Come and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastic toe. [ Milton ]
But O, she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter-day,
Is half so fine a sight. [ Sir John Suckling ]
No man in his senses will dance. [ Cicero ]
To brisk notes in cadence beating
Glance their many-twinkling feet. [ Gray ]
Come, knit hands, and beat the ground
In a light fantastic round. [ Milton ]
All are not merry that dance lightly. [ George Herbert ]
And the dancing has begun now,
And the dancers whirl round gaily
In the waltz's giddy mazes.
And the ground beneath them trembles. [ Heine ]
How calm - how beautiful comes on
The stilly hour, when storms have gone,
When warring winds have died away
And clouds, beneath the dancing ray
Melt off and leave the land and sea,
Sleeping in bright tranquillity. [ Moore ]
He has as many tricks as a dancing bear. [ Proverb ]
The harebells nod as she passes by,
The violet lifts its tender eye.
The ferns bend her steps to greet.
And the mosses creep to her dancing feet; [ Julia C. R. Dorr, Over The Wall ]
Those elegant delights of jig and vaulting. [ Elijah Fenton ]
The dancing pair, that simply sought renown,
By holding out, to tire each other down. [ Goldsmith ]
Brook! whose society the poet seeks,
Intent his wasted spirits to renew;
And whom the curious painter doth pursue
Through rocky passes, among flowery creeks.
And tracks thee dancing down thy waterbreaks. [ Wordsworth ]
Others import yet nobler art from France,
Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance. [ Pope ]
In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade,
Where cooling vapors breathe along the mead,
The patient fisher takes his silent stand.
Intent, his angle trembling in his hand;
With looks unmoved, he hopes the scaly breed.
And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed. [ Pope ]
Now the bright Morning-star, Day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flow'ry May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow Cowslip, and the pale Primrose. [ Milton ]
On with the dance! let joy be unconfined!
No sleep till morn, when youth and pleasure meet.
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet. [ Byron ]
Dance, laugh, and be merry; but be also innocent. [ Theodore Barriere ]
At last the golden oriental gate
Of greatest heaven began to open fair;
And Phoebus, fresh as bridegroom to his mate,
Came dancing forth shaking his dewy hair,
And hurled his glistering beams through gloomy air. [ Spenser ]
The tattler’s tongue is ever dancing a silly jig. [ Proverb ]
They love dancing well, that dance barefoot upon thorns. [ Proverb ]
Rejoicing at men's misfortunes is, in a degree, dancing at their funerals. [ Proverb ]
While his off-heel, insidiously aside. Provokes the caper which he seems to chide. [ Sheridan ]
Style seems to depend on three things:
1. a mental attitude and character,
2. a familiarity with the best authors,
3. dexterity in the use of words, acquired by constant practice.
So we must learn to speak by speaking, as we learn to walk by walking, or to dance by dancing. [ John Stuart Blackie, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]
Music is the metre of this poetic movement, and is an invisible dance, as dancing is a silent music. [ Richter ]
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 ]
Charity balls are a curse. The name is a subtle argument in favor of their existence, but if ever anything belied its name, it is a charity ball. [ Geo. F. Hall ]
Fashionable dances as now carried on are revolting to every feeling of delicacy and propriety and are fraught with the greatest danger to millions. [ Horace Bushnell ]
If you make a law against dancing-masters imitating the fine gentleman, you should with as much reason enact, that no fine gentleman shall imitate the dancing-master. [ Goldsmith ]
Well was it said by a man of sagacity that dancing was a sort of privileged and reputable folly, and that the best way to be convinced of this was to close the ears and judge of it by the eyes alone. [ Gotthold ]
Social dissipation, as witnessed in the ball-room, is the abettor of pride, the instigator of jealousv, 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 tower in America. [ Talmage ]