Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.— Philippe Petit
Most Powerful Tightropes quotations
Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying.
Life is a tightrope between two errors: generalizing the wrong particular and particularizing the wrong general.
In this day and time, with no competition you are really walking a tightrope.
I mean you may think that no competition is good, but in reality no competition is really bad.
An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker.
He almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it.
We must be courageous but also reasonable.
The world admires us for walking a tightrope without falling off. It asks us to keep our balance.
The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group.
If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.
Criticism - however valid or intellectually engaging - tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off).
Every working mom I know is constantly walking some kind of a tightrope of guilt.
The tightrope of love swings back and forth, forever tied between the tree of anxiety and the tree of fear. Like life, it holds a constant reminder that death must be overcome.
I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy.
.. It's a tightrope to stay true to the character, true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen.
There is always a chance of failure, of producing something totally unnecessary.
But I guess that chance of failure is what makes tightrope walking, race-car driving.
My wife says that stage acting is like being on a tightrope with no net, and being in the movies, there is a net - because you stop and go over it again. It's very technical and mechanical. On stage you're on your own.
Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.
I have a very eclectic iPod. So I've got my cardio people - so it's anything from Beyonce to some Jay-Z to Janelle Monae, her song 'Tightrope,' that's a good cardio song. And then I've got Sting. I've got Mary J. Blige. I've got The Beatles. I've got Michael Jackson. I try to pick the songs that I personally love.
How often does the tightrope walker balance when walking across the tightrope? All the time! It is the same thing if you really want to have a successful career, and you want to have a happy home life. It is a matter of balance.
I'd rather walk a tightrope than have my feet on the ground.
I have to write what I can write, and writing the text of a picture book is like walking a tightrope, if you ramble off... As my friend Julius Lester says, A picture book is the essence of an experience.
Sometimes, in a portrait, I go straight in with paint onto canvas.
.. Other than riding my bike up and down the hills around here, it is the most dangerous thing I do... like tightrope-walking without a safety net!
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life.
Anybody in my job steers a tightrope between being popular and being principled.
New York was something like a circus performer walking a tightrope an juggling at the same time....It could barely maintain its position, but an movement would tip the whole balance.
In psychoanalysis as in art, God resided in the details, the discovery of which required enormous patience, unyielding seriousness, and the skill of an acrobat - walking a tightrope over memory and speculation, instinct and theory, feeling and denial.
The terrible thing about love is that it takes away your safety net, your balancing pole. Even the tightrope you walk upon will disappear beneath you, yet love expects you to keep walking anyway, arms outstretched, one foot after the other, on nothing more than air.
Precious few are those who can live in the lap of luxury .
.. who can keep their moral, spiritual and financial equilibrium ... while balancing on the elevated tightrope of success. ... there is about one in a hundred who can dance to the tune of success without paying the piper named Compromise.
You may reasonably expect a man to walk a tightrope safely for ten minutes;
it would be unreasonable to do so without accident for two hundred years.
In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature.
You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking of a tightrope.
Thinking in words slows you down and actually decreases comprehension in much the same way as walking a tightrope too slowly makes one lose one's balance.
The audience plays a huge part in how a piece will actually form.
They really allow the performers to walk a tightrope in a way that never seems to happen in the privacy of your own four walls. I'm listening to the audience, and they're listening to me.
The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance.
The world may end up under a Sword of Damocles on a tightrope over the abyss.
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
Men walk this tightrope where any sign of weakness illicits shame, and so they're afraid to make themselves vulnerable for fear of looking weak.
Living in a community with very wounded people, I came to see that I had lived most of my life as a tightrope artist trying to walk on a high, thin cable from one tower to the other, always waiting for the applause when I had not fallen off and broken my leg.
Blacks have had to learn to protect themselves by being cynical but not cynical enough to slam the door on potential opportunities. We go through life walking a tightrope to prevent too much disillusionment.