"My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table I had a tremendous music education."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Renee Fleming on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Renee Fleming on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Renee Fleming on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Renee Fleming on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Renee Fleming on Oscar Wilde
"I've always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks."
"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."