„Liza, in terms of sheer talent, just oozes with it.“

—  Freddie Mercury, Context: Liza, in terms of sheer talent, just oozes with it. She has sheer energy and stamina, which she gets across the stage, and the way she delivers herself to the public is a good influence. There is a lot to learn from her As quoted in "Queen's Freddie Mercury Shopping For An Image In London" by Scott Cohen in Circus Magazine (April 1975).
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cantor e compositor britânico 1946 - 1991

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—  Bob Ross American painter, art instructor, and television host 1942 - 1995
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„I didn’t choose painting … It chose me. I didn’t have any talent. I just had genius.“

—  Grace Hartigan American artist 1922 - 2008
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—  Leo Tolstoy, A Letter to a Hindu
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