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Beverly Sills

  • A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • interview, Sixty Minutes ()
  • I really do believe I can accomplish a great deal with a big grin. I know some people find that disconcerting, but that doesn't matter.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Ms. ()
  • I know that anybody who does all this and doesn't have to, everything thinks she's very driven. The truth is, I enjoy it all so! Can't it be that simple? I think it is! I don't feel overworked. I get a constant kick out of being heavily committed. Is that sick or something? God, what would I do sitting still?

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Helen Gurley Brown, Having It All ()
  • My voice had a long, nonstop career. It deserves to be put to bed with quiet and dignity, not yanked out every once in a while to see if it can still do what it used to do. It can't.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Time ()
  • Art is the signature of civilizations.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • television interview ()
  • There were times in my career ... when I felt like a trapeze artist doing dangerous somersaults without a net underneath. When you execute those somersaults flawlessly, the audience feels the same sense of triumph the performer does.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman, Beverly ()
  • I've always tried to be cheerful, because I think people who whine are boring, and I never could tolerate bores.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman, Beverly ()
  • When you're in love, the whole world is Jewish.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman, Beverly ()
  • The press frequently sneers at the hype devoted to a superstar, but the press itself is responsible for all the hype.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman, Beverly ()
  • Opera is an extremely disciplined art form, and every excess a singer indulges in has a direct effect on the voice.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman, Beverly ()
  • Don't get me started on critics.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman, Beverly ()
  • I've always tried to go a step past wherever other people expected me to end up.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Mona Kerby, Beverly Sills: America's Own Opera Star ()
  • The buck stops here. I don't share blame, I don't share credit, and I don't share desserts.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Kathleen Kimball, Robin Petersen, Kathleen Johnson, eds., The Music Lover's Quotation Book: A Lyrical Companion ()
  • There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

    • Beverly Sills,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • You don't always get what you ask for, but you never get what you don't ask for — unless it's contagious!

    • Beverly Sills
  • There are an awful lot of skinny people in the cemetery.

    • Beverly Sills
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

    • Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills, U.S. opera singer, administrator

(1929 - 2007)

Full name:Belle Miriam “Bubbles” Silverman Greenough.