Margot Fonteyn Quotes

Who the Heck is Margot Fonteyn?

Margaret Evelyn de Arias DBE, born Margaret Evelyn Hookham, known by the stage name Margot Fonteyn was an English ballerina.

Born May 18, 1919
Died February 21, 1991

Best 18 Quotes by Margot Fonteyn

“Ballet is more than a profession - it is a way of life.”

Margot Fonteyn

“Dancers are both athletes and artists.”

Margot Fonteyn

“Generally speaking, we are all happier when we are still striving for achievement than when the prize is in our hands.”

Margot Fonteyn

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

Margot Fonteyn

“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.”

Margot Fonteyn

“I explained it when I danced it.”

Margot Fonteyn

“I have never wanted to live to be old, so old I'd run out of friends or money.”

Margot Fonteyn

“I think perhaps I've learned to be myself. I have a theory that all artists who would be important - painters and writers - must learn to be themselves. It takes a very long time.”

Margot Fonteyn

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

Margot Fonteyn

“Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?”

Margot Fonteyn

“Life offstage has sometimes been a wilderness of unpredictables in an unchoreographed world.”

Margot Fonteyn

“Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time.”

Margot Fonteyn

“Take your work seriously, but never yourself.”

Margot Fonteyn

“the first night is the worst possible time to make a hard and fast criticism: the baby never looks its best on the day it is born.”

Margot Fonteyn

“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

“There is no way anything of value can be done without some framework. It might well be that the framework is discarded or the rules opposed; that is not important. What is essential is that they exist so that one knows when one is in opposition to them.”

Margot Fonteyn

“Traveling carries with it the curse of being at home everywhere and yet nowhere, for wherever one is some part of oneself remains on another continent.”

Margot Fonteyn

“When I left the stage door and sought my orientation among real people I was in a wilderness of unpredictables in an unchoreographed world.”

Margot Fonteyn