"I've always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks."
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."Renee Fleming on Steve Jobs
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'"Renee Fleming on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."Renee Fleming on Nelson Mandela
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."Renee Fleming on Winston Churchill
"There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right."Renee Fleming on Ronald Reagan
"My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table I had a tremendous music education."
"Everybody's a work in progress. I'm a work in progress. I mean, I've never arrived... I'm still learning all the time."
"Being steeped in the process of learning and exploring keeps me from becoming too nervous. Partly it's about not getting bored."
"Learning operatic roles is ongoing, and I find that I can learn on the train or subway, during a manicure, getting my hair done, and even while driving if I only look at the score at red lights."
"I've spent hours and hours doing research into Appalachian folk music. My grandfather was a fiddler. There is something very immediate, very simple and emotional, about that music."