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Quotes by twyla tharp - (37 quotes)

Twyla Tharp - From the Art category:

I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Audience category:

It is extremely arrogant and very foolish to think that you can ever outwit your audience. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Challenge category:

I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Change category:

More often than not, I've found, a rut is the consequence of sticking to tried and tested methods that don't take into account how you or the world has changed. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Concentration category:

Concentrate: you can't have it all. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Creativity category:

The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Discipline category:

You don't get into the mood to create – it's discipline. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Discipline category:

Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Education category:

The formal education that I received made little sense to me. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Energy category:

Energy and time are finite resources; conserving them is very important. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Excellence category:

I have not wanted to intimidate audiences. I have not wanted my dancing to be an elitist form. That doesn't mean I haven't wanted it to be excellent. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Fear category:

The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Focus category:

Later in life, one of the compensations is gliding effortlessly into focus in a thing. Since it is who we are, anything that is not the focus or supportive thereof is just not us. Even outside issues, when they arise, are interesting in that they only help define the focus more clearly. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Freedom category:

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Gender category:

In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women, as they are still today. A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Generosity category:

I cannot overstate how much a generous spirit contributes to good luck. Look at the luckiest people around you, the ones you envy, the ones who seem to have destiny falling habitually into their laps. If they're anything like the fortunate people I know, they're prepared, they're always working at their craft, they're alert, they involve their friends in their work, and they tend to make others feel lucky to be around them. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Goals category:

When creativity has become your habit; when you've learned to manage time, resources, expectations, and the demands of others; when you understand the value and place of validation, continuity, and purity of purpose, then you're on the way to an artist's ultimate goal; the achievement of mastery. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Greatness category:

I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission, and that's what I set out to do. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Habit category:

If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good work habits. They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Humour category:

I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Inspiration category:

Whether it's a painter finding his way each morning to the easel, or a medical researcher returning daily to the laboratory, the routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Joy category:

With each piece I've completed I have worked to make it intact, and each of them has been an equal high. It's like children. A mother refuses to pick out one as a favorite... (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Leadership category:

A tough manager will have realistic quotas for his employees that he keeps to himself and aggressively stretch quotas, anywhere from ten percent higher to a lot more, which he imposes on his staff. If his people miss the stretch numbers but exceed the realistic goals, he's happy. If he's a superb manager, he knows how far they can stretch without breaking. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Masters category:

Mastery is an elusive concept. You never know when you achieve it absolutely and it may not help you to feel you've attained it. We can recognize it more readily in others than we can in ourselves. We have to discover our own definition of it. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Modernism category:

There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Optimism category:

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Passion category:

Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Performance category:

The necessity to constantly turn in an excellent performance, to be absolutely wedded to this dedication and this ideal means that as a child you're going to pay for it personally. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Politics category:

I don't think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that's where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Power category:

Once you accept the power of spine in the creative act, you will become much more efficient in your creativity. You will still get lost on occasion, but having a spine will anchor you. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Profession category:

I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Questions category:

When you're in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Research category:

As is my wont, I did my research. I listened to all the recordings and I read everything about Bob I could find. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Routine category:

After so many years, I've learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. That's why writers, for example, like to establish routines for themselves. The most productive ones get started early in the morning, when the world is quiet, the phones aren't ringing, and their minds are rested, alert, and not yet polluted by other people's words. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Sleep category:

I think people want very much to simplify their lives enough so that they can control the things that make it possible to sleep at night. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Tyranny category:

I'm willing to be regarded as a tyrant to keep my vision intact. (Twyla Tharp)

Twyla Tharp - From the Work category:

Whenever I feel I'm working in a groove it's invariably because I feel I am being the benefactor in the situation rather than the beneficiary. I am sharing my art with others, lending my craft to theirs, interest-free with no IOU. (Twyla Tharp)