Gestures and Attitudes: An Exposition of the Delsarte Philosophy of Expression, Practical and Theoretical

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Lee and Shepard, 1891 - Delsarte system - 422 pages

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Page 321 - Your face, my thane, is as a book, where men May read strange matters : — to beguile the time, Look like the time ; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue : look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it.
Page 297 - Believe me, the talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, — without a thought of fame.
Page 158 - He who in earnest studies o'er his part Will find true nature cling about his heart. The modes of grief are not included...
Page 373 - Strife and appeals to law, but all in vain ; The genuine ring was not to be distinguished. The sons appealed to law, and each took oath Before the judge that from his father's hand He had the...
Page 21 - Realizing that he had been shipwrecked for want of a compass and pilot, he determined to save others from his fate by seeking and formulating the laws of an art hitherto left to the caprice of mediocrity, or the inspiration of genius. After years of unremitting labor and study — study which took him by turns to hospitals, morgues, asylums, prisons, art galleries, etc., patiently unearthing the secrets and methods of past genius — study which kept him enchained by the hour watching the children...
Page 306 - Three expressions are requisite for the formation of the Trinity, each presupposing and implying the other two. There must be absolute co-necessity between them. Thus, the three principles of our being, life, mind, and soul, form a trinity. Why? Because life and mind are one and the same soul, soul and mind are one and the same life, life and soul are one and the same mind.
Page 24 - ... beat, tears flowed from many eyes, and when the recital ended, enthusiastic shouts arose, as if Iphigenia in person had just recounted her terrors. After Delsarte had gathered so abundant a harvest of laurels, fate decided that he had lived long enough. When he had reached his sixtieth year, he was attacked by hypertrophy of the heart, which left his rich organization in ruins. He was no longer the artist of graceful, supple, expressive and harmonious movements ; no longer the thinker with profound...
Page 27 - You see, then, dear pupil, two things to observe: one, the life-power and energy; the other, the form proceeding therefrom, and most perfectly adapted to bring them into outward manifestation. What we produce is merely the form of what exists in our minds. Every stroke of the artist's brush is made within ere it glows on the canvas. In the actor, every accent, every inflection, every gesture, is but the outer reverberation of the still small voice within. The idea, as separate from the object, exists...
Page 371 - The intelligent man makes few gestures. To multiply gestures indicates a lack of intelligence. The face is the thermometer of intelligence. Let as much expression as possible be given to the face. A gesture made by the hand is wrong when not justified in advance by the face. Intelligence is manifested by the face.
Page 158 - Up to the face the quick sensation flies, And darts its meaning from the speaking eyes ; Love, transport, madness anger, scorn, despair, And all the passions, all the soul is there.

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