Margot Fonteyn Quotes

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Dancers are both athletes and artists.

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Ballet is more than a profession—it is a way of life.

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Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.

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If everyone knew how physically cruel dancing really is, nobody would watch—only those people who enjoy bull fights.

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"Jumping for joy" is a very basic human reaction, and a child skipping down the street is simply an untrained dancer.

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Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.  Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.

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The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.
— Margot Fonteyn

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The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous. Take your work seriously, but never yourself.