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“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”
Isadora Duncan, Isadora Speaks: Uncollected Writings and Speeches of Isadora Duncan
“It has taken me years of struggle, hard work, and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.”
Isadora Duncan
“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it”
Isadora Duncan
“Now I am going to reveal to you something which is very pure, a totally white thought. It is always in my heart; it blooms at each of my steps... The Dance is love, it is only love, it alone, and that is enough... I, then, it is amorously that I dance: to poems, to music but now I would like to no longer dance to anything but the rhythm of my soul.”
Isadora Duncan
“For I was never able to understand, then or later on, why, if one wanted to do a thing, one should not do it. For I have never waited to do as I wished. This has frequently brought me to disaster and calamity, but at least I have the satisfaction of getting my own way.”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“Any woman or man who would write the truth of their lives would write a great work. But no one has dared to write the truth of their lives.”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“Oh Woman, come before us, before our eyes longing for beauty, and tired of the ugliness of civilization, come in simple tunics, letting us see the line and harmony of the body beneath, and dance for us. Dance us the sweetness of life. Give us again the sweetness and the beauty of the true dance, give us again the joy of seeing the simple unconscious pure body of a woman. Like a great call it has come, and women must hear it and answer it.”
Isadora Duncan, The Art of the Dance
“Many women to whom I have preached the doctrine of freedom have weakly replied, 'But who is to support the children?' It seems to me that if the marriage ceremony is needed as a protection to insure the enforced support of children, then you are marrying a man who, you suspect, would under certain conditions, refuse to support his children, and it is a pretty low-down proposition. For you are marrying a man whom you already suspect of being a villain. But I have not so poor an opinion of men that I believe the greater percentage of them to be such low specimens of humanity.”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“Movements are as eloquent as words.”
Isadora Duncan
“I have only danced my life. As a child I danced the spontaneous joy of growing things. As an adolescent, I danced with joy turning to apprehension of the first realisation of tragic undercurrents; apprehension of the pitiless brutality and crushing progress of life.”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“These people seemed so enwrapped in snobbishness and the glory of being rich that they had no art sense whatever.”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“I hope that schools have changed since I was a little girl. My memory of the teaching of the public schools is that it showed the brutal incomprehension of children.”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“I bring you the dance. I bring you the idea that is going to revolutionise our entire epoch. Where have I discovered it? By the Pacific Ocean, but the waving pine-forests of Sierra Nevada. I have seen the ideal figure of youthful American dancing over the top of the Rockies. The supreme poet of our country is Walt Whitman. I have discovered the dance that is worthy of the poem of Walt Whitman. I am indeed the spiritual daughter of Walt Whitman. For the children of America I will create a new dance that will express America. I bring to your theatre the vital soul that it lacks, the soul of the dancer. For you know...that the birth of the theatre was the dance, that the first actor was the dancer. He danced and sang. That was the birth of the tragedy, and until the dancer in all his spontaneous great art returns to the theatre, your theatre will not live in its true expression!”
Isadora Duncan, My Life
“I see only the ideal. But no ideals have ever been fully successful on this earth.”
Isadora Duncan
“Adieu, mes amis. Je vais à la gloire.
Farewell my friends. I go to glory.

Isadora Duncan's last words before her scarf caught in a car wheel, breaking her neck.”
Isadora Duncan
“La danza è l’eterno risorgere del Sole.”
Isadora Duncan
“Don't let them tame you.”
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