That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed the point.
When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.
I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.
I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.
Good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.
An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddam rules.
Women are not pals enough with men, so we must make ourselves indispensable. After all, we have the greatest weapon in our hands by just being women.
There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age. Children should have a wonderful childhood. They should not be given too much responsibility.
I don't need the money, dear. I work for art.
If I have stepped on some people at times because I am at the top, it couldn't be helped. What should I do if someone gets hurt... retire?
I would like to be Maria, but there is La Callas who demands that I carry myself with her dignity.
First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis.
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