Since the post-trigger quote by Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) came up in a Becoming Human-adjacent discussion on “enthusiasm” and what it takes to inspire others, here are a few lines by, and a view of, this insightful artist, dubbed “the Picasso of dance”.

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross (1961)
credit: Wikipedia images

  • There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others.
    – Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille in “Dance to the Piper”
    Quoted after Kimberly at Stream of Consciousness blog

The quote was tracked through the Wikipedia article on Graham to:

de Mille, Agnes (1991). Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham. NYC: Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-55643-7.

More quotes:

  • You can be Eastern or Burmese or what have you, but the function of the body and the awareness of the body results in dance and you become a dancer, not just a human being. ”
    From  Blood Memory
  • Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
    Quoted after Zaady at Stream of Consciousness blog



such as “Misery is a communicable disease”

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business”