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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Dancer
Nation: American
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Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

Tags: Dancers, Great, Passion

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

Tags: Energy, Life, Time

We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

Tags: God, Learning, Living

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.

Tags: Fulfilled, Lost, Unique

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

Tags: Again, Faith, Means

'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.

Tags: Acceptance, Age, Maturity

First we have to believe, and then we believe.

Tags: Body, Cannot, Words

Nothing is more revealing than movement.

Tags: Movement, Revealing

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.

Tags: Cannot, Men, Why

Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.

Tags: Dance, Fever, Heart

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.

Tags: Fire, Men, Strong

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.

Tags: Others, Time, Times

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.

Tags: Body, Dance, Soul

Misery is a communicable disease.

Tags: Disease, Misery

Censorship is the height of vanity.

Tags: Censorship, Height, Vanity

The only sin is mediocrity.

Tags: Mediocrity, Sin

The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.

Tags: Art, Body, Dance

The body never lies.

Tags: Body, Lies

Learn by practice.

Tags: Learn, Practice

The body is a sacred garment.

Tags: Body, Health, Sacred

Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.

Tags: Act, Place, Theater

Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.

Tags: Dance, Small, Whole

To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that.

Tags: Architecture, Beautiful, Love

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being.

Tags: Flower, Human, Nature

A programming language is for thinking about programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen.

Tags: Language, Thinking, Thought

Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as 'suits'.

Tags: Business, Good, Ideas

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Empirically the way you get a product visionary as CEO is for him to found the company and not get fired.

Tags: Company, Found, Him

For the most ambitious young people, the corporate ladder is obsolete.

Tags: Ambitious, Corporate, Young

I suppose I should learn Lisp, but it seems so foreign.

Tags: Foreign, Learn, Seems

If you could replace high-school yearbooks, that could be a lot of money. It's so clearly waiting for someone to come along.

Tags: Money, Someone, Waiting

If you really understand something, you can say it in the fewest words, instead of thrashing about.

Tags: Fewest, Understand, Words

In the startup world, 'not working' is normal.

Tags: Normal, Working

Like having a child, running a startup is the sort of experience that's hard to imagine unless you've done it yourself.

Tags: Experience, Hard, Yourself

One startup I dream of funding is the one that kills the record companies.

Tags: Companies, Dream, Funding

Small-business customers are very conservative and very cheap. We don't have to explain ourselves for the most part.

Tags: Cheap, Explain, Ourselves

Some people just get what they want in the world.

Tags: Dubious, Often

There are plenty of smart people who get nowhere.

Tags: Nowhere, Plenty, Smart

We don't have to go that far to sell our beer because our immediate accounts sell so much. Places that sold 10 cases before, now they're selling 30.

Tags: Beer, Far, Places

You know your business model is broken when you're suing your customers.

Tags: Broken, Business, Model

Everyone by now presumably knows about the danger of premature optimization. I think we should be just as worried about premature design - designing too early what a program should do.

Tags: Design, Everyone, Knows

I get a lot of criticism for telling founders to focus first on making something great, instead of worrying about how to make money. And yet that is exactly what Google did. And Apple, for that matter. You'd think examples like that would be enough to convince people.

Tags: Focus, Great, Money

If you imagine someone with 100 percent determination and 100 percent intelligence, you can discard a lot of intelligence before they stop succeeding. But if you start discarding determination, you very quickly get an ineffectual and perpetual grad student.

Tags: Someone, Start, Student

It's hard to say exactly what it is about face-to-face contact that makes deals happen, but whatever it is, it hasn't yet been duplicated by technology.

Tags: Happen, Hard, Technology

What I tell founders is not to sweat the business model too much at first. The most important task at first is to build something people want. If you don't do that, it won't matter how clever your business model is.

Tags: Business, Matter, Tell

When Facebook first started, and it was just a social directory for undergrads at Harvard, it would have seemed like such a bad startup idea, like some student side project.

Tags: Bad, Idea, Social