It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.
Topics: Lawyers, Law
People do not live nowadays. They get about 10% out of life.
Topics: Life and Living
With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
Virtuous people are simply those who have not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them.
The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.
Topics: Dance, Dancing
What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.
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.
Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply, In my mother’s womb, probably as a result of the oysters and champagne – the food of Aphrodite.
Topics: Dance, Wine, Dancing
So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.
I had learned to have a perfect nausea for the theatre: the continual repetition of the same words and the same gestures, night after night, and the caprices, the way of looking at life, and the entire rigmarole disgusted me.
Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love—to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
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