Agnes De Mille Quotes

  • The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.

  • The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.

  • The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.

  • Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.

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

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