Benjamin Millepied quotes

  • The idea that ballet is a white art is absurd and shocking, and it’s gone on for too long. Nothing would make me happier than having a company that reflects society, to have dancers onstage that people can relate to.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Art #Ideas #White

  • Swan Lake is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer; it really requires such specific qualities of articulation, agility, strength, and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Lakes #Swans #Dancer

  • Nowadays I actually cook Italian-style food more than French heavy sauces. I make a good salad, some great roasted vegetables, grilled fish. Im crazy about L.A. because at the farmers market you find all kinds of wild mushrooms.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Crazy #Italian #Vegetables

  • Most dancers have no awareness of how they look; half of them think theyre fat. There is anorexia in the ballet world; there are those things.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Thinking #Dancer #Anorexia

  • Directing is very close to choreography; you deal with space, time, emotions, lighting, making beautiful images.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Beautiful #Space #Emotion

  • When I see the attention movie stars get, it doesn't make me want to be in that position at all.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Stars #Attention #Want

  • In France, ballet is on TV ... It's on the eight-o'clock news. It's a cool thing to be a dancer.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Eight #Dancer #Ballet

  • Poems very seldom consist of poetry and nothing else; and pleasure can be derived also from their other ingredients. I am convinced that most readers, when they think they are admiring poetry, are deceived by inability to analyse their sensations, and that they are really admiring, not the poetry of the passage before them, but something else in it, which they like better than poetry.

  • The obedient in art are always the forgotten . . . The country is glorious but its beauties are unknown, and but waiting for a real live artist to splash them onto canvas . . . Chop your own path. Get off the car track.

  • Design should do the same thing in everyday life that art does when encountered: amaze us, scare us or delight us, but certainly open us to new worlds within our daily existence.

  • How aware were photographers in the past of other visual arts? "No photographer of any distinction at all could approach his work without some awareness of what was going on in other visual media, and for that matter neither the painter nor the draughtsman could ignore photography."

  • Ideas may drift into other minds, but they do not drift my way. I have to go and fetch them. I know no work manual or mental to equal the appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.

  • A false idea is not only one which is absolutely subjective but one which is absolutely objective.

  • It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again.

  • I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet - lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very, very little - if you're on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time, whether or not you want to, of course.

  • She started walking toward me and perfect white teeth caught her full bottom lip between them. I’d fantasized about those lips way too many times. She’d barely covered up her long tanned legs with a pair of shorts that made me want to go to church this Sunday just to thank God for creating her.

  • It's a significant question: should black people only adopt black children, and white people white children?