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Lotte Lenya

  • [I have] a heavenly vase full of autumn leaves today. They look so beautiful. How much closer to God can one get? And a beautiful blue heron flew over the brook. Nature can make me cry faster than anything.

    • Lotte Lenya,
    • in Donald Spoto, Lenya: A Life ()
  • [Bertholt] Brecht looked very thin, like a herring with very sensitive hands.

    • Lotte Lenya,
    • in Donald Spoto, Lenya: A Life ()
  • [After World War II:] By now we are used to the rubble, which they clear up religiously and indefatigably. What a determination to get on top again! One could admire it, if one would not be afraid that somewhere lurks another Hitler. But you can't seem to find a single Nazi in Germany! Nobody was one! It was all a dream!

    • Lotte Lenya,
    • in Donald Spoto, Lenya: A Life ()
  • Half the audience understands us, the other half comes because Brecht is this year's playwright to know ...

    • Lotte Lenya,
    • in Donald Spoto, Lenya: A Life ()
  • There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation 'alter' nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again.

    • Lotte Lenya,
    • in Donald Spoto, Lenya: A Life ()

Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer, diseur, actor

(1898 - 1981)