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Leontyne Price

  • It was the first operatic mountain I climbed, and the view from it was astounding, exhilarating, stupefying.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Life ()
  • The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Newsday ()
  • I am here, and you will know that I am the best and will hear me. The color of my skin or the kink of my hair or the spread of my mouth has nothing to do with what you are listening to.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Michael Walsh, "What Price Glory, Leontyne!" Time ()
  • The way I was taught, being black was a plus, always. Being a human being, being in America, and being black, all three were the greatest things that could happen to you. The combination was unbeatable.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • Art is the only thing you cannot punch a button for. You must do it the old-fashioned way. Stay up and really burn the midnight oil. There are no compromises.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • Accomplishments have no color.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • I have never given all of myself, even vocally, to anyone. I was taught to sing on your interest, not your capital.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • We should not have a tin cup out for something as important as the arts in the country, the richest in the world. Creative artists are always begging, but always being used when it's time to show us at our best.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • Once you get on stage, everything is right. I feel the most beautiful, complete, fulfilled. I think that's why, in the case of noncompromising career women, parts of our personal lives don't work out. One person can't give you the feeling that thousands of people give you.

    • Leontyne Price,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • Who I am is the best I can be.

    • Leontyne Price
  • You should always know when you're shifting gears in life. You should leave your era; it should never leave you.

    • Leontyne Price
  • A healthy sex life. Best thing in the world for a woman's voice.

    • Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price, U.S. opera singer

(1927)

Full name: Leontyne Mary Violet Price.