Fred Astaire

1899 - 1987

A Quote by Fred Astaire on swinging, life, down, and depression

If your gonna go down, go down swinging!

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

Source: -Fred Astaire

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on mistakes and style

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on emptiness

I am not sending messages with my feet. All I ever wanted was not to come up empty. I did it for the dough and the old applause.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on acting and respect

We attend to his later performances as a dramatic actor with respect, but watching the nondancing, nonsinging Astaire is like watching a grounded skylark.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

Source: Vincent Canby, recalled on Astaire's death; in New York Times, 23 June 1987.

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on children, manners, courtesy, and emulation

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on dance

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I don't want to be the oldest performer in captivity. . . . I don't want to look like a little old man dancing out there.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

Source: On why he stopped dancing professionally at age 71, recalled on his death 22 June 1987

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on age and success

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

Source: Older & Wiser, ed. by G. B. Dianda and B. J. Hofmayer, 1995.

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on dance and time

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This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn't want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

Source: Words of Wisdom, by Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1989.

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on dance, desires, and justice

I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

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A Quote by Fred Astaire on dance and jobs

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Dancing is a sweat job.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

Source: Recalled on his death 22 June 1987

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