Maria Callas Quotes
Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not. It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don't like it shouldn't come to hear me.
TV interview (November 17, 1957)
I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.
Quoted in Callas : The Art and the Life (1974)
Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddamn rules.
About her controversial personality and performance
In the theater, you can get away with a very large, very grand phrase. For the microphone, you have to tone it down.
When you interpret a role, you have to have a thousand colors to portray happiness, joy, sorrow, fear. How can you do this with only a beautiful voice? Even if you sing harshly sometimes, as I have frequently done, it is a necessity of expression. You have to do it, even if people will not understand.