I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage.

On stage, I am in the dark.

Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddam rules.

You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.

First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis.

I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.

When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed the point.

If I have stepped on some people at times because I am at the top, it couldn't be helped. What should I do if someone gets hurt... retire?

There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age. Children should have a wonderful childhood. They should not be given too much responsibility.

I don't need the money, dear. I work for art.

I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.

To me, the art of music is magnificent, and I cannot bear to see it treated in a shabby way.

I don't know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over.

It's a very terrible thing to be Maria Callas, because it's a question of trying to understand something you can never really understand.

When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.

I was always too mature for my age - and not very happy. I had no young friends. I wish I could go back to those days. If I could only live it all again, how I would play and enjoy other girls. What a fool I was.

Women are not pals enough with men, so we must make ourselves indispensable. After all, we have the

I cannot switch my voice. My voice is not like an elevator going up and down.

I will always be as difficult as necessary to achieve the best.

Good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.

Love is so much better when you're not married.

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.

It's a terrible thing to go through life thinking that you have a rock on your side when you haven't.

That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.

I would like to be Maria, but there is La Callas who demands that I carry myself with her dignity.