Sergei Diaghilev Quote
“Your Majesty, I am like you. I do no work. I do nothing, but I am indispensable.”
To King Alfonso of Spain, who asked: "You don't conduct an orchestra or play an instrument. You don't design the mise en scene, and you don't dance. What do you do?" - As reported in: Encyclopedia of World Biography: A-F (1987), p. 379
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (B. Tauchnitz, 1872), p. 227, "Sonnets from the Portuguese"
“Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
John Donne: Selections from Divine Poems, Sermons, Devotions, and Prayers (1990 edition), Paulist Press - ISBN: 9780809131600
Night Thoughts (1742-1745)
“Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. You in America will see that some day.”
to Edwin L James of the New York Times (1928)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsSergei Diaghilev
Born: March 31, 1872
Died: August 19, 1929 (aged 57)
Bio: Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, usually referred to outside of Russia as Serge, was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers and choreographers would arise.