Dancing Quotes

It has taken me years

“It has taken me years of struggle, hard work, and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.”

– Isadora Duncan

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Then slowly like the sunrise

“Then, slowly, like the sunrise peeking over the horizon, she smiled.
She snapped the box closed.
She didn’t scream. She didn’t run. She didn’t faint.
There might have been a little crying.
But mostly… she danced.”

– Cora Carmack, Losing It

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In a society that worships

“In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, dance is sacred,It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”

– Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, The Shapeshifters: The Kiesha’ra of the Den of Shadows

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What’s your name he asked

“What’s your name?” he asked above the roar of the music.

She leaned close. “My name is Wind,” she whispered. “And Rain. And Bone and Dust. My name is a snippet of a half-remembered song.”

He chuckled a low, delightful sound. She was drunk and silly, and so full of the glory of being young and alive and in the capital of the world that she could hardly contain herself.

“I have no name,” she purred. “I am whoever the keepers of my fate tell me to be.”

He grasped her by her wrist, running a thumb along the sensitive skin underneath. “Then let me call you Mine for a dance or two.”
? Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin and the Underworld

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Artists use frauds to make

“Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.”

– Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

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