Quotations About / On: DANCE

  • 41.
    If I'm on skates, I feel at home no matter what I'm doing. If they wanted me to sing and dance I think I could do it just because I was on skates. When I'm not on skates, though, I feel very strange.
    (Dorothy Hamill (b. 1956), U.S. ice skater. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 48 (June 1977). In the preceding year, Hamill had won the Olympic gold medal for women's figure skating.)
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    "Do you like being a parent—you know, being a father, having children and all?" Linnet once asked me. "Yes," I said, after a moment. "It's like dancing with a partner. It takes a lot of effort to do it well. But when it's done well it's a beautiful thing to see."
    (Gerald Early (20th century), U.S. writer, specialist in African-American Studies. Daughters, preface (1994).)
  • 44.
    I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his "divine service."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Gay Science, aph. 381 (rev. edition 1887).)
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  • 45.
    The society girl meets more dangers than the girl on the stage. There is more danger at a tango tea than in the theatre. The actor is less dangerous than the dancing master.
    (Lillian Russell (1861-1922), U.S. actor. As quoted in Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage, vol. 2, by William C. Young (1975). From an article entitled, "Is the Stage a Perilous Place for a Young Girl?," first published in Theatre magazine in January 1916. Russell, a renowned beauty and very popular musical comedy star, was reacting to the "bad name" that the stage had at the time. She herself had been married four times and observed: "If a girl is pretty she will be tempted.")
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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).)
  • 48.
    A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams. For what? So you can swim and dance and play.
    (David Duncan (b.1913), U.S. screenwriter, and George Pal. George (Rod Taylor), The Time Machine, speaking to dissolute humans far in the future (1960).)
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  • 49.
    Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter Oct. 9, 1746. The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 113, first published (1774), ed. Charles Strachey (1901).)
  • 50.
    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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