I do believe that if you haven't learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.
When you want something very dearly, you make the time.
One of the most wonderful memories in my life was when I sang at the Opera House in Sydney. I will never forget that. It is one of the most beautiful Houses I have ever sung in my life.
It's nice to look good, but the most important thing is to be you.
If I was sad or afraid, I would sit in a corner and sing. If I was happy I would jump into the middle of the room and sing. It was how I expressed my emotions.
My energy to sing, I get it from my singing. Singing was not a reason to make a living. This is the only thing I wanted to do.
I grew up thinking that singing was my security.
When I was singing, everybody liked me.
With my songs I tried to prove that there is love.
For my convalescence, I had to exercise my voice only with vowels. It is a medical rule after a long loss of voice.
I left the table where there were important people and had lunch with my husband and a few friends. The reception was organised in my honour, so it was rather amusing.
The idea of the European community is never face a war again.
I like to cook, but mostly Greek. When I am confused or tired, I think about what I can cook. It takes you away from everything, as you are thinking only of your dish.
When I started to work with UNICEF, it was a new way of giving some love and care to the world.
Every time I would open my mouth to sing, everybody was paying attention to me. It became a habit.
How you looked was not important. It was what you did and how you did it. Decide to do it and then do it the best way you can.
I think sometimes you are born with a song.
UNICEF has made the most rewarding thing that I have ever done in my life.
Wherever you turn, there is always something wrong with the politicians. They have everything they need to save the world, and they don't save it.
There were wonderful moments when I was singing for the first time in the Olympia Theatre and I was pregnant with my son, which was very, very strange for a singer.
I always try to see things with children's eyes. Are they happy? Sad? What do they need? Everywhere I went, I realized that children are society's victims ... We have a duty to speak to political leaders, to influence people to give these children a better future.
When I was very young I was the ugly duckling. I had a lot of complexes. My sister was wonderful and I was nothing.
I have been so lucky to receive so much love from those who enjoy my music, that I feel I have to give as much of it as I can back to children.
I thought it was respectful to each country to sing in their language.
Once I was condemned to three months' absolute silence. As I could not speak, I wrote a book.
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