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All Quotes by author - Mikhail Baryshnikov
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Choreographers use me as the old guy who still dances. Not that I put on white tights. "
" Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great. "
" Dance is one of the most revealing art forms. "
" Dancers are made, not born. "
" Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already. "
" Dances have a second and third life. You feel they are never ready. They always have a chance for another life. "
" Dancing is my obsession. My life. "
" Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important. "
" Everything I do, it's a bit painterly. I like being surrounded by objects, mostly on paper. I like the images. I like the painting. I like good photography. It's something that makes me an emotional connection, and I feel comfortable around it. "
" Film, theater and television always kind of scared me. I don't ever seriously think of myself as an actor at all, and I don't plan any film career or television career. "
" I adored my mother, and I will always have extraordinary memories about her and remember her, and she opened the doors for me to appreciate arts. "
" I am a performer. I go on stage and make a fool of myself. "
" I am not the first straight dancer or the last. "
" I am not trying to do material which I cannot do full out. "
" I am teaching more. That is what I do best. "
" I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans. "
" I cannot draw to save my life, and I'm not a big art scholar, but I worked with many designers throughout my career - in theater, in dance, costume designers, set designers, and I have a lot of artist friends and I do photography, and I think it's kind of in my life. "
" I cannot stand authority. "
" I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. "
" I don't drink milk, and I don't eat bread, pasta or rice. But I eat a lot of meat, chicken, fish and salads. "
" I don't go to a gym, I don't do yoga. I don't do personal training. "
" I don't see in myself any perfection. "
" I don't want to do anything Freudian. "
" I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people. "
" I fell in love with New York. "
" I fell in love with New York. It was like every human being, like any relationship. When I was a young New Yorker, it was one city. When I was a grown man, it was another city. I worked with many dance organizations and many wonderful people. "
" I found that dance, music, and literature is how I made sense of the world... it pushed me to think of things bigger than life's daily routines... to think beyond what is immediate or convenient. "
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