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20 Patrick Swayze Quotes on Dance, Life and Death

Patrick Swayze was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas. Swayze started his career as an aspiring dancer and later gained fame as a romantic lead actor in films during the 1980s. Well-known for his role in Dirty Dancing, Ghost and Point Break, he also appeared in films from a wide range of genres, gaining him three Golden Globe Awards nominations. Today, we honored the late Patrick Swayze with 20 things he said on dance, life and death: 

 

On dancing:

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"I found that dance was key to keeping depression out of my life. When you dance, things just go away, things don't seem so bad. There's no better way to take care of health than through something as joyous and beautiful as dance."

"There's just something about dance. It's like a primal thing in all of us."

"Dance is the pure language of the soul - it's been with us from the very beginning."

"The steps aren’t enough. Feel the music." -from Dirty Dancing

"I think what creates a winner is a person who can connect with their partner - another human being who can connect with their soul - it's not just learning steps, it's about expressing something. I've found in dancing all my life that I can release something as a dancer that I can't in any other way..."

 

On success:

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"What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what's thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going."

 

On determination:

"When you are a 'pit bull', and you love what you do and you are going to continue to grow, that talent will find its way out."

 

On moving on with life:

"How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you're a dead man? You go to work."

 

On handouts:

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"The way to screw up somebody's life is to give them what they want."

 

On fear:

"Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true."

 

On carrot and stick:

"Talent deserves to be honored. Hands deserve to be slapped if you do something stupid as well, but don't take it too far."

 

On living:

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"Feel what the wave is doing, then accept its energy." -from Point Break

"One thing I'm not going to do is chase staying alive. You spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won't live."

 

On death:

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"If I leave this Earth, I want to leave this Earth just knowing I've tried to give something back and tried to do something worthwhile with myself."

"When those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live. You make a commitment that you're going to take whatever lesson that person or animal was trying to teach you, and you make it true in your own life... It's a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself."

 

On his guardian angels:

"Talent deserves to be honored. Hands deserve to be slapped if you do something stupid as well, but don't take it too far."

 

On keeping an open mind:

"I keep my heart and my soul and my spirit open to miracles."

 

On films:

"Sometimes a movie encapsulates a period or a moment in all of our lives in such a way that it never dies."

 

On love scenes:

"What's powerful about a love scene is not seeing the act. It's seeing the passion, the need, the desire, the caring, the fear."

 

On the rules of engagement:

"All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice." -from Road House (1989)

 

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