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 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “Working is living to me.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “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.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends. Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets, but that is what a dancer's work is.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “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.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “Dancing is my obsession. My life.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I am not the first straight dancer or the last.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “To walk across the street is a risk.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I can see one guy doing what we call an 'air flare' ... and I'll see 30 other individuals do the same move in a competition. Not one of those b-boys did anything to try to twist it and make it their own.”
 Mikhail Baryshnikov - “I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.”

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