Dancing Master: There’s nothing so necessary
to men as dancing.
Music Master: Without music, a state cannot
Dancing Master: Without the dance, a man can
Music Master: All the disorders, all the wars one
sees in the world happen only from not learning music.
Dancing Master: All the misfortunes of mankind, all the dreadful disasters that fill the history books, the blunders of politicians and the
faults of omission of great commanders, all this
comes from not knowing how to dance.
Monsieur Jourdain: How is that?
Music Master: Does not war result from a lack
of agreement between men?
Monsieur Jourdain: That is true.
Music Master: And if all men learned music,
wouldn’t that be a means of bringing about harmony and of seeing universal peace in the world?
Monsieur Jourdain: You are right.
Dancing Master: When a man has committed
a mistake in his conduct, in family affairs, or in
affairs of government of a state, or in the command of an army, do we not always say, “He
took a bad step in such and such an affair”?
Turquoise bowl with oud player and audience, Iran, late twelfth or early thirteenth century.