Some well-known quotes about ballet include Stephen King's discussion of ballet in "The Tailsman" and Edwin Derby's quote that a person doesn't have to know ballet in order to enjoy it. Kevin McKenzie also said that ballet chooses its dancers, rather than dancers choosing to specialize in ballet.
In "The Tailsman," King discusses the ballet dancer's effortless movement on stage. He goes on to discuss how hard ballet dancers work during practice without receiving praise. The writer says that ballet dancers hurt themselves, even kill themselves, for their beautiful craft, but that the ballet dancers experience joy because of the beauty of their work.
Similarly, Derby conveys that a person does not need special knowledge in order to appreciate ballet. Derby says that, "You don't have to know about Ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it." McKenzie offers a harsher take on ballet, saying that "I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around."