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The Luckiest Dance student

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech on July 4, 1939

 

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.

“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.

“So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

 

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Dante Alighieri & Dance

“If you dance, you dance because you have to.
Every dancer hurts, you know.”

– Katherine Dunham

“Homer is new this  morning and nothing is so old as yesterday’s newspaper”  -Charles Peguy.

The Divine Comedy.   Inferno: Canto IV vss 45-8 (Singleton translation)

“Tell me, master, tell me sir,’ I began, wishing to be assured of the faith that conquers every error.”

Canto II vss,  121-142

What then is this? Why, why do you hold back? Why do you harbour such cowardice in your heart? Why are you not bold and free, when in Heaven’s court three such blessed ladies are mindful of you, and my words pledge you so great a good?

As little flowers bent down and closed by chill of night, straighten and all unfold upon their stems when the sun brightens them, such in my faint strength did I become; and so much good courage rushed to my heart that I began as one set free, ‘Oh, how compassionate was  she who helped me, and how courteous were you, so quick to obey the true words she spoke to you!  By your words you have made me so eager to come with you that I have returned to my first resolve.  Now on for a single will is in us both; you are my leader, you my master and my teacher.”

So I said to him, and when he moved on, I entered along the deep and savage way.”


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Quotes from Martha Graham and Don Quixote

“There are three steps you have to complete
to become a professional dancer: learn to dance, learn to perform
and learn how to cope with injuries.”
– D. Gere

 

“It takes ten years, usually, to make a dancer.
It takes ten years of handling the instrument,
handling the material with which you are dealing,
for you to know it completely.”

– Martha Graham

 

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. First Part, Chapter XXX

“Do you think, he said after a while, base wretch, that you will always be able to treat me with disrespect, that it will always be a matter of your erring and my forgiving ? You are mistaken, depraved villain, something you undoubtedly are since you dare speak ill of the incomparable Dulcinea. Do you not realize, you coarse contemptible  ruffian, that if it were not for the valor she inspires in my arm, I should not have the strength to kill a flea? Tell me, insidious viper’s tongue, who do you think has won this kingdom and cut off the head of this giant and made you a marquis, all of which I consider already accomplished, concluded and finished, if not the valor of Dulcinea, wielding my arm as the instrument  of her great deeds? In me she does combat, and in me she conquers and I live and breathe in her, and have life and being.   Oh, foul whoreson!  What an ingrate you are, for you see yourself raised from the dust of the earth to be a titled lord, and you respond to this great benefit by speaking ill of the one who performed it for you.!”


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Patroclus Fights and Dies

I  love the opening 13 verses from Book 16 in The Iliad,  Robert Fagles translation.

 

“So they fought to the death around that benched beaked ship

as Patroclus reached Achilles, his great commander,

and wept warm tears like a dark spring running down

some desolate rock face, its shaded currents flowing.

And the brilliant runner Achilles saw him coming,

filled with pity and spoke out winging words:

‘Why in tears, Patroclus?

Like a girl, a baby running after her mother,

begging to be picked up, and she tugs her skirts,

holding  back as she tries to hurry off—all tears,

fawning up at her, till she takes her in her arms…

That’s how you look, Patroclus, streaming live tears.

But why? Some news for the Myrmidons, news for me?'”


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Dancing Quotes

“Technique – bodily control – must be mastered
only because the body must not stand in the way
of the soul’s expression.”

– La Meri

it is not important if you dance badly.  Just dance.
A dancer who is great does not give  thanks to their
technique but to their passion.
-Martha graham