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Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes

I like to make my own mistakes.

I miss horribly those couple of hours before the performance when you get into the theater and you see people.

I spend at least a couple hours a day in the studio, every day, whether I'm dancing or not.

I would like to go and dance in Palestine one day, with great pleasure, great pleasure.

I'm a news junkie.

It's weird when you see pieces of choreography that were done for you 15 or 20 years ago and now they are being done by another dance company.

My mother had a son from previous marriage and her husband died in Second World War.

Nothing is ever too expensive if it furthers the repertoire and artistic standards of a dance company.

When I see people on the street, I look at how they walk. It's like a signature, a fingerprint.

Your heart is very much connected to your mind.

I was very restless. I really wanted to be a part of a kind of a progressive society. I was fed up with these Communist doctrines and you were hassled all the time with members of the Party committee who were KGB, what you have to do, where in the West you can go or not to go.

I remember vividly seeing 'Tarzan' and Fred Astaire, the Chaplin films, Fred Astaire musicals, MGM, because of my mother. She was just interested in everything and she took me to opera and ballet, and then ballet got me hooked.

Soviet regime in a way deprived me from my childhood in my homeland, because my father was in military, and after the Yalta agreement he was sent to teach in military academy in Riga, and I was born then.

Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already.

I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.

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.

I like to go to anybody else's birthday, and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care.

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