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Accomplishments have no color. 
Leontyne Price


You must learn to say no when something is not right for you. 
Leontyne Price


If you're not feeling good about you, what you're wearing outside doesn't mean a thing. 
Leontyne Price


The way I was taught, being black was a plus, always. Being a human being, being in America, and being black, all three were the greatest things that could happen to you. The combination was unbeatable.
 Leontyne Price


The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do. 
Leontyne Price


I am here and you will know that I am the best and will hear me. The color of my skin or the kink of my hair or the spread of my mouth has nothing to do with what you are listening to.
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If you are going to think black, think positive about it. Don't think down on it, or think it is something in your way. And this way, when you really do want to stretch out, and express how beautiful black is, everybody will hear you.
Leontyne Price


I am here and you will know that I am the best and will hear me. Leontyne Price


For a long time the only time I felt beautiful -- in the sense of being complete as a woman, as a human being -- was when I was singing.
 Leontyne Price


Art is the only thing you cannot punch a button for. You must do it the old-fashioned way. Stay up and really burn the midnight oil. There are no compromises.
 Leontyne Price


Once you get on stage, everything is right. I feel the most beautiful, complete, fulfilled. I think that's why, in the case of noncompromising career women, parts of our personal lives don't work out. One person can't give you the feeling that thousands of people give you. 
Leontyne Price


About her debut at the Met: It was the first operatic mountain I climbed, and the view from it was astounding, exhilarating, stupefying. 
Leontyne Price


On performing in the new Metropolitan Opera House: The ghosts from the old house -- Caruso, Flagstad -- all those folks -- have moved uptown, too. When I'd look up at the gold ceiling, there they'd be, swingin' around, saying to me, "Lee, you mess it up and we'll take care of you!"
 Leontyne Price


I prefer to leave standing up, like a well-mannered guest at a party. on her 1985 retirement from opera
 Leontyne Price


We should not have a tin cup out for something as important as the arts in this country, the richest in the world. Creative artists are always begging, but always being used when it's time to show us at our best.
 Leontyne Price


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