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" If I see three oranges, I have to juggle. And if I see two towers, I have to walk. "
" When art in general, and film in particular, succeeds is when it pulls you away onto a voyage. Then it's a good film. "
" I am a thief of knowledge, and in a survival way, I had to solve all the problems around me. "
" You see, it's actually very good that a human activity is performed very close to death, because that's where life is. Life is, at its most valuable and most full, very close to the boundary of life. "
" I am a wire-walker. I can walk any time, anywhere - I'm indestructible. "
" I needed more knowledge in rigging and knotting. I started collecting books on knots and really learning more and more. That's how it started. And also in magic, of course. With a piece of rope, you can do magic. "
" On a very long and very high wire, I will not hope to not be blown off by high winds. I will have the certitude that such could not happen. "
" I've been arrested many times for illegal high wire walking and illegal street performing. "
" I've frowned at the idea of breaking records, the first one to do something, or do it longer, higher, more difficult. "
" 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. "
" Of course, the slightest little mistake on the wire will deprive me of my life, so in that sense, yes, it is a dangerous profession. You have to pay attention; if not, you will lose your life. "
" Right after my Twin Towers walk, I was approached by hundreds of people, and I said no to all the offers. I could have become a millionaire overnight, obviously, but I said no, and I continue to be uninterested. "
" To be able to create fully, it's maybe fine that you learn the rules, but you have to forget and to rebel against those rules. "
" I have been performing in the street for more than 50 years: magic for basically 60 years, and the high wire 45 years. The beauty of it is that it's never the same. It's never easy. And yet, part of my art is to make it look easy. "
" 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. "
" Faith is what replaces doubt in my dictionary. "
" It's very easy to walk on a wire if you spend a whole lifetime practicing for it. "
" I would like to continue to tell stories of what I did in a biographical way, so I will continue to write. "
" My first walk illegally at 20 years old was between the towers of Notre Dame. "
" As a high wire walker, I do not allow myself to 'leave the wire' during a performance. "
" On the high wire, within months, I'm able to master all the tricks they do in the circus, except I am not satisfied. "
" I didn't go to school much. I was thrown out of different schools, and my university is the street. "
" In my life, I wanted to meet certain people. I never met Charlie Chaplin, but I met Werner Herzog. "
" When I was learning by myself, despite my parents, despite my teachers, despite society, when I was fighting for building my life as a young wire walker at age 16, I didn't have feelings, I had certainties. "
" 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. "
" My time is always divided when I prepare for a wire walk. First I dream, technically and artistically, and then I go to work, and I am the master rigger, climbing trees and ladders and constructing. Only then I change my cap and become the performer. "
" Passion is the motto of all my actions. "
" When you are a young person, the world is yours. You can do the impossible. "
" I love or hate things straight away. I like to go directly to action to see the result. I think I must be difficult, but at the same time, it's not for me to say. "
" I started very early, from five or six years old, to climb. To climb trees, to climb rocks everywhere I could. At some point, of course, I used a rope. "
" 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. "