Tango Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tango quotes, tango sayings, and tango proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There's something about the tango that brings even more emotion out of the lyrics.     

Ruben Blades

Tango is about feeling and sensitivity, otherwise you are just doing gymnastics. You can do all the steps but it has to have the feeling and sensitivity of authentic tango.     

Carlos Gavito

The secret of tango is in this moment of improvisation that happens between step and step. It is to make the impossible thing possible: to dance silence.     

Carlos Gavito

The beginning and the end of the tango is the walk.     

Robert Duvall

The tango is a direct expression of something that poets have often tried to state in words: the belief that a fight may be a celebration.     

Jorge Luis Borges

When you dance tango fast, you have to think slow.     

Robert Duvall

Tango is serious and takes discipline. It must be studied hard to be done well. It is elegant, formal, passionate and intimate. It is about power and vulnerability. It is both dance and metaphor. And to its captives becomes a magnificent obsession     

Janny Scott