Hellen Keller visits Martha Graham’s Dance Studio
These two incredibly intelligent, creative, wise and strong-willed women were friends. Both were and are internationally famous. As I read about their friendship and refreshed my memory about their individual accomplishments I discovered several quotes from each of these ladies I’d like to share here.
Click on this link to read more about the friendship between Helen and Martha: Dance Is Like Thought: Helen Keller visits Martha Graham’s Dance Studio by Maria Papova on brainpickings.org
Link to the book mentioned in the article above: Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings by Craig Brown
Helen Keller quotes:
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.
It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
Martha Graham quotes:
Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
The body never lies.
The body says what words cannot.
The body is a sacred garment.
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.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
First we have to believe, and then we believe.
The only sin is mediocrity. (Videos below — The Heretic and Night Journey)
30 minute documentary: A Dancer’s World (1957)
Narrated by Matha Graham
Tribute to Martha Graham
- A Glimpse of Hellen Keller in Her Garden (manuscripts.wordpress.com)