Top Ballet Quotes

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1. "There might've been wires, but I have this ability to make myself light. Well you know what, in ballet, when you kind of lift yourself here, it's all up in the head."
Author: Albert Finney
2. "Acting is a sense of wonder and magic and mystery for me and when life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward."
Author: Andrea Thompson
3. "When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire."
Author: Angelina Jolie
4. "I've been very physical my whole life. I've done a lot of ballet, fencing and karate, and everything."
Author: Ashley Bell
5. "My life isn't theories and formulae. It's part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I've absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone… from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from Vogue magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature."
Author: Audrey Hepburn
6. "He was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it any more obvious. He was a punk, she did ballet, what more can I say. He wanted her, she wouldn't tell, but secretly she wanted him as well"
Author: Avril Lavigne
7. "Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement."
Author: Azzedine Alaia
8. "I did grow up in France, and even though I didn't go to the school or dance with the Paris Opera Ballet, I absorbed similar ideas in my training. I understand the scale of a big company. I danced for one for almost 20 years."
Author: Benjamin Millepied
9. "Most dancers have no awareness of how they look; half of them think they're fat. There is anorexia in the ballet world; there are those things."
Author: Benjamin Millepied
10. "Several things ran through my head as I watched this silent ballet: First, I was running low on pears, my favorite morning fruit. Second, I, as a woman, am much smarter than men, I having displayed foresight this male apparently lacked in regards to trash day. And finally, I desperately needed to see more of this man in his boxers."
Author: Benjamin R. Smith
11. "I was a ballet dancer growing up and that's what I was convinced I would be."
Author: Candice Swanepoel
12. "I began dancing when I was 7 years old. I was told that I had the perfect ballet dancer's body and had these crazy high arches in my feet that resulted in an amazing point. Ballet was very disciplined and, frankly, a little boring, so I eventually transitioned to gymnastics. I loved that, although I never reached a competitive level."
Author: Catherine Mary Stewart
13. "Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice."
Author: Charles Bukowski
14. "It was something I was more interested in myself. When I went to see my sister dance at ballet, I was really into costumes and the arts, and my family was also supportive of whatever me and my sister wanted to do. I would say I pushed myself the most to be into design."
Author: Christian Siriano
15. "One of the few things in dance to match the Royal Ballet's curtain calls is the Royal Ballet's dancing."
Author: Clive Barnes
16. "Football is the ballet of the masses."
Author: Dmitri Shostakovich
17. "The available worlds looked pretty grim. They had little to offer him because he had little to offer them. He had been extremely chastened to realize that although he originally came from a world which had cars and computers and ballet and Armagnac, he didn't, by himself, know how any of it worked. He couldn't do it. Left to his own devices he couldn't build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it."
Author: Douglas Adams
18. "I was real into theater, and then I tried soccer, acting and ballet. Both my parents didn't want a child-star model, so I didn't get into modeling until I was 14."
Author: Emily Ratajkowski
19. "Mi cerebro es un hervidero, pero cuando me pongo nervioso las ideas se me suceden como en un vertiginoso ballet."(less)"
Author: Ernesto Sabato
20. "For 24 hours a day, for 10 years, all I thought about was being in a band. That's all I did. I had no other social life. I don't want my life to be like that now. I've spent the past 10 years having a real life as well. But Spandau Ballet is such a difficult shadow to outrun."
Author: Gary Kemp
21. "In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better."
Author: George Balanchine
22. "Ballet-girls have a bad reputation, which is in most cases well deserved."
Author: Henry Mayhew
23. "If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way"
Author: Henry Rollins
24. "I wanted to be a ballet teacher."
Author: Jaclyn Smith
25. "I didn't know if I could act, but I knew I could be a great ballet dancer, and Balanchine put out the carpet for me."
Author: Jacques D'Amboise
26. "Sometimes parents don't find what they're looking for it their child, so they plant seeds for what they'd like to grow there instead. I've witnessed this with the former hockey player who takes his son out to skate before he can even walk. Or in the mother who gave up her ballet dreams when she married, but now scrapes her daughter's hair into a bun and watched from the wings of the stage. We are not, as you'd expect, orchestrating their lives; we are not even trying for a second chance. We are hoping that if this one thing takes root, it might take up enough light and space to keep something else from developing in our children: the disappointment we've already lived."
Author: Jodi Picoult
27. "Does the New York City Ballet affect other places? Yeah, it lets people know they should come to New York."
Author: John Guare
28. "Boxing is my real passion. I can go to ballet, theatre, movies, or other sporting events... and nothing is like the fights to me. I'm excited by the visual beauty of it. A boxer can look so spectacular by doing a good job."
Author: LeRoy Neiman
29. "It's a well-known fact. All women are clinically insane, but especially ballet dancers. Psycho. extremely psycho. Trust me."
Author: Marisa De Los Santos
30. "Dance me slowly along a moonlit path,Soaked with light from moon and stars above,Hold my hand and whistle a tune,Dance me slowly to the edge of Love.Waltz here with me on forest grass,Soft ballet pirouettes round sun dappled trees,Hold my hand and hum a tune,Catch my freshly blown kiss off the breeze."
Author: Michelle Geaney
31. "I'm so fair that I didn't go in the sun as a child. When all my friends were on the beach, I was going to ballet. The teachers there didn't like you going in the sun, so I never did."
Author: Miranda Otto
32. "As a child I often wondered whether I would be allowed to live such moments- to inhabit the slow, majestic ballet of the snowflakes, to be released at last from the dreary frenzy of time.Is that what it feels to be naked? All one's clothes are gone, yet one's mind is overladen with finery."
Author: Muriel Barbery
33. "I used to dance when I was younger - ballet and modern dance."
Author: Nastassja Kinski
34. "All ballet, all reading, all music. That was my world, my inner world."
Author: Natalia Makarova
35. "Dance is very, very old. With Louis XIV at Versailles is where ballet started."
Author: Neve Campbell
36. "Absurdly, I haven't yet got around to saying that football is a wonderful sport, but of course it is. Goals have a rarity value that points and runs and sets do not, and so there will always be that thrill, the thrill of seeing someone do something that can only be done three or four times in a whole game if you are lucky, not at all if you are not. And I love the pace of it, its lack of formula; and I love the way that small men can destroy big men … in a way that they can't in other contact sports, and the way that t he best team does not necessarily win. And there's the athleticism …, and the way that strength and intelligence have to combine. It allows players to look beautiful and balletic in a way that some sports do not: a perfectly-timed diving header, or a perfectly-struck volley, allow the body to achieve a poise and grace that some sportsmen can never exhibit."
Author: Nick Hornby
37. "It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, 'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then, pigs will be your style."
Author: Quentin Crisp
38. "I'm steel-toed boots in a ballet-slipper world."
Author: Richard Kadrey
39. "The moment the curtain rose on that first ballet, I knew something wonderful and new had come into my life. I can still see the first scene. The ballet was Divertimento No. 15."
Author: Robert Caro
40. "Sometimes during a ballet I'll look around and see all these rows of intent faces, concentrating on this beautiful thing up on the stage."
Author: Robert Caro
41. "Some Russian ballet master woman said there's no culture in America, but if you look you can find interesting stuff in this country, don't you think?"
Author: Robert Duvall
42. "Amy [Winehouse] increasingly became defined by her addiction. Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall. The destructive personal relationships, the blood soaked ballet slippers, the aborted shows, that YouTube madness with the baby mice. In the public perception this ephemeral tittle-tattle replaced her timeless talent. This and her manner in our occasional meetings brought home to me the severity of her condition. Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death."
Author: Russell Brand
43. "I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role."
Author: Sanaa Lathan
44. "She loved hockey. Loved the speed, the agility. The fights. The men. Brawny, sweaty, messy. They let their hair grown, though no one would ever accuse them of being feminine, not with perpetual five o'clock shadow and bulging muscles. They skated with the grace of ballet dancers and fought at the drop of a glove."
Author: Stephanie Julian
45. "I like dramatic ballets, particularly if they're ballets in which I have a chance to go from one extreme of style or characterization to another."
Author: Suzanne Farrell
46. "In fact, ballet companies did not exist in the Midwest when I was a child."
Author: Suzanne Farrell
47. "When did you first feel like a grown woman and not a girl?" We wrote down our answers and shared them, first in pairs, then in larger groups. The group of women was racially and economically diverse, but the answers had a very similar theme. Almost everyone first realized they were becoming a grown woman when some dude did something nasty to them. "I was walking home from ballet and a guy in a car yelled, ‘Lick me!'" "I was babysitting my younger cousins when a guy drove by and yelled, ‘Nice ass.'" There were pretty much zero examples like "I first knew I was a woman when my mother and father took me out to dinner to celebrate my success on the debate team." It was mostly men yelling shit from cars. Are they a patrol sent out to let girls know they've crossed into puberty? If so, it's working."
Author: Tina Fey
48. "How can men be such lummoxes, such wads of chewing gum on our ballet slippers and still feel so good?"
Author: Tom Robbins
49. "In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine."
Author: Vincente Minnelli
50. "And in between the two, in between the sky and the sea, were all the winds. And there were all the nights and all the moons. To be a castaway is to be a point perpetually at the centre of a circle. However much things may appear to change—the sea may shift from whisper to rage, the sky might go from fresh blue to blinding white to darkest black—the geometry never changes. Your gaze is always a radius. The circumference is ever great. In fact, the circles multiply. To be a castaway is to be caught in a harrowing ballet of circles."
Author: Yann Martel

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