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A creative person has to create.
by Katherine Dunham

A creative person has to create.
It doesn't really matter what you create.
If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could,
in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.
- Katherine Dunham

Go within every day and find the inner strength
so that the world will not blow your candle out.
- Katherine Dunham

My work has been much more Caribbean and eclectic.
I am interested in people, and where they come from
happens to have fallen within an area of Africa.
- Katherine Dunham

I don't think Ed Sullivan had anything to do with Carib Song.
- Katherine Dunham

 

I really think that aside from admiring my talent you
really admire me as a person and as a woman.
- Katherine Dunham

I am happy to know that my husband regards me as a woman and a person.
- Katherine Dunham

I have actually five honorary degrees.
- Katherine Dunham

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I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone.
Now I want "She did it."
- Katherine Dunham

You know, this isn't theatre like it used to be.
- Katherine Dunham

I could never live a nonproductive life and I feel
that I have lived a productive life as far as I want
to in terms of this company that I have for so many years.
- Katherine Dunham

Frequently producers have partners that they never
let the public know about.
- Katherine Dunham

Sometimes I have given my husband a manuscript to read
that has turned out to have fantastic rave reviews
and he'll tell me it is no good.
Well, if I didn't know him as well as I know him I
would be terribly depressed.
- Katherine Dunham

For the kind of thing that we were showing,
the budget was sufficient.
As we were speaking of in Haiti, we had not done that
before in exactly this form and we had to have costumes for it.
- Katherine Dunham

We have a group of friends of the museum who try to raise,
if they can, periodically something to help us.
Of course, the main thing about a building like this is its upkeep.
It needs central heating and it needs central air conditioning.
- Katherine Dunham

Don't think you are going to go on forever because
you are not and begin to plan something that will compensate
as you reduce your capacities to leap or turn on this or that or the other,
begin thinking of something else.
- Katherine Dunham

Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets,
some of the mountains, rivers, streams,
etc.
were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti.
Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony,
a real ceremony.
- Katherine Dunham

The older I grow the more I see the influence of my family on my life.
I didn't always see it.
It was up to our parents to see that we had our education
in a town that hadn't yet realized what racial prejudice
was but actually knew and practiced it on occasion.
- Katherine Dunham

So many dancers paint.
I used to paint.
I started again recently.
While I was dancing, I was very busy with my career.
Start something else that makes use of your creative
ability because if you don't you will die inside as a person.
- Katherine Dunham

We had maybe the greatest success of any company that I know of in Paris,
and after two or three years I wanted to do this same
number that we did for PBS,
so we did it and Paris had always considered us their darlings.
- Katherine Dunham

Without my husband's costumes I wouldn't have known
how to accomplish what I saw in my own mind's eyes for choreography.
And then seeing our choreography and knowing the background
of it I am sure helped my husband a great deal with what he designed for us.
- Katherine Dunham

I certainly feel my career was a great career because
it inspired so many many people,
literally hundreds of people to follow a new kind of
life and to realize that they could make out and advance
their own professional and private and social lives.
- Katherine Dunham

Aside from a few master teachers that we have had over the years,
this has been a completely local talent development.
But people have started to come now from Chicago,
we have a number of students from Chicago and different
places of the country and even in the world.
- Katherine Dunham

I had certain physical limitations that made me change
the choreography for myself or made me more interested
in choreography only rather than dancing.
I have never been a person who wanted to just dance.
I have always been interested in developing for other people.
- Katherine Dunham

Black people should have recognition for themselves
and their backgrounds and their relationships with
other people in the world and thus lose some of their alienation.
This museum has certainly stood for that in this town.
- Katherine Dunham

We don't intend to always keep this necessarily African oriented.
Originally I had hoped to have African American Indian of this area,
and the Appalachian of this area, but at the same time,
just as we have the Haitian room, we will always have
room for another exhibit.
- Katherine Dunham

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

Gratitude in advance is the most powerful
creative force in the universe.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority
has made the world better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

To live a creative life
we must lose our fear of being wrong.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

The mind of man is continuously unfolding
into a greater recognition of its real plan
in the creative order of the Universe.
- Ernest Holmes

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others.
- Ayn Rand

Since new developments are
the products of a creative mind,
we must therefore stimulate and encourage
that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

Reading, after a certain age,
diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

To succeed, one must be creative and persistent.
- John H. Johnson

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

The creative act lasts but a brief moment,
a lightning instant of give-and-take,
just long enough for you to level the camera and to
trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Vision is the true creative rhythm.
- Robert Delaunay

Without this playing with fantasy,
no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of
the imagination is incalculable.
- Carl Jung

My hand is the extension of the thinking process -
the creative process.
- Tadao Ando

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
- Albert Einstein

The very essence of the creative is its novelty,
and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
- Carl Rogers

Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns,
do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior,
that they are so united to creative people.
- Andre Norton

Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art.
They are all the same absolutely.
- Josef Albers

Politics itself is so unsexy, isn't it? But when the
politics in creative works are really explored -
not used as a vehicle -
the results can be really interesting.
- Marisa Tomei

The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.
- Agnes de Mille

Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation,
but it can no longer be creative itself.
- Kenzo Tange

But I really love music, and having a creative outlet
is really the best thing you can do for yourself.
- Edie Brickell

We try to say it's creative and in a manner it is creative,
but it is a business, because today,
with the cost factor in crossing the boundaries that you do.
- Skitch Henderson

I believe that my whole creative life stemmed from
this magic hour under the stars on that hilltop.
- Ruth St.
Denis

I just loved being in the theatre with all those crazy,
creative people.
- Kristin Davis

I feel responsible; I feel I've got to do something
that will leave the kids a place where they can live healthy,
safe, productive, creative and prosperous lives.
- Dennis Weaver

India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word;
she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples.
- Sri Aurobindo

I was allowed to wander where I could.
Here is a case in which you search for your independence
and allow something creative to come out of that.
- George Woodcock

It's got to be weird to sit in an office all day and
deal with these creative types without having any idea
of what they do or how they do it.
- Ron Livingston

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination,
attesting in all men a creative power,
which if it were available in waking,
would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
- Frederick Henry Hedge

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects,
I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
- Leo Burnett

I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.
- Robert Morgan

Acting isn't really a creative profession.
It's an interpretative one.
- Paul Newman

For those who seek to understand it,
death is a highly creative force.
The highest spiritual values of life can originate
from the thought and study of death.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

In terms of the creative side of it,
it's really been a thing where you come up with the
funny stuff is usually at a bar or out talking to people or whatever.
- Trey Parker

When I went to college I took a creative writing class
and decided in a week to be a writer.
- David Guterson

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
- Carl Sandburg

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy
in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

There are two ways of being creative.
One can sing and dance.
Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
- Warren G. Bennis


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