55 Total Quotes

Martha Graham Quotes

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer #Ballet

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
Martha Graham
#Action

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.
Martha Graham
#Action #American Dancer

Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer

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.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Martha Graham
#Adversity

If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement.
Martha Graham
#Action

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
Martha Graham
#Passion #American Dancer

The body says what words cannot.
Martha Graham
#Body #American Dancer

The center of the stage is where I am.
Martha Graham
#Theater

The body is a sacred garment.
Martha Graham
#Body #American Dancer

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer

The only sin is mediocrity.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer #Mediocrity

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.
Martha Graham
#Dance #Dancing

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.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer #Dancing

The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer #Art

Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.
Martha Graham
#American Dancer #Dancing

First we have to believe, and then we believe.
Martha Graham
#Belief