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Ninette de Valois Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Ninette de Valois.

Somebody must always be doing something new,
or life would get very dull.
- Ninette de Valois

Nearly everything in life goes in threes and fours.
- Ninette de Valois

It's either not good enough and dies altogether,
or it develops.
- Ninette de Valois

There's nothing in the world that isn't good,
bad, and indifferent.
- Ninette de Valois

 

So it takes years to make a solid company.
- Ninette de Valois

Classical ballet will never die.
- Ninette de Valois

First of all, the most important, that is to learn
everything good that has survived from other times,
and carefully to watch the bad - and throw it out.
- Ninette de Valois

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The best way to study is to go to the Cecchetti method
for about a year and draw onto all the highest points
and then put that into the general method.
- Ninette de Valois

As time goes on, all schools only get left alive if
they have found something special themselves.
- Ninette de Valois

God gave us all exactly the same fingers,
arms, legs, and feet, but in our different countries
we divided them all a little differently as we feel it,
do you understand?
- Ninette de Valois

All the children in the school should learn the steps of everything,
before they learn the thing, then they know which step they're doing better,
because your voice is in certain steps and has to do
most of the things that have been composed in those steps.
- Ninette de Valois

Hardly any generation wants to take the whole of the last generation,
it just wants to take its best bits.
- Ninette de Valois

Oh yes, after the war, and we were all starving -
we had no proper food or anything -
no proper shoes.
- Ninette de Valois

Also, if you have an accident, you can't start to dance again at the top,
you're too weak; you start with the easy things -
the way you did them when you were young,
and come up up up, the way you did then.
- Ninette de Valois

Well, I mean, we are developing the other parts,
and we can't give quite all our attention to the upper part,
but soon the lower parts will be developed,
and the upper part and the lower part will become partners,
that will be wonderful.
- Ninette de Valois

Oh yes, technique has definitely advanced.
But you never advance without losing something en passant,
and you lose it because you're paying so much attention to the new thing.
- Ninette de Valois

And then you have the classical ballerinas,
they're like sopranos.
Applied to the dance.
- Ninette de Valois

Exactly the same with dancing, you can't dance until you've learnt steps,
the things your feet can do.
- Ninette de Valois

There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev.
He had a wonderful influence.
- Ninette de Valois

You can't stop what comes into a country,
you can be influenced, but you can't stop it,
you shouldn't, because it makes all the others interesting,
we all get muddled up together, and produce something
that belongs to everyone.
- Ninette de Valois

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

Give somebody a gold star - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance,
but with somebody else.
- Mae West

The secret of success is to find a need and fill it,
to find a hurt and heal it,
to find somebody with a problem
and offer to help solve it.
- Robert H. Schuller

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard,"
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
- Sydney Harris

Truth cannot be defined,
although it can certainly be experienced.
But experience is not a definition.
A definition is made by the mind,
experience comes through participating.
If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it?
But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
God is the ultimate dance.
- Osho

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Immortality is a long shot, I admit.
But somebody has to be first.
- Bill Cosby

The person who you're with most in life is yourself
and if you don't like yourself,
you're always with somebody you don't like.
- Marc S. Lewis

The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake.
- the movie The Little Mermaid (1989)

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

I have six locks on my door all in a row.
When I go out, I lock every other one.
I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks,
they are always locking three.
- Elayne Boosler

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The most difficult thing in the world
is to know how to do a thing
and to watch somebody else doing it wrong,
without comment.
- Theodore. H. White

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays,
including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
- Ellen Glasgow

About the time we can make the ends meet,
somebody moves the ends.
- Herbert Hoover

Somebody hits me, I'm going to hit him back.
Even if it does look like he hasn't eaten in a while.
- Charles Barkley

Reminds me of my safari in Africa.
Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days
we had to live on nothing but food and water.
- W. C. Fields

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're
playing by somebody else's rules,
while quietly playing by your own.
- Michael Korda

Some guys say beauty is only skin deep.
But when you walk into a party, you don't see somebody's brain.
The initial contact has to be the sniffing.
- James Caan

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

Make yourself necessary to somebody.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Home is our sanctuary, where we:
relax into being ourselves,
play with our inner child,
paint the walls green and pink,
dig in the dirt,
grow something,
love somebody else,
love ourselves even more,
snuggle with a warm blanket on a Sunday afternoon,
hang "go away" on the door whenever we want,
clean and tidy often... or never,
launch from and return to,
are truly ourselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll
show you somebody who has never achieved much.
- Joan Collins

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

The hardest thing to believe about The Fan is not that
Robert De Niro is stalking somebody again but that
anyone cares that much about a baseball player.
- Bernie Lincicome

Law of Contrariness:
Our chief want in life is somebody
who shall make us do what we can.
Having found them, we shall then hate them for it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is what you've been through with somebody.
- James Thurber

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself.
Everybody should try it.
- Barbara Pym

Do something for somebody everyday
for which you do not get paid.
- Albert Schweitzer

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
- Carter Glass

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody
that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
- David Byrne

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate.
Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan

If somebody invented cigarettes today,
the government would not legalize them.
- Loni Anderson

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
- George S. Patton

It's a delight to trust somebody so completely.
- Jeff Goldblum

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less
intelligence and more sense than we have.
- Don Herold

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody
in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution
is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler

What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream?
- Woody Allen

Look at me, I'm getting defensive about something that
happened so many years ago,
somebody said.
I'll have to find out who that was and if he's still alive.
- Paul Reubens

It's a terrific privilege to be able to see into somebody else's life.
- Helen Garner

One time when somebody showed up in a wedding dress,
but I never knew if it was a joke, or she was serious.
She asked me to marry her.
She was serious.
It was pretty funny.
- Bryan White

I'd rather be lonely than happy with somebody else.
- Gus Kahn

I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old.
- Ethel Merman

You just watch somebody you love slowly,
slowly disappear and go away.
- Michael Reagan

On the road we're somebody else's guests -
and we play in a way that they're not going to forget we visited them.
- Knute Rockne

When you can hear a violinist, that is better than you,
then you learn from him, because if you play with somebody who is worse than you,
then you go down.
- Ruggiero Ricci


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