Agnes De Mille Quotes

Agnes George de Mille (September 18, 1905 – October 7, 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer

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Agnes De Mille


Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.

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The choreographic process is exhausting. It happens on one's feet after hours of work, and the energy required is roughly the equivalent of writing a novel and winning a tennis match simultaneously.

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A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.

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Theater people are always pining and agonizing because they're afraid that they'll be forgotten. And in America they're quite right. They will be.

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To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.

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The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.

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Living is a form of not being sure, not know what next or how... The artists never entirely knows.

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Find the passion. It takes great passion and great energy to do anything creative. I would go so far as to say you can't do it without that passion.

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Dancers aren't made of their technique, but their passion.

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Ballet technique never becomes easy, it becomes possible

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No white man uses his feet the way an Indian does. He talks to the earth.

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My heroines are part of me and my heroes are part of what I'd like to know.

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Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times. The dancers don't even look at one another. They are just a lot of isolated individuals jiggling in a kind of self-hypnosis and dancing with others only to remind themselves that we are not completely alone in this world.

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“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.”

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“...then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down... and kissed him. And the world cracked open”

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