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.
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.
For my convalescence, I had to exercise my voice only with vowels. It is a medical rule after a long loss of voice.
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.
With my songs I tried to prove that there is love.
When I was very young I was the ugly duckling. I had a lot of complexes. My sister was wonderful and I was nothing.
The Berlin Wall go down, that was the most wonderful thing that could happen, absolutely. I celebrated with everybody in Berlin that day when the Wall was down.
Once I was condemned to three months' absolute silence. As I could not speak, I wrote a book.
My friends gave me the first songs which was the first food in my soul for me.
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.
I was born a singer. I need to do that.
I think sometimes you are born with a song.
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 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 was singing, everybody liked me.
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.
I grew up thinking that singing was my security.
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.
Every time I would open my mouth to sing, everybody was paying attention to me. It became a habit.
I thought it was respectful to each country to sing in their language.
All children are my children.
When I started to work with UNICEF, it was a new way of giving some love and care to the world.
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