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“For me, singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth.”
“I always thought my days spent in darkness [as a child she had cataracts and was unable to see for nearly four years] gave me a very special sensitivity. Much later, when I really wanted to hear, really 'see' a song, I'd close my eyes, and when I wanted to bring it out of the very depths of myself, out of my guts, out of my belly, when the song had to come from far away, I'd close my eyes.”
“.. I don't lie; I improve on my life.”
“My conservatory is in the streets. My intelligence is instinct.”
“Performers and their public should never meet. Once the curtain comes down, the performer should fly away like a magician's dove.”
“Drugs are a carnival in hell.”
“... I want to die young. I think it's awful to get old, and sickness is ugly ...”
“I can die now, I've lived twice!”
“I can die now. I've lived twice.”
Edith Piaf, French singer
(1915 - 1963)
Real name: Edith Giovanna Gassion.