The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.
As quoted in in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations? (1988) by James Beasley Simpson; also quoted in Running on Empty: Meditations for Indispensable Women (1992) by Ellen Sue Stern, p. 235
What a beautiful step! I shall never be able to do it.Margot Fonteyn
Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.Margot Fonteyn
Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the very first time.Margot Fonteyn
Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.Margot Fonteyn