„Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.“

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giornalista, attore e sceneggiatore statunitense 1889 - 1945

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„No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.“

— W. H. Auden Anglo-American poet 1907 - 1973
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„There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva“

— Josh Groban American musician and actor 1981
Context: "The shower is my time to open up my operatic chops, because of the enormous echo. You sound five times as big in the shower, so I break into some "Nessun Dorma" [from Puccini's Turandot] or Pearl Jam. You've got to go big when you're in the shower. There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva." VH1.com, 11/23/03

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„What the hell, what are these guys thinking about? Can’t you get these guys back in the box?“

— Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937
Remark made to Joint Chiefs of Staff General Shelton regarding comments by Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld, advocating an attack on Iraq, even before the battle plan for attacking the Taliban was formulated, shortly after the “the crucial meeting took place on September 15 in the Laurel Lodge at Camp David, at which Wolfowitz made the case for action against Iraq.” . (Remark from 9/2001 shortly after 9/11).

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„He is a great person, as well as a great musician. And this guy sings like he was born down below Mississippi!“

— Eric Clapton English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist 1945
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„When he is wounded, I bleed. {page 262 of John Adams}“

— Abigail Adams 2nd First Lady of the United States (1797–1801) 1744 - 1818

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„He's the smartest guy in Congress, but he insists on voting his conscience instead of party.“

— Gerald Ford American politician, 38th President of the United States (in office from 1974 to 1977) 1913 - 2006
Remarks about John B. Anderson in 1973, later quoted in an Anderson 1980 Presidential campaign ad http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/1980/john-anderson

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