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A quote from Maria Callas

Maria Callas

“What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?”

– Maria Callas, 1970, London Observer interview

 (Thanks to William Zinsser, who uses this quotation to start off a great essay comparing writing to plumbing in The Writer Who Stayed.)


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