I think Tolstoy had an unbelievably complicated relationship with women.
Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
I had always seen myself as a star; I wanted to be a galaxy.
To survive, you've got to keep wheedling your way. You can't just sit there and fight against odds when it's not going to work. You have to turn a corner, dig a hole, go through a tunnel - and find a way to keep moving.
In dreams, anything can be anything, and everybody can do. We can fly, we can turn upside down, we can transform into anything.
Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.
Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways.
Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
I look for dancers who have all the technique in the world. But they must be dancers who are open-minded, who are willing to forget that they know anything. They also have to be gorgeous; they must have a clear image of themselves and strong personalities.
I don't hate language. I have my own language, but I also enjoy the English language. Obviously, you don't read a lot of literature and not care about language.
My mother was the first woman in the county in Indiana where we were born, in Jay County, to have a college degree. She was educated as a pianist and she wanted to concertize, but when the war came she was married, had a family, so she started teaching.
I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury.
The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.
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