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I could never live a nonproductive life and I feel
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

I have actually five honorary degrees.
- Katherine Dunham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm,
you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
- Morris West

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Know that you are never alone.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.
- Leo Buscaglia

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The sum of wisdom is that
time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There may be times when we are powerless
to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Never ascribe to malice that which is
adequately explained by incompetence.
- Napoleon

Never "for the sake of peace and quiet"
deny your own experience or convictions.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha


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