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Constructive Criticism

Jackson Wilcox, 450 Stories From Life

During a rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, the great Italian conductor Toscanini offered some constructive criticism to a featured soloist. She was too proud to accept his help, however, and expressed her resentment by exclaiming in anger, "I am the star of this performance!"

Toscanini responded wisely and firmly, "Madame," he said, "In this performance there are no stars."