.
Why not? From cutting the throat of a young calf to cutting the throats of our brothers and sisters is but a step. While we ourselves are living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal conditions on the earth?
The artist is the only lover; he alone has the pure vision of beauty, and love is the vision of the soul when it is permitted to gaze upon immortal beauty.
The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.
Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
I preach freedom of the mind through freedom of the body;
women, for example - out of the prison of corsets.
I had learned to have a perfect nausea for the theatre: the continual repetition of the same words and the same gestures, night after night, and the caprices, the way of looking at life, and the entire rigmarole disgusted me.
No flower of art ever fully blossomed save it was nourished by tears of agony.
The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche.
I would rather live in Russia on black bread and vodka than in the United States at the best hotels. America knows nothing of food, love or art.
The Dance of the Future will have to become again a high religious art as it was with the Greeks. For art which is not religious is not art, it is mere merchandise
America knows nothing of food, love, or art.
What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.
Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
These people seemed so enwrapped in snobbishness and the glory of being rich that they had no art sense whatever.
Will and energy sometimes prove greater than either genius or talent or temperament.
Man must speak, then sing, then dance.
The speaking is the brain, the thinking man. The singing is the emotion. The dancing is the Dionysian ecstasy which carries away all.
It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
Virtuous people are simply those who have not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them.
Others loved themselves, money, theories, power: Lenin loved his fellow men.
... Lenin was God, as Christ was God, because God is Love and Christ and Lenin were all Love!
Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?
All my lovers have been geniuses; it's the one thing that I insist.
It is only in romances that people undergo a sudden metamorphosis.
In real life, even after the most terrible experiences, the main character remains exactly the same.
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.
I have only danced my life. As a child I danced the spontaneous joy of growing things. As an adolescent, I danced with joy turning to apprehension of the first realisation of tragic undercurrents; apprehension of the pitiless brutality and crushing progress of life.
So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.
I had discovered that love might be a pastime as well as a tragedy, and I gave myself to it with pagan innocence.
People do not live nowadays. They get about 10% out of life.
The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.
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.
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.
Oh Woman, come before us, before our eyes longing for beauty, and tired of the ugliness of civilization, come in simple tunics, letting us see the line and harmony of the body beneath, and dance for us. Dance us the sweetness of life. Give us again the sweetness and the beauty of the true dance, give us again the joy of seeing the simple unconscious pure body of a woman. Like a great call it has come, and women must hear it and answer it.
The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of her soul.
..This is the truly creative dancer, natural but not imitative, speaking in movement out of herself and out of something greater than all selves.
Eleonora Duse said, "Tell me about Deirdre and Patrick," and made me repeat to her all their little sayings and ways, and show her their photos, which she kissed and cried over. She never said "Cease to grieve", but she grieved with me, and, for the first time since their death, I felt I was not alone.
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.
When I was sixteen, I danced before an audience without music.
At the end someone suddenly cried 'its Death and the Maiden'. But that was not my intention; I was only endeavoring to express my first knowledge of the underlying tragedy in all seemingly joyous manifestation. The dance according with my comprehension, should have been called 'Life and the Maiden'.