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"If I Could Tell You What It Means, There Would Be No Point Dancing It"...Your Favourite Quote?

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May 14, 2017 in Miscellaneous ♑ by Virginia (6,430 points)

Your favourite quote from someone you admire?

I love this one from Isadora Duncan (1877-1927); an innovator of free dance at a time classical ballerinas wore corsets, painful pointe shoes, and performed rigidly choreographed movements. She saw dancing (in bare feet and a skimpy Grecian tunic) as "the natural language of the soul will have become the movement of the body."


If I could tell you what it means, there would be no point dancing it.

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Rooster May 14, 2017
Virginia Rooster May 14, 2017

Rooster I went to YouTube and watched a couple of his songs...he himself was amazing, thank you.

Rooster Rooster May 14, 2017

@Virginia : Yes he was.

Virginia Rooster May 14, 2017

Rooster, I was actually thinking that from you, there would certainly be some marvelous words from one of those magnificent "soldiers to the bone," but maybe next time, remembering Marley was a delight...he died only 36 y/o...

Rooster Rooster May 14, 2017

@ Virginia : image

Rooster Rooster May 14, 2017

@Virginia: From "Chesty Puller, famous WW2 Marine.


Virginia Rooster May 14, 2017

Rooster, truly, only a bone-deep soldier could see it that way, Chesty Puller... It's marvelous!

And, I especially like this one with Halsey because...not even necessarily war, that's just life!

Marianne May 14, 2017


I can't just say that it is nice,

one has to read and taste it twice;

you can't just play and cast the dice,

waiting to catch the biggest mice;

too rare are those, who win the price,

millions toil for a bowl of rice.


There are no words - just some pictures

or silly rhymes, caught in strictures;

it is raining on my lectures -

they forgot about the structures:


All this beauty in the movement,

does not need any improvement!


Virginia Marianne May 14, 2017

SO beautiful, Marianne, thank you!

Marianne Marianne May 14, 2017

You're very welcome, Virginia.


Virginia Marianne May 14, 2017

Marianne...I am truly impressed by your verses! English is NOT your first language, and yet you use it so easily, even the poems seem to just flow...very nice...

Marianne Marianne May 15, 2017

Lol - thank you, Virginia, I am doing my best.

Inspiration doesn't always flow so easily (there are times in which I can't find words, and there are words which should not be used); I have to take notes, check a lot, compare, make drafts, review, etc., look into "false friends", naughty meanings of innocent looking words, the differences between U.K. and US expressions, and for forgotten terms, etc., and I am also doing exercises.


Virginia Marianne May 15, 2017

Ha ha, Marianne, yes me too, I am just terrible at "naughty meanings of innocent looking words," even after 72 years of English, very often I use them innocently and everybody gets it but me!

I once heard the term "mistress of the single entendre," well I think that is me...

Marianne Marianne May 15, 2017

Lol - that reminds me of some awkward moments, pronunciation problems, giggles at the wrong moment and misunderstandings - or how one can be fooled. Well, I can say that I was often trapped by too common words (and even now, I am not so sure if my language is decent enough). I might need to review quite a few things, including acronyms, and not in English alone. Lol.


Virginia Marianne May 15, 2017

Oh those acronyms, Marianne! Well I am glad we learned that new one right here on Solved, from Rooster...FUBAR...

Marianne Marianne May 17, 2017

Lol - and the most "pessimistically" hilarious is "beyond all repair".


TheOtherTink May 14, 2017

My current favorite is a quote attributed to Heisenberg:

"The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you"

Which inspired this unrhymed sonnet on my part:


O Lord, some say you don’t exist at all,

That all things visible, and more besides,

Once sprang from nothing, with no word from you.

I don’t believe that for a moment’s time,

Nor do I think that you created us

To live for just a fleeting span of years

To witness just the middle of a yet

Unfinished drama, with uncertain knowledge

Of the past, and less of what’s to come.

But no, this cannot be; you surely have

Much more in store for us than such a bleak

Existence, void of purpose, point or meaning.

And – down deep, I really must confess

I’m curious – what’s the sequel to this tale?

Marianne TheOtherTink May 14, 2017



TheOtherTink TheOtherTink May 14, 2017

Thank you, Marianne.  :blush: :)


Virginia TheOtherTink May 14, 2017

Hi O'Tink, I love the Heisenberg truth, now with some leisure I am truly enjoying YouTube presentations on quantum field theory - of which the HUP is SO basic! Also I appreciate that you share your poetic philosophy...

* I have actually been thinking of posting a religious question, asking for those who wish, to share their philosophy of life...on most sites, that would be certain to bring a firestorm. But with so few of us, and accustomed to just appreciating each others' differences, it might work very well here on SOLVED...

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink May 14, 2017

Hi, Virginia,

Sure, no problem with firestorms here.

But even with firestorms, it was fun to deal with them on SodaHead  :D

Marianne TheOtherTink May 15, 2017


You're very welcome, sweet T(h)inkerbell.



Angela_Anthony May 16, 2017

What can I say...imma hopeless romantic!image

Virginia Angela_Anthony May 16, 2017

Angela, Paulo of the alchemist! One of the lovers of our time, beautiful, thank you...

Angela_Anthony Angela_Anthony May 16, 2017

You're welcome!

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