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Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes

Dancing is my obsession. My life.

The more injuries you get, the smarter you get.

I am not the first straight dancer or the last.

You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.

People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.

I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.

In the second part of life you get rid of stuff you've accumulated.

Although I don't gamble in life - I've never played poker - I do gamble on stage. I gamble with myself: 'Can I do this?'

Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him.

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.

I cannot stand authority.

I have the life of seven cats.

I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.

To walk across the street is a risk.

You see, dancers are quite mature people because they start performing so early. They become professionals when they start to take everyday classes.

I've always said, 'I am a selector, I am not defector' - the first few phrases in English I learned. I said I hate 'defector'; something defective about the people. It's a bad word.

Dances have a second and third life. You feel they are never ready. They always have a chance for another life.

I - you know, I'm not an actor.

I am not trying to do material which I cannot do full out.

I am teaching more. That is what I do best.