They teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1754 entry (1791).
Referring to Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Son. Of ChesterfieldJohnson's erratic patronhe remarked, "This man I thought had been a Lord among wits; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords.")
How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "1 Jan. 1832," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).)
Now I am light, now I fly, now I see myself beneath myself, now a god dances through me.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 50, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On Reading and Writing," (1883).)