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Giacomo Puccini
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"Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. "

"Who sent you to me? God?"
- after hearing then-unknown Enrico Caruso sing Recondita armonia for the first time
 
"That which I have dreamed is always very far from that which I am able to hold fast and write down on paper. An artist seems to me to be a man who looks at beauty through a pair of glasses which, as he breathes, becomes clouded over and veils the bea uty he sees. He takes his handkerchief. He cleans his glasses. He sees clearly again. But at the first breath the absolute beauty disappears. It is only the veil, the approximation, that we can perceive."
 
"The work comes into the world at an undetermined hour, from a still unknown, but it comes inevitably."
 
"Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements."
 
"I shall feel it as an Italian, with desperate passion."
 
"Art is a kind of illness."
 
"Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. "
 
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