„I can't sing. As a singist I am not a success. I am saddest when I sing. So are those who hear me. They are sadder even than I am.“

Artemus Ward, His Travels http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/eafbin2/toccer-eaf?id=Weaf483&tag=public&data=/www/data/eaf2/private/texts&part=0, Lecture (1865).

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