David Foster Wallace:
Look at utilitarianism - that most English of contributions to ethics- and you see a whole teleology predicated on the idea that the best human life is one that maximizes the pleasure-to-pain ratio. God, I know this sounds priggish of me.

Leontyne Price quotes

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