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“[Preparing to meet a firing squad in 1917:] Life is an illusion.”
“I have encountered in this world riff-raff and good people. I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. But I beg you to believe me; I have never done an act of espionage against France. Never. Never.”
“My dance is a sacred poem in which each movement is a word and whose every word is underlined by music. The temple in which I dance can be vague or faithfully reproduced, for I am the temple.”
“[To a sobbing religious accompanying her to her execution:] Do not cry. Be cheerful like me. Imagine that I am going on a long journey, that I will return and we will find each other again.”
“With every veil I threw off, my success rose. Pretending to consider my dances very artistic and full of character, thus praising my art, they came to see nudity ...”
Mata Hari, Dutch dancer, alleged spy
(1876 - 1917)
Real name: Gertrud Margaretha Zelle MacLeod.