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    Does the New York City Ballet affect other places? Yeah, it lets people know they should come to New York.
    — John Guare
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: wonder  body  space  emotional  music 
     
    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
    tags: people  painting 
     
    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.
    — John Guare
    We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word?
    — John Guare
    tags: live  world  bad 
     
    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.
    — John Guare
    I wanted to be a Bride of Christ but I guess now I'm a young divorcee.
    — John Guare
    tags: young  christ 
     
    I think of the New York City Ballet as the Yankees without George Steinbrenner.
    — John Guare
    I only do business with the people I do business with. The people I do business with find out I do business with the people I don't do business with.... I can't do business with you.
    — John Guare
    tags: people  business 
     
    The rich live hand-to-mouth too-just on a higher level.
    — John Guare
    tags: live 
     
    Every play is so important. It's a record of what life was like at the time you wrote that play or that book.
    — John Guare
    tags: time  book 
     
    What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms, two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart. The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body, what that can do
    — John Guare
    tags: heart  human  body  eyes  possibility 
     
    The imagination says listen to me. I am your darkest voice. I am your 4 a.m. voice. I am the voice that wakes you up and says this is what I'm afraid of. Do not listen to me at your peril.... The imagination is not our escape. On the contrary, the imagination is the place we are all trying to get to.
    — 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
    Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.
    — John Guare
    tags: business 
     
    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
    tags: year 
     
    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
    The only riots were the people trying to get tickets.
    — John Guare
    tags: people 
     
    Avoiding humiliation is the core of tragedy and comedy.
    — John Guare
    tags: comedy  tragedy 
     
    I don't think about taking a risk. I think about how far can I go. How can I make myself. What are the risks I must create.
    — John Guare
    tags: risk 
     
    Feydeau's one rule of playwriting: Character A: My life is perfect as long as I don't see Character B. Knock Knock. Enter Character B.
    — John Guare
    tags: character  rules 
     
    It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.
    — John Guare
    tags: tomorrow 
     
    We're all where we come from. We all have our roots.
    — John Guare
    The power of the past to still dominate our thinking today.
    — John Guare
    tags: power  past  thinking 
     
    1975 is as much a historical document as 1803.
    — John Guare
    tags: historical 
     
    You can't be a sort of pioneer.
    — John Guare
    I'm an American playwright. Tennessee Williams got in all our DNA.
    — John Guare
    tags: dna  american 
     
    Eugene O'Neil created an American theater, and Tennessee Williams taught it how to sing.
    — John Guare
    tags: american 
     
    There's no such thing as a perfect play. Sometimes you have to protect the life of the play.
    — John Guare
    People rewrite the play so much to make it palatable to the audience, to make something clear, that they just deaden it. Like it was left it in the oven too long.
    — John Guare
    tags: people 
     
    The Atlantic Ocean was something then.
    — John Guare
    tags: ocean 
     
    I'm sure there are some good dramaturgs but I've never worked with one.
    — John Guare
    I believe that the imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world. I believe the imagination is another phrase for what is most uniquely us.
    — 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
    tags: world  money  financial 
     
    However, the moral center of New York City, I believe, is the New York City Ballet.
    — John Guare
    tags: believe  morals 
     
    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
    tags: live  present 
     
    And what would be great numbers in a Broadway show are now on stage of the New York City Ballet.
    — John Guare
    All the New York City Ballet does is hit beautiful home runs.
    — John Guare
    tags: beautiful 
     
    There's no American playwright after 1945 who wasn't profoundly affected - who didn't have their DNA changed by Tennessee Williams.
    — John Guare
    tags: dna  american 
     
    You cannot write to resonate twenty or thirty or forty years from now. You only can write for that very day, but whatever happens is all gravy.
    — John Guare
    tags: write  year 
     
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