Listen, sister. I don't dance and I can't take time out now to learn.
(Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Lt. Rusty Ryan (John Wayne), They Were Expendable, reply to nurse Lt. Sandy Davis (Donna Reed), who invites him to a dance (1945).
Based on the book by William L. White.)
It is no doubt possible to flybut first you must know how to dance like an angel.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 552, selection 17, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Fall 1883.)
At the extreme north, the voyagers are obliged to dance and act plays for employment.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 172, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Thoreau uses the term "employment" in the sense of "in order to have something to do.")
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.")