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[ Also see Amusements Art Awkwardness Theatre ]

Once on a time, the wight Stupidity
  For his throne trembled,
    When he discovered in the brains of men
      Something like thoughts assembled,
        And so he searched for a plausible plan
          One of validity,--
            And racked his brains, if rack his brains he can
              None having, or a very few!
                At last he hit upon a way
                  For putting to rout,
                    And driving out
                      From our dull clay
                        These same intruders new--
                          This Sense, these Thoughts, these Speculative ills--
                            What could he do? He introduced quadrilles.
      - John Ruskin, The Invention of Quadrilles

We are dancing on a volcano.
      - Comte Narcisse Achille de Salvandy,
        at a fete given to the King of Naples

For yesterday and for all tomorrows, we dance the best we know.
      - Kate Seredy

They say that they have measured many a mile,
  To tread a measure with you on this grass.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Boyet at V, ii)

Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet,
  For you and I are past our dancing days.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Capulet at I, iv)

Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front,
  And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds
    To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
      He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
        To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at I, i)

When you do dance, I wish you
  A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do
    Nothing but that, move still, still so,
      And own no other function.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Perdita at IV, iv)

[Dancing is] a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
      - George Bernard Shaw, in the "Statesman"

While his off-heel, insidiously aside,
  Provokes the caper which he seems to chide.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Pizarro
         (the prologue)

Inconsolable to the minuet in Ariadne!
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Critic
         (act II, sc, 2)

But O, she dances such a way!
  No sun upon an Easter-day,
    Is half so fine a sight.
      - Sir John Suckling, A Ballad Upon a Wedding
         (st. 8)

I wish that I could marshall all the young to an appreciation of the fact that you have an earnest work in life and your amusements and recreations are only to help you along in that work.
      - Thomas De Witt Talmage

Social dissipation, as witnessed in the ball-room, is the abettor of pride, the instigator of jealousy, it is the sacrificial altar of health, it is the defiler of the soul, it is the avenue of lust and it is the curse of every town in America.
      - Thomas De Witt Talmage

What may we expect of people who work all day and dance all night? After a while they will be thrown on society nervous, exhausted imbeciles.
      - Thomas De Witt Talmage

They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than their head, and think to play the fool with reason.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Dance light, for my heart it lies under your feet, love.
      - John Francis Waller,
        Kitty Neil--Dance Light

And beautiful maidens moved down in the dance,
  With the magic of motion and sunshine of glance;
    And white arms wreathed lightly, and tresses fell free
      As plumage of birds in some tropical tree.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        Cities of the Plain (st. 4)

I love to go and mingle with the young
  In the gay festal room--when every heart
    Is beating faster than the merry tune,
      And their blue eyes are restless, and their lips
        Parted with eager joy, and their round cheeks
          Flush'd with the beautiful motion of the dance.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Jack shall pipe, and Jill shall dance.
      - George Wither (Whyther or Withers),
        Poem on Christmas

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