The Red Shoes Quotes

  • Livy: You're a magician to have produced all this in three weeks from nothing.
    Boris Lermontov: My dear, not even the best magician can produce a rabbit out of a hat if there is not already a rabbit on the hat.

  • Boris Lermontov: Don't forget, a great impression of simplicity can only be achieved by great agony of body and spirit.

  • Boris Lermontov: You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.

  • Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
    Victoria Page: Why do you want to live?
    Boris Lermontov: Well I don't know exactly why, er, but I must.
    Victoria Page: That's my answer too.

  • Ivan Boleslawsky: I will do the talking, you will do the dancing.

  • Boris Lermontov: You can't alter human nature.
    Ivan Boleslawsky: No? I think you can do even better than that. I think you can ignore it.

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