Martha Graham Quotes

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.

That which you do not want to do is to fail in either clarity or in passion.

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.

I want to make people feel intensely alive. I’d rather have them against me than indifferent.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body.

Freedom to a dancer means discipline. That is what technique is for – liberation.

Nothing is more revealing than movement.

You give all your life to doing this one thing. It sounds grim, it sounds frightening – it isn’t – it has a great gaity at times and a great wonder.

To me, this acquirement of nervous, physical, and emotional concentration is the one element possessed to the highest degree by the truly great dancers of the world. Its acquirement is the result of discipline, of energy in the deep sense. That is why there are so few great dancers.