Words to live by

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. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. It 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 compared 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. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a bessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive.

— Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

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~ by mortarandpestle on March 26, 2008.

One Response to “Words to live by”

  1. My favorite Martha Graham quote:
    “Above all, stop intellectualizing movement and just let the body do it. Dance.”

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