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The truest expression of a people
by Agnes De Mille

The truest expression of a people
is in its dances and its music.
Bodies never lie.
- Agnes De Mille

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.
Destiny is made known silently.
- Agnes de Mille

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

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.
- Agnes de Mille

 

Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.
- Agnes de Mille

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

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.
- Agnes de Mille

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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.
- Agnes de Mille

A good education is usually harmful to a dancer.
A good calf is better than a good head.
- Agnes de Mille

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.
- 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.
- Agnes de Mille

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion
is the truest to every man even if it stands low
in the scales of philosophical comparison.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
- Chinua Achebe

For me the purest and truest art in the world is science fiction.
- C. J. Cherryh

The truest greatness lies in being kind,
the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not
to take his burden from him,
but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.
- Phillips Brooks

But I do believe that a woman's truest place is in a home,
with a husband and with children, and with large freedom,
pecuniary freedom, personal freedom,
and the right to vote.
- Lucy Stone

Wait for those unguarded moments.
Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep,
the subject often reveals his truest self.
- Barbara Walters

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
- Charles Dickens

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression
of the state of being human.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
- Samuel Butler

Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
- Cyril Connolly

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom;
and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- Edmund Burke

I'm a patriot in the truest sense of the word.
- Al Sharpton

Perhaps the truest axiom in baseball is that the toughest thing to do is repeat.
- Walt Alston

The simplest things are often the truest.
- Richard Bach

Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure;
but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake,
we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure,
because we can never have the virtue.
- John Henry Newman

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt
whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool;
the truest heroism is to resist the doubt;
and the profoundest wisdom,
to know when it ought to be resisted,
and when it be obeyed.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

I am a unique expression of the universal fabric of creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Giving is the highest expression of our power.
- Vivian Greene

Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum expression of selfishness
because we make the assumption that everything is about me.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a Unique Expression
of the Universal Fabric of Creation.
I celebrate both my uniqueness
and my connection with all that is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a unique expression
of the universal fabric of creation;
I am that I am that I am.
In the eternity of all creation,
I am the only ME that ever will be;
and I am so honored that the Power of the Universe
has chosen for me to be ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Being practical" is the antithesis of having faith and love.
"Being practical" is an expression of fear.
When you live from love and faith, you will be compassionate,
confident, and loving -- and no longer feel the need to "be practical."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

The details are the very source of expression in architecture.
But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
- Arthur Erickson

Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.
- Mark Helprin

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

Beauty without expression is boring.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Voting is an expression of three key life principles -
CHOICE, INTENT, and ACTION.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is
glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.
- Anne Roiphe

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,
we don't believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between
his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in,
and going after your dreams.
- Madonna Ciccone

The universe must exist for the self-expression
of God and the delight of God.
- Ernest Holmes

I think they saw me as something like a deliverer,
a way out.
My means of expression, my music, was a way in which
a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn't.
- Little Richard

Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy,
human rights, and freedom of expression.
- Taslima Nasrin

Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.
- Earl Nightingale

Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

Every artistic expression is either influenced by or
adds something to politics.
- Dario Fo

Every mind which has given itself to self-expression
in art is aware of a directing agency outside its conscious
control which it has agreed to label 'inspiration'.
- Norman Lindsay

The simplicities of natural laws arise through the
complexities of the language we use for their expression.
- Eugene Wigner

Singing your own songs is all about individual expression.
- Lyle Lovett

The thought came to me that all one loves in art becomes beautiful.
Beauty is nothing but the expression of the fact that
something is being loved.
Only thus could she be defined.
- Robert Musil

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
- Pearl S. Buck

Endeavour to be faithful, and if there is any beauty in your thought,
your style will be beautiful; if there is any real emotion to express,
the expression will be moving.
- George Henry Lewes

When you step back and watch people,
you realize that we use every single body part.
Movement, dance - I find it genius because it's ultimate expression,
really.
- Jude Law

Martial art is a form of expression,
an expression from your inner self to your hands and legs.
- Donnie Yen

The poet's perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience;
what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best possible way,
that is, completely.
- John Drinkwater

Simplicity is the glory of expression.
- Walt Whitman

It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands,
new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
- Eric Hoffer

Have you ever heard the expression: Walk a mile in my shoes,
and then judge me? And write your own books.
- Ann Rule

"No comment" is a splendid expression.
I am using it again and again.
- Winston Churchill

Substance must emanate from spirit and is nothing else
than the record of the spirit's conception of itself
finding expression in space and time.
- Paul Twitchell

Music is the expression of the movement of the waters,
the play of curves described by changing breezes.
- Claude Debussy


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