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.
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.
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.
I think sometimes you are born with a song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With my songs I tried to prove that there is love.
UNICEF has made the most rewarding thing that I have ever done in my life.
All children are my children.
For my convalescence, I had to exercise my voice only with vowels. It is a medical rule after a long loss of voice.
I grew up thinking that singing was my security.
When I started to work with UNICEF, it was a new way of giving some love and care to the world.
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.
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 was born a singer. I need to do that.
Every time I would open my mouth to sing, everybody was paying attention to me. It became a habit.
When I was singing, everybody liked me.
I thought it was respectful to each country to sing in their language.