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

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.

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

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 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 think I got disappointed over the years about New York, about the States. You know, sometimes you go and visit Europe and see good old socialism in its good part! You see public concern about art, and young people's participation and young faces in the audience.

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