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Quotes of the Day for 16 July 2001 – Dance

Virginia Katherine McMath was born on this day in 1911 at Independence, Missouri. Her father had left the month before she was born but came back to kidnap her a year later. After her mother recovered the little girl they lived in Dallas and had many friends in vaudeville. After winning a Charleston contest Virginia made a career out of dance, using her nickname and her stepfather's surname, you remember her as Ginger Rogers.

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The quotes:

Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.
     - Laertius Diogenes

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
     - Edward Estlin Cummings, 1894 - 1962

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
     - Agnes De Mille, 1905 - 1993

While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.
     - Hans Bos

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
     - Robert Thaves, Frank and Ernest comic strip (1982)


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