A Quote by Martha Graham

There is a vitality,
                   a life force,
                             an energy,
                                   a quickening
           that is translated through you into action
                   and because there is only one you in all of time,
                           this expression is unique.

And if you block it,
                   it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.
                             The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is
        nor how valuable,
                        nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly
                to keep the channel open.

You do not have to believe in yourself
                                   or your work.
                 You have to keep open and aware directly to
                             the urges that motivate you.
                                          Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased.
                 There is no satisfaction whatever, at any time.
        There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction,
                            a blessed unrest
                                                that keeps us marching
                                                            and makes us more alive
                                                                                       then the others.

                                                                         Martha Graham
                                                                                 to Agnes de Mille
                                                                                 in "Dance to the Piper"

Martha Graham

Contributed by: Kimberly