Even more inspirational quotes

Today’s quote comes from Martha Graham, who was not a writer but a dancer, and it’s courtesy of the lovely Jeanne Pascale:

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I’d never heard of Martha Graham when I read this quote, so I did a little Googling and found her Wikipedia entry, which had this to say:

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her influence on dance has been compared with the influence of Picasso on modern visual arts,[1][2] the influence of Stravinsky on music, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture.[3]

She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, in the 1994 documentary The Dancer Revealed, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.” [4]

Her style, the Graham technique, fundamentally reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.[5]

A brilliant choreographer, Ms. Graham may have been referring to dance in her quotation above, but it certainly applies to writing as well. Indeed, it applies to any endeavor in life.

Do you have any favorite quotes, about writing or otherwise?

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