Selected Anna Pavlova Quotations
• The right to happiness is fundamental.
• When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.
• To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater. It lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.
• What exactly is success? For me it is to be found not in applause, but in the satisfaction of feeling that one is realizing one's ideal.
• Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.
• As is the case in all branches of art, success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by dint of hard work.
• No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.
• God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius.
• Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits.
• [Last words of Anna Pavlova] "Get my swan costume ready." Then "Play that last measure softly."
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2009. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
Jone Johnson Lewis. "Anna Pavlova Quotes." About Women's History. URL: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/anna_pavlova.htm . Date accessed: (today). (More on how to cite online sources including this page)