Martha Graham Best Quotes

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. Enjoy Martha Graham’s best quotes below.

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
“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.”
“Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.”
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”
“First we have to believe, and then we believe.”
“‘Age’ is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.”
“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”
“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.”
“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.”
“Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Nothing is more revealing than movement.”
“I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer’s body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being.”
“The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.”
“Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.”
“Censorship is the height of vanity.”
“The body says what words cannot.”
“The only sin is mediocrity.”
“Misery is a communicable disease.”
“The body is a sacred garment.”
“Learn by practice.”
“The body never lies.”

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