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  • Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
    (Martha Graham)

  • Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.
    (Martha Graham)

  • Misery is a communicable disease.
    (Martha Graham)

  • You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
    (Martha Graham)

  • Nothing is more revealing than movement.
    (Martha Graham)


  • I am unbelievably relieved. He is one of the best kids in the world.
    (Martha Graham)

  • No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.
    (Martha Graham)

  • We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.
    (Martha Graham)

  • The body never lies.
    (Martha Graham)

  • Learn by practice.
    (Martha Graham)

  • Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
    (Martha Graham)

  • The past is not dead it is not even past. People live on inner time the moment in which a decisive thought or feeling takes place can be at any time. Timeless feelings are common to all of us.
    (Martha Graham)

  • The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.
    (Martha Graham)

  • 'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.
    (Martha Graham)

  • We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
    (Martha Graham)


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