Ballet's image of perfection is fashioned amid a milieu of wracked bodies, fevered imaginations, Balkan intrigue and sulfurous hatreds where anything is likely, and dancers know it.

— Shana Alexander

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The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

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trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell.

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Between the two poles of whole-truth and half-truth is slung the chancy hammock in which we all rock.

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In a nation of celebrity worshipers, amid followers of the cult of personality, individual modesty becomes a heroic quality. I find heroism in the acceptance of anonymity, in the studied resistance to the normal American tropism toward the limelight.

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When two people marry they become in the eyes of the law one person, and that one person is the husband.

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The mark of a true crush... is that you fall in love first and grope for reasons afterward.

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The notion that the great artist requires a great patron has been around since the Pharaohs. That the born patron also needs an artist to patronize is a less-studied phenomenon.

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Evolution is fascinating to watch. To me it is the most interesting when one can observe the evolution of a single man.

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I reserve my greatest admiration for those who continue to struggle to embrace the whole impossible tangle of snakes that is our society; those who fight to identify and strengthen human connections, and defeat polarizing forces that strain to drive us apart.

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the metabolism of a consumer society requires it continually to eat and excrete, every day throwing itself away in plastic bags.

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The price of shallow sex may be a corresponding loss of capacity for deep love.

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A handwritten, personal letter has become a genuine modern-day luxury, like a child's pony ride.

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About Shana Alexander

Quotes 45 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Faithful horoscope-watching, practiced daily, provides just the sort of small but warm and infinitely reassuring fillip that gets matters off to a spirited start.

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The difficulty with becoming a patient is that as soon as you get horizontal, part of your being yearns, not for a doctor, but for a medicine man.

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What troubles me is not that movie stars run for office, but that they find it easy to get elected. It should be difficult. It should be difficult for millionaires, too.

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Americans ought to be the best-traveled, most cosmopolitan people on earth, not only because experience of the world is desirable in its own right, but because as a people acquires a great concentration of power, worldliness becomes a moral imperative.

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Californians tend to be outspoken. When the great migration began, the more timid people must have stayed home, and the bolder ones headed west.

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When two people marry they become in the eyes of the law one person, and that one person is the husband!

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Ours is the first society in history in which parents expect to learn from their children, rather than the other way around. Such a topsy-turvy situation has come about at least in part because, unlike the rest of the world, we are an immigrant society, and for immigrants the only hope is in the kids.

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As a general rule, fans and idols should always be kept at arm's length, the length of the arm to be proportionate to the degree of sheer idolatry involved. Don't take a Beatle to lunch. Don't wait up to see if the Easter Bunny is real. Just enjoy the egg hunt.

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The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind's eye.

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Rome's riches are in too immediate juxtaposition.

Under the lid of awful August heat, one moves dizzily from church to palace to fountain to ruin, a single fly at a banquet, not knowing where to light.

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Natural villains are hard to come by, what with all the shrinks and social-scientist types threatening to understand everybody into the ground.

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Tourists moved over the piazza like drugged insects on a painted plate.

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Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope.

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Huge herds of vigorous, curious, open-eyed Americans freely roaming the world are, it seems to me, quite possibly a vital national resource today as at no other time in our history.

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Roughly speaking, the President of the United States knows what his job is.

Constitution and custom spell it out, for him as well as for us. His wife has no such luck. The First Lady has no rules; rather each new woman must make her own.

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Mind and body are not to be taken lightly.

Their connection is intimate and mysterious, and better mapped by poets than pornographers.

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This is what holidays, travels, vacations are about.

It is not really rest or even leisure we chase. We strain to renew our capacity for wonder to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.

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Until quite recently dance in America was the ragged Cinderella of the arts . . .

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Good drama should sandpaper the mind.

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The graceful Georgian streets and squares, a series of steel engravings under a wet sky.

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How is the newcomer to deal with Rome? What is one to make of this marble rubble, this milk of wolves, this blood of Caesars, this sunrise of Renaissance, this baroquery of blown stone, this warm hive of Italians, this antipasto of civilization?

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The law changes and flows like water, and the stream of women's rights law has become a sudden rushing torrent.

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Rumor and gossip, like sound itself, appear to travel by wave-effect, sheer preposterosity being no barrier.

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A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.

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Ours was the Togetherness Generation.

We equated togetherness with salvation, and expected so much from it that it was bound to let us down. Companionship, security, lifelong physical and spiritual and emotional warmth - all were to be had for the twist of a ring and the breathing of a vow. And to be had no other way.

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We are on a sexual binge in this country.

... One consequence of this binge is that while people now get into bed more readily and a lot more naturally than they once did, what happens there often seems less important.

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The rich plankton of pop heroes and pop villains on which we Americans are accustomed to feed, the daily media soup of sports figures, ax murderers, politicians, and rock singers, the ever-running river of celebs, heavies, and oddballs that we use to spice up our own relatively humdrum lives has of late become a very watery gruel. Where have all the good guys and bad guys gone? Why does everyone out there look so gray?

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Hair brings one’s self-image into focus;

it is vanity’s proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices

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Ireland is not at all a simple place, and in many ways it is spare and sad.

It has no wealth, no power, no stability, no influence, no fashion, no size. Its only real arts are song and drama and poem. But Limerick alone has two thousand ruined castles and surely that many practicing poets.

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At Gatling-gun tempo word-perfect the first time out.

the journalistic equivalent of a high-wire front somersault without a net.

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The real trouble with the doctor image in America is that it has been grayed by the image of the doctor-as-businessman, the doctor-as-bureaucrat, the doctor-as-medical-robot, and the doctor-as-terrified-victim-of-malpractice-suits.

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I don't believe man is a woman's natural enemy. Perhaps his lawyer is.

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