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Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes

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 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.

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.

I have made mistakes.

I like to make my own mistakes.

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.

Running a company is pretty demanding.

The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends. Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis.

Your heart is very much connected to your mind.

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.

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

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.

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

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.