Who knew?

Who knew that Helen Keller and Martha Graham were friends?

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.

Red Rose macro with Helen Keller quote
Red Rose macro with Helen Keller quote (Photo credit: IronRodArt – Royce Bair (“Star Shooter”))

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Friends (Photo credit: Leonrw)

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

Contentment (Photo credit: Ian Sane)

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.

Ant at Work
Ant at Work (Photo credit: DavidDennisPhotos.com)

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.

magnolia bloom
magnolia bloom

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.

Inner Peace
Inner Peace (Photo credit: JeneaWhat)

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.

photo by quirkyjazz

Martha Graham quotes:

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.

English: Children dancing, International Peace...
English: Children dancing, International Peace Day 2009, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The body never lies.

skinny-page-on-martha-graham (Photo credit: creativelenna)

The body says what words cannot.

The body is a sacred garment.

Touching : Earth and Air
Touching : Earth and Air (Photo credit: ipythias)

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.

Endpapers of Martha Graham
Endpapers of Martha Graham (Photo credit: Crossett Library Bennington College)

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross (19...
Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross (1961 June 27) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

It's been a musical week in our house. The rai...
It’s been a musical week in our house. The rainy evenings are condusive to practice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.

dia 036
dia 036 (Photo credit: rogerblake2)

First we have to believe, and then we believe.

BELIEVE (Photo credit: spitfirelas)

The only sin is mediocrity. (Videos below — The Heretic and Night  Journey)

DSC01158 (Photo credit: ellemorgan)

30 minute documentary:  A Dancer’s World (1957)

Narrated by Matha Graham

Tribute to Martha Graham


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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

7 thoughts on “Who knew?”

  1. Jill, I loved these quotes and pictures! You’ve matched them so nicely with pictures. I like to collect quotes in my journals etc. ,and this inspires me to find photos for some of them.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I am a visual person, so looking for just the right image can be quite a search! I’m so glad you like how this post turned out.

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