38. PHILIPPE PETIT: Impossible is possible
Philippe Petit (1949-) is a French high-wire artist famous for committing the ‘artistic crime of the century’, and in my opinion is one of the bravest, craziest people to have ever lived. In 1974, Petit tight-roped walked between the top of the twin towers with no safety equipment at all, spending 45 minutes on the tightrope, crossing back and forth multiple times, dancing, jumping and even lying down on the rope. What he did was spellbinding, magical and truly inspiring. Petit’s World Trade Center walk was the subject of the brilliant documentary Man On Wire which won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2008 and currently holds the highest Rotten Tomatoes ranking ever. Not just among documentaries but the highest ranking film of all time! This particular quote was taken from the documentary series New York: Center of the World – you can watch the clip here.