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Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)

No one can arrive from being talented
alone. 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.

To tend, unfailingly, unflinchingly, towards
a goal, is the secret of success.

If I can not dance, I shall die!

Success depends in a very large
measure upon individual initiative
and exertion, and cannot be achieved
except by a dint of hard work.

I danced from the moment I could stand.

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.

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.

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.