Mata Hari quotes

  • The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Dance #Movement

  • I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Winning #Sometimes #Enjoy

  • Death is nothing, nor life either, for that matter. To die, to sleep, to pass into nothingness, what does it matter? Everything is an illusion.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Sleep #Matter #Doe

  • I was not content at home. . . I wanted to live like a colorful butterfly in the sun.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Home #Butterfly #Sun

  • Everything is an illusion.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Illusion #Last Words

  • My dance is a sacred poem in which each movement is a word and whose every word is underlined by music. The temple in which I dance can be vague or faithfully reproduced, for I am the temple.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Dance #Sacred #Temples

  • I have encountered in this world riff-raff and good people. I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. But I beg you to believe me; I have never done an act of espionage against France. Never. Never.
    -- Mata Hari

    #Believe #Taken #Winning

  • When you dance and move around it creates a different reaction from the audience - they love it.

  • Many other women have kicked higher, balanced longer, or turned faster. These are poor substitutes for passion.

  • The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.

  • The choreographic process is exhausting. It happens on one's feet after hours of work, and the energy required is roughly the equivalent of writing a novel and winning a tennis match simultaneously.

  • Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.

  • But remember that intent is everything. One does not just jump, one lifts into the air, one rises. In the same way the lifted leg of an arabesque becomes a wing, and not a mechanical leverage like a raised trap door. This is the precise difference between dancing and acrobatics. The dancer tries to express something; the acrobat merely pulls, raises, stretches and grinds. The acrobat is lost in a web of muscles the dancer is all but invisible in projected idea.

  • A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.

  • For any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action. This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to the weight of the movement's voice.

  • Until the 1990s, there were few reliable observations about movement at the scale of the entire universe, which is the only scale dark energy effects. So dark energy could not be seen until we could measure things very, very far away.

  • Never, never, never join a movement that persecutes people because of their faith.