Quotations About / On: DANCE

  • 31.
    Books treating of etiquette ... are often written by dancing-masters and Turveydrops and others knowing little of the customs of the best society of any land.
    (Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 7 (1878).)
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  • 32.
    Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.
    (Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 2, fragment 102, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). Known as "the Cynic.")
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  • 33.
    Johann Strauss—Forty couples dancing ... one by one they slip from the hall ... sounds of kisses ... the lights go out
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1912). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 26, p. 141, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).)
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  • 34.
    Thus do I want man and woman to be: the one fit to wage war and the other fit to give birth, but both fit to dance with head and feet.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 264, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Third Part, "On Old and New Tablets," section 23 (1884).)
  • 35.
    Dancers dance through their pain. I shrink from mine.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 36.
    The human mind is like Salome at the beginning of dance, hidden from the outside world by seven veils. Veils of reserve, shyness, fear.
    (Muriel Box (b. 1905), British screenwriter, and Sydney Box (1907-1983), British screenwriter. Dr. Larson, The Seventh Veil (1945).)
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  • 37.
    A man may appear learned, without talking Sentences; as in his ordinary Gesture he discovers he can Dance, tho' he does not cut Capers.
    (Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. Mr. Spectator, in The Spectator, No. 4 (1711). By "sentences" Steele means aphorisms.)
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  • 38.
    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.)
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  • 39.
    Now is the time for drinking [nunc est bibendum], now is the time to make the earth shake with dancing.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 37, l. 1 (23 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Ode on the death of Cleopatra.)
  • 40.
    The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.
    (Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 5 (1967, trans. 1983).)
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