Great Quotes


"Things are only impossible until they're not." Jean-Luc Picard

"Education, or enrichment, is a dynamic, evolving, lifelong process. Every time you look, sensitively with awareness, your vision grows." John Paul Caponigro, Photographer

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." Judy Garland

"I was never the girl next door." Bettie Page

"Integrity has no need of rules."Albert Camus

"There is enough for everyone's NEED, but there is not enough for everyone's GREED." Gandhi

"Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing." James Brown

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I do not intend to tiptoe through life, only to arrive safely at death!" Anonymous

"These days, many forms of dance and music come close to being trance-inducing. One of the subdivisions of house music has even been given the name 'trance.' In addition, it is not simply the style of dancing that approaches or revives the nature of tribal dancing, but also another dimension. In those places and at those moments where all the elements are just right – the crowd, the music, the ambiance, the moon – something happens that goes beyond the merely individual experience. Suddenly, in the way of synergy, the participating individuals actually disappear and a concerted, coherent, and merged group is born, for however short a time. In those very moments, the tribal spirit is truly manifest and, just as in tribal societies, the dance becomes a release and a catharsis for the entire community." Rufus C. Camphausen

"When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you." Morihei Ueshiba

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." Frank Zappa

"It is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world are eternally justified." Friedrich Nietzsche

"Do not let the artificial obliterate the natural; do not let will obliterate destiny; do not let virtue be sacrificed to fame." Chuangtse

"All dance is about sensual expression. It is about energy and vitality, and it is one of the most liberating activities available to us." Wendy Bounaventura

"I have never found criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance." Harold Macmillan

"To be capable of respect is today almost as rare as to be worthy of it." 17th century Frenchman Joseph Joubert

"My Singer, from that earthen drum,
What sweet music you bring
From the earthen drum of my body." From A Folksong of the Pardhans of the Upper Narmada Valley, India

"She came appareled in a vest of blue,
That mocked the skies and shamed their azure hue;
I thought thus clad she burst upon my sight,
Like summer Moonshine on a wintery night." A quatrain from The Arabian Nights (Gordon Craig wrote it down to send to Isadora Duncan, but never did.)

"Certitude is seized by some minds, not because there is any philosophical justification for it, but because such minds have an emotional need for certitude." The New Inquisition by Robert Anton Wilson

"Before I talk, I should read a book." Mesopotamia by The B-52's

"If you want all the comforts of home, go home!" Todric Koenig

"Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood." Daniel Hudson Burham, Architect for the Chicago World Faire of 1893

"The mother of the dance is the melody because she gives you everything, tells you everything you need to know, like a mother. The father of the dance is the rhythm and he is the strong one, the leader, the authority - as a father should be!" Tayyar Akdeniz

"We are all driven by an invisible whip. Some run, some have fun, some are hip, some tip, some dip, but we all must answer to the invisible whip." Rahsaan Roland Kirk

"The stillness in stillness is not real stillness. Only when there is stillness in movement can the spiritual rhythm appear which pervades heaven and earth." Ts'ai-ken T'an

"Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained." William Blake

"Ritual is to the internal sciences what experiment is to the external sciences." Timothy Leary

"Seeing a thing once is better than hearing about it 100 times." Chinese Proverb

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then - are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as bad luck." Heinlein

"Friendship is honey - but don't eat it all!" Moroccan Proverb

"I no doubt deserve my enemies, but I don't believe I deserve my friends." Walt Whitman

"Enjoy yourself and try to learn... you will annoy someone. If you do not... you will annoy someone!" Sufi saying

"The deepest friendship often comes through a chance meeting." Akira Kurasawa's Seven Samurai

"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing." Hillel

"Your body is the voice that sings what there are no words for, the instrument that plays the music of your soul." Katisha, Jareeda Magazine Nov/Dec 1996

"I realized I was God when I was praying and suddenly realized I was talking to myself." Peter O'Toole

"Real divas give 150 percent. If they don't have the right dress, they'll go out in whatever they have. If there are no microphones, they'll still put on a show. They are people who put their heart and soul in what they do." Patti LaBelle

"The Dance instills in you something that sets you apart. Something heroic and remote." Degas

"Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness." Maya Angelou

"No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race." From The Meaning Of It All by Richard P. Feynman

"Myth is more individual and expresses life more precisely than does science." Carl Gustav Jung

"Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last." Irish Proverb

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." Voltairine de Cleyre

"Of course, it's not the technique that makes the music; it's the sensitivity of the musician and his ability to be able to fuse his life with the rhythm of the times. This is the essence of music." Herbie Hancock

"Dancing is more than rhythmically performing a series of grouped or patterned movements. That is exercise. Dancing is artistic self-expression and good dancing is a synergism between the dancer and the music. Great dancing creates a synergy between the dancer, the music and the audience!" Shibar

"Does this choreography make my butt look big?" Shibar

"Dance is the essence of mystery. Through dance we experience a dimension that the linear mind is not structured to perceive. It may have been dance that enabled us to first conceive of existences beyond our immediate physical experience, thereby creating the concept of spirituality, of 'God'." From Sacred Woman Sacred Dance by Iris Stewart

"Ancient art has a specific inner content. At one time, art possessed the same purpose that books do in our day, namely: to preserve and transmit knowledge. In olden days, people did not write books, they incorporated their knowledge into works of art. We would find a great many ideas in the works of ancient art passed down to us, if only we knew how to read them." G. Gurdjieff

"I think when I started going to the Middle East, that was the turning point. The music was so good it drew out of me a spontaneous response. There is such a difference when you're dancing to music you really love, when there is this meeting of music and dancer that fuses into one. Those are the experiences we live for." Aisha Ali

"They follow me and I never know what I'm going to do. I lead them through a variety of dance experiences, and at these times, I'm no longer myself. I'm like a go-between. When I hear certain pieces of music, I project myself into the place & time where I saw a particular dancer. Then I become that performer." Aisha Ali

"Dance in the Middle East celebrates war and peace, birth and other passages of life; affirms the solidarity of the family, the tribe, the people; even effects oneness with God, or the All in the Muslim dhikr and hadra ceremonies. The line between spectator and participant often disappears; dancers, musicians and audience are interchangeable when the call of the blood breaks down social barriers. In the ancient Middle East, and among the Arabs before Islam, the blood was the life, and the blood has it's rhythm, and the quam - 'The People', the Arab Tribe - dances the dahiyya to the rhythm of the blood." Edwina Nearing

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the Arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction of life; it is life itself." Havelock Ellis

"Art always unites people - their hearts and nations around the world." Kizlarkhon Dustmuhamedova

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein

"Puritanism is the fear that somewhere someone may be having a good time." Bertrand Russell

"You haven't got anything to dance about until you're over thirty-five anyway." Bert Balladine

"If I could explain, I wouldn't need to dance!" Isadora Duncan

"He who makes a mistake is still our friend; he who adds to or shortens a melody is still our friend; but he who violates a rhythm unawares can no longer be our friend." Ishaq Ibn Ibrahim 767-850 AD, musician

"Egyptian dancers glisten. Turkish dancers sweat." Anonymous

"The way to new consciousness is through an eclipse, that is, through the darkening of the consciousness - classically expressed as a depression or introversion shrouded by doubt, feelings of hopelessness, fear, lack of meaning, and a sense that life is being threatened with stagnation and death. Unconsciousness threatens consciousness, but from the conflict that then ensues comes the possibility of a new insight, a higher wisdom, a renewal of life in it's fullest sense." Fred Gustafson

"To understand the culture, study the dance. To understand the dance, study the people." Chuck Davis, Artistic Director of the African American Dance Ensemble

"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'." Isadora Duncan

"They who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music." Anonymous

"What Ulysses preserves from the lotus, from Circe's drugs and the Siren's song, is not merely the past or the future. Memory really matters - for individuals, for the collectivity, for civilization - only if it binds together the imprint of the past and the project of the future, if it enables us to act without forgetting what we wanted to do, to become without ceasing to be, and to be without ceasing to become." Italo Calvino

"But as for certain truth, no man has known it,
Nor will he know it: neither of the gods;
Nor yet of all the things of which I speak.
And even if by chance he were to utter
The perfect truth, he would himself not know it,
For all is but a woven web of guesses." Xenophanes

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." Albert Einstein

"We had never imagined that what is deepest and most active in the life of the mind could be expressed by the hands, the fingers, the soles of the feet - not merely the face." The Russian magazine Iskusstvo, 1905, in reference to Isadora Duncan

"I have the financial morals of a goldfish, I can resist everything but temptation." Ruth St. Denis

"To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking." Agnes De Mille

"To dance is to be out of yourself AND IN YOURSELF AT THE SAME TIME. Those whom you encompass need only to look... because they are inside of you when you dance." Eva Cernik

"Gypsy dance is never just to be dancing. Instead it seems to be a part of an immense and significant non-verbal vocabulary of Gypsy communication and behavior. It is at the heart of an essential transformation, a transcended state, an escape from the realities of their daily lives to a more satisfying state of mind." Kate McGowen

"The Gypsy Dancer appears to be free from the societal constraints. The Gypsy as the Wild Woman archetype has magical powers, powers which make her dangerous. She is out-of-control, or at least beyond the control of the patriarchy. She evokes fear, especially in the subconscious where the Wild Woman lurks within us all. We are afraid to let her out because we may loose control." Laurel Victoria Gray

"Hold your hands out gently. Ask others to do the same. See how different each person looks. Each person has their own unique and natural beauty. Use this natural beauty when you dance. Respect your individuality." Artemis Mourat

"Do not deny yourself the opportunity for a spontaneous exchange between the musician and yourself. Let the music come inside of you and dance that music. It is this most intimate musical self and your most intimate dancing self. Feel the music. Fill yourself with it... This is the art of takseem." Artemis Mourat

"Locked in this dance is a secret language that tells the story of women's lives... their passions and their spirituality, their sacrifices, their joys, their intuitions, their emotional life drama." Delilah


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