Tuesday, July 24, 2012

178. Acting is the color purple

Divine Dissatisfaction

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
That is translated through you into action
And because there is only one of you in all time,
This expression is unique.
If you block it, 
It will never exist through any other medium and be lost.
The world will not hear it. 

It is not your business to determine how good it is;
Nor how valuable it is;
Nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly,
To 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...

-Martha Graham, to Agnes Demille

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