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Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes

I cannot stand authority.

I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.

I go a lot to see young people downtown in little theaters. It's great. If you start somebody's career, it's so exciting.

I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.

Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important.

A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought.

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

Your body actually reminds you about your age and your injuries - the body has a stronger memory than your mind.

I fell in love with New York.

My father was a Party member and he was a pretty high rank military officer under the colonel, junior colonel, I don't know the term. He was a total Stalinist. A bit with a streak of anti-Semitism and very shrewd man, a very kind of nervous man.

We lived, until I was 12 or so, in communal apartment with five different families and the same kitchen, in two little - my brother and me and my parents. It was hell, but it was a common thing. My father was not general or admiral, but he was colonel. He was teaching in military academy military topography.

To achieve some depth in your field requires a lot of sacrifices. Want to or not, you're thinking about what you're doing in life-in my case, dancing.

Dancing is my obsession. My life.

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

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.

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

I have made mistakes.