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|Words to live by: Artists we lost in 2019|
The opera singer Jessye Norman performs at Carnegie Hall in New York on May 1, 2008. Norman, the majestic American soprano who brought a sumptuous, shimmering voice to a broad range of roles at the Metropolitan Opera and houses around the world, died on Sept. 30, 2019 in New York. She was 74. Richard Termine/The New York Times.
by Sara Aridi and Peter Libbey
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- At their best, the artists who died this year could make us see the world in new ways even as they made us laugh and cry. Here is a tribute to some of them, in their own words.
A writers life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity.
Author, born 1931
Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.
Architect, born 1917
In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I dont want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.
Filmmaker, born 1928
I felt like I belonged on a screen. I dont know why. I guess because I related to the people up on that screen much more than the people around me.
Actor, born 1966
Pigeonholes are for pigeons.
Opera singer, born 1945
It may be a waning art, the art of reading closely, lovingly, scrupulously with the excitement of seeing how the text will unfold.
Literary critic, born 1930
I believe that my dancing is the most eloquent testament that I shall leave.
Ballet dancer, born 1920
There is never a question of what to paint, but only how to paint. The how of painting has always been the image the end product.
Painter, born 1930
I cherish every minisecond of this life.
Rapper, born 1998
I really dont spend time thinking about the past. I think about the future.
Theater producer and director, born 1928
I write these lyrics, and sometimes I read them afterwards on the album sleeve and think to myself, God, what an attitude!
Singer, guitarist and songwriter, born 1944
Different films resonate with viewers for different reasons, but the common thread seems to be that my films are uplifting.
Actress, born 1922
When its over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
Mary Oliver, When Death Comes
Poet, born 1935
The job of a drummer is to make the singer or guitarist sound really good. So its all about listening, and its all about improvising, responding to whats going on around you.
Drummer, born 1939
How many actresses receive a call at 50 to play an overdressed black bitch on an international hit show like Dynasty?
Actress, born 1935
The desire to reach for the sky runs very deep in the human psyche.
Architect, born 1926
What a long, strange trip its been.
Robert Hunter, Truckin, the Grateful Dead
Lyricist, born 1941
We had the right to vote as American citizens. We didnt have to be granted it by some bunch of guys.
Journalist, born 1943
I have thought of myself as a star since I was about 15.
Tap dancer, born 1921
The cinema saved me from being a delinquent.
Filmmaker, born 1968
I am not a decorator. The only place I decorate is my own house.
Florence Knoll Bassett
Designer, born 1917
Let the other guys do the crybaby stuff. Go for the laughs.
Actor, born 1931
Im having an affair with dance, and its the best thing I ever could have done. Its like water to a duck; its natural.
Mel A. Tomlinson
Ballet dancer, born 1954
You know, if youre lucky enough to have two smash hit shows, the traffic of the world goes through your dressing room.
Actress, born 1921
My films are the celebration of reality, of life, of my friends, of actual daily life that passes and is gone tomorrow.
Filmmaker, born 1922
I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.
Opera and film director, born 1923
Rhoda, like most of us, was a victorious loser.
Actress, born 1939
In many instances I am reminding actors of things that they knew but had forgotten, and in other instances I am asking them to forget that they have learned beforehand if it is obstructing a way forward.
Theater and opera director, born 1934
Jazz to me is a lifelong quest, because you never finish searching for that high you can reach when everythings clickin and the audience is right there with you.
Musician, born 1927
I dont feature myself as being the head man. I would much rather stand in the background and make small, funny things go than be up at the head of the class.
Comedian, born 1933
I dont think any musician plays anything that is new. Everything musical has been played.
Musician, born 1941
I like to write for the so-called pedestrian people.
Author, born 1915
You have to judge a director by his very best work, and then get it out of him.
Film producer, born 1930
You no longer have to do just Broadway shows, or movies, or conduct you can do any or all of them.
Musician, born 1929
I never thought I was shocking. I say this all the time and it sounds disingenuous, but I always thought: This is something they need. My culture is going to recognize its missing something.
Performance artist, born 1939
Ill never be able to explain why these vibrating frequencies have the power to transport us to levels of consciousness that defy words I simply accept the fact that music has this miraculous power for me and for myriad other people I have known.
Composer, born 1949
Every person can look back on their life and see a great opera.
Poet, born 1936
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