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All Quotes by author - Philippe Petit
" An intellectual challenge presents itself? I am in bliss. Instantly, it brings forth the notion of triumph. "
" Art is maybe a subversive activity. There is a certain rebellion when you are an artist at heart, even if only in the art of living. "
" As a high wire walker, I do not allow myself to 'leave the wire' during a performance. "
" As I'm studying magic, juggling is mentioned repeatedly as a great way to acquire dexterity and coordination. Now, I had long admired how fast and fluidly jugglers make objects fly. So that's it. I'm 14; I'm becoming a juggler. "
" Certainly, in the story of my life, the walk between the Twin Towers was one of the grandest, one of the most memorable, but not solely the grandest and the most memorable. "
" Death frames the high wire. But I don't see myself as taking risks. I do all of the preparations that a non-death seeker would do. "
" Everybody wanted me to be rich and famous on my art. And I said no to all the commercials and all the seedy offers. "
" Every year, I am conscious of the anniversary of my 1974 World Trade Center walk. "
" Faith is what replaces doubt in my dictionary. "
" Fame was never something I was seeking in my artistic journey. It's to be used as a tool for an artist to break open doors and keep creating. That's how I enjoyed fame in '74; it was not just for the emptiness of being famous. "
" For me, since I have a life wish, not a death wish, for me, I was not gambling my life. I was doing something much more beautiful. I was carrying my life across. "
" For years, I have been working on crossing the Grand Canyon. Actually, there is nobody who says 'no,' but since this is a project that comes from me and not a commission, I have to find the money, plan the logistics, etcetera. "
" How could I share with you how I felt when two towers that I loved, two pieces of steel and glass and concrete fell down, when actually they took with them thousands of human lives? That is the actual tragedy. But those towers were almost human for me. I was in love with them, and that's why I married them with a tight rope. "
" I am a thief of knowledge, and in a survival way, I had to solve all the problems around me. "
" I am a wire-walker. I can walk any time, anywhere - I'm indestructible. "
" I am fascinated by the engineering. The science of constructing and understanding why it stands. And I am drawn by the madness, the beauty, the theatricality, the poetry and soul of the wire. And you cannot be a wire-walker without mingling those two ways of seeing life. "
" I am not up there by chance. I am there by choice. And I know the wire. And I know my limits. And I am a madman of details. "
" I am the poet of the high wire - I never do stunts; I do theatrical performances. "
" I did a walk in 1973 illegally in the northern side of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. "
" I didn't go to school much. I was thrown out of different schools, and my university is the street. "
" If a leaf fell from a tree, I'd stop juggling and play with the leaf. I went to my prop bag and got a little bandage and stuck the leaf back on the tree. People loved it. "
" If I am practicing on the wire, and you pushed me, I would not move, and if you take a piece of wood and beat me up on the shoulder and the head, I would not move. You would not put me out of balance. You would not be able to. I am solid as granite when I am on the tight rope, and I should be. "
" If I had been born in the circus, my parents would have pushed me on that little high wire at four years old. That's when the body is most limber to learn those acrobatics. "
" If I have to make a self-portrait, I would put poetry and rebellion on the list. To be able to walk on a wire, to be able to juggle six hoops, you need focus, another word for tenacity, which is passion. "
" If I see three oranges, I have to juggle. And if I see two towers, I have to walk. "
" I focus, I invent, I transform, I challenge, I attempt, I observe, I perform. "
" I found out that total creativity involves a certain intellectual rebellion - not to become a criminal, but somehow. to be totally creating, you have to do things that are a little bit forbidden. You have to feel free, and we know freedom is a hard thing to get. "
" If you see how carefully I prepare for any kind of walk, legal or illegal, small or big, you will see that, actually, I narrow the unknown to virtually nothing. And that's when I am ready to walk on the wire. "
" I hate all electronic things that are supposed to help the human being. You don't smell, you don't hear, you don't touch anymore. "
" I have a fear of water, believe it or not. To put a wire 12 feet over a swimming pool frightens me. I don't like water. "
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