"Prayer is powerful! It fills the earth with mercy, it makes the Divine clemency pass from generation to generation; right along the course of the centuries wonderful works have been achieved through prayer."
"They who pray with faith have fervor and fervor is the fire of prayer. This mysterious fire has the power of consuming all our faults and imperfections, and of giving to our actions, vitality, beauty and merit."
"In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed."
"Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life."
"Obsession is a young man's game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old."
"I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art."
"I am always searching for more light and space."
"My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six."
"To most people who look at a mobile, it's no more than a series of flat objects that move. To a few, though, it may be poetry."
"I really didn't have much to teach. I didn't even believe in it. I felt so strongly that everybody had to find their own way. And nobody can teach you your own way. In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don't do it, you don't know what happens next."
"Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddam rules."
"I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage."
"Art is domination. It's making people think that for that precise moment in time there is only one way, one voice. Yours."
"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."
"I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must."
"90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody's interested in the story. Happiness is happiness."
"We didn't have any segregation at the Cotton Club. No. The Cotton Club was wide open, it was free."
"What opera isn't violent? Two things happen, violence and love. And other than that, name something else. You can't."
"I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine."
"I only have one wrinkle and I'm sitting on it."