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
From the lecture "The Gradual Making of The Making of Americans", 1934-1935. Published by Random House, 1935: "... because after all I know I really do know that it can be done and if it can be done why do it."
“Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.”
To her pupils at Roanne in 1934. As reported in "Utopian pessimist: the life and thought of Simone Weil" (Poseidon Press, 1990) by David McLellan, p. 93
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.