Quotes by Martha Graham

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul"
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"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. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."
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"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 of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. 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 yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others"
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"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion."
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"What people in the world think of you is really none of your business."
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Books by Martha Graham

  • Blood Memory
  • 327 ratings
  • March 20th 1992 by Macmillan

    (first published August 1st 1991)

  • Martha Graham
  • 19 ratings
  • April 28th 1996 by Circe

    (first published April 1996)

  • The Art of Dance
  • 3 ratings
  • December 1st 2009 by Sellers Publishing

    (first published 2009)

Martha Graham
  • Martha Graham

  • Date of birth: December 13, 1901
  • Died: April 01, 1991
  • Born: in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, The United States.

  • Description: Martha Graham was an American dancer and choreographer regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, and is widely considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Graham invented a new language of movement, and used it to reveal the passion, the rage and the ecstasy common to human experience. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years, and during that time was the first dancer ever to perform at The White House, the first dancer ever to travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and the first dancer ever to receive the highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said "I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable."

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