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Quotations About / On: DANCE

  • 31.
    That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back, when one is out walking one wants not to go back the way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, Random House (1937).)
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  • 32.
    The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. La Fanfarlo (1847), trans. 1986.)
  • 33.
    Over there, in Europe, all was shame and anger. Here it was exile or solitude, among these languid and agitated madmen who danced in order to die.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. D'Arrast in Brazil, in Exile and the Kingdom, "The Growing Stone," p. 174, Gallimard (1957).)
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  • 34.
    At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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  • 35.
    I say to you: we must still have chaos within us to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say to you: you still have chaos within you.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 19, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "Prologue," section 5 (1883).)
  • 36.
    I can get dressed earlier in the evening with every intention of going to a dance at midnight, but somehow after the theatre the thing to do seems to be either to go to bed or sit around somewhere. It doesn't seem possible that somewhere people can be expecting you at an hour like that.
    (Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. The Treasurer's Report and Other Aspects of Community Singing, "One Minute Please," Grosset & Dunlap (1930).)
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  • 37.
    The harp is an insipid instrument—no good for dancing, feasting, or marching, only for sitting primly in a parlor or on a cloud.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 38.
    Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness. It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom.
    (Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Sir Positive Trap, in Love in Several Masques, act 3, sc. 7.)
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  • 39.
    I could dance yet—only had a good fiddle—I like music. A good fiddle always starts the Negro, even if he's old.
    (Sylvia Dubois (1788?-1889), African American slave and hog breeder. :As quoted in Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom, interview dated December 20, 1883, by C. W. Larison (1883).)
    More quotations from: Sylvia Dubois, dance, music
  • 40.
    I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Letter, April 15, 1768.)
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