Famous Dance Quotes

The best quotes from famous dancers and smart non-dancers!


There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.
Doris Humphrey

Dancers are athletes of God.
Albert Einstein

I would believe only in a god that knows how to dance.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
Voltaire

You must have chaos within you to give rise to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A star danced, and under that was I born.
William Shakespeare

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.
Plato

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.
Confucius

When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.
Paulo Coelho

When you do dance, I wish you a wave o' the sea, that you might ever do nothing but that.
William Shakespeare

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.
Alvin Ailey

A dance is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech.
Sir Francis Bacon

A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for.
Josephine Baker

I danced from the moment I could stand.
Anna Pavlova

So you can't dance? Not at all? Not even one step? How can you say that you've taken any trouble to live when you won't even dance?
Hermann Hesse

I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.
Gene Kelly

When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.
Gene Kelly

Thousands of emotions well up inside me through out the day. They are released when I dance.
Abraham Lincoln

A pas de deux is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb?
Rudolf Nureyev

Each time I try to go into society, it doesn't work. It's artificial, I will do it as a performance and get out as fast as I can. I don't fit.
Rudolf Nureyev

My feet are dogs.
Rudolf Nureyev

Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.
Rudolf Nureyev

When I miss class for one day, I know it. When I miss class for two days, my teacher knows it. When I miss class for three days, the audience knows it.
Rudolf Nureyev

If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it? But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
Osho

When movement becomes ecstatic, then this is dance. When the movement is so total there is no ego, then it is dance.
Osho

If I can not dance, I shall die!
Anna Pavlova

Hence it is from the representation of things spoken by means of posture and gesture that the whole of the art of dance has been elaborated.
Plato

The Dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of God.
Plato

To sing well and to dance is to be well educated.
Plato

Whoever would have his body supple, easy and healthful should learn to dance.
Socrates