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 John Guare - “Two Gentlemen”
 John Guare - “The life of a dancer is tragically short. What is remarkable about the New York City Ballet is that it makes us forget that. Because it keeps the ballet alive.”
 John Guare - “People go to see beautiful paintings to see how much they cost. Wow. The practical value is that it shows you what the human spirit can do.”
 John Guare - “I think of the New York City Ballet as the Yankees without George Steinbrenner.”
 John Guare - “I mean New York City is the financial capital of the world. It's where all the money passes through, the Dow Jones, whatever, that's where all the money goes.”
 John Guare - “I believe that the New York City Ballet, its practical value is that it's about expansion of human possibilities. It's about healing. It's about food.”
 John Guare - “However, the moral center of New York City, I believe, is the New York City Ballet.”
 John Guare - “Does any art have a practical value People love to talk about how expensive a painting is. That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.”
 John Guare - “And what would be great numbers in a Broadway show are now on stage of the New York City Ballet.”
 John Guare - “And we remember it as it was when we first saw Maria Tallchief or Suzanne Farrell in it. And now it's Wendy Whelan, it's tomorrow's dancer.”
 John Guare - “And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life - it lives in the constant present.”
 John Guare - “All the New York City Ballet does is hit beautiful home runs.”
 John Guare - “The weirdest thing was that we rehearsed in the exact same room we rehearsed in 34 years ago, ... When I went into the washroom and looked in the mirror, I thought, 'Who is this white-haired guy'”
 John Guare - “Mel said, 'Just make it your own.' And she said, 'I'll kiss each several paper for amends. Aye, mira, here is writ 'kind Julia.' Mel and I just looked at each other - 'There's the show.'”
 John Guare - “We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word”
 John Guare - “The cast, headed by Raul Julia as Proteus, was painstakingly multiracial. The idea was to have someone to represent every neighborhood in New York, ... great separatism ... we wanted to have the spirit of the city where we all have to live together.”
 John Guare - “The ballet makes us look at those bodies, it makes us listen to that music, it makes us wonder at the geometry, of the way they come together. The way that extraordinary space is controlled and given such emotional force.”
 John Guare - “Does the New York City Ballet affect other places Yeah, it lets people know they should come to New York.”
 John Guare - “That's why Puccini's work is so alive - because he creates such extraordinary pieces of theater. It's not dependent on personality.”
 John Guare - “Avoiding humiliation is the core of tragedy and comedy.”
 John Guare - “the little children that their favorite song is Taps.”
 John Guare - “I think that every year that the New York City Ballet is alive is worthy of celebration. Because otherwise the terrible thing is just that we take it for granted.”
 John Guare - “We just didn't care,”
 John Guare - “Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.”
 John Guare - “The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it's about listening, it's about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.”

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