The concert impresario, Sol Hurok, liked to say that Marian Anderson hadn't simply
grown great, she'd grown great simply. He says: "A few years ago a reporter
interviewed Marian and asked her to name the greatest moment in her life. I was in her
dressing room at the time and was curious to hear the answer. I knew she had many big
moments to choose from. There was the night Toscanini told her that hers was the finest
voice of the century. There was the private concert she gave at the White House for the
Roosevelts and the King and Queen of England. She had received the $10,000 Bok Award as
the person who had done the most for her home town, Philadelphia. To top it all, there was
that Easter Sunday in Washington when she stood beneath the Lincoln statue and sang for a
crowd of 75,000, which included Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, and most members
of Congress. Which of those big moments did she choose? "None of them," said
Hurok. "Miss Anderson told the reporter that the greatest moment of her life was the
day she went home and told her mother she wouldn't have to take in washing anymore."
Alan Loy McGinnis in The Friendship Factor, p. 30.
We have got but one life here...It pays, no matter what comes after it, to try and do
things, to accomplish things in this life, and not merely to have a soft and pleasant
Ministry that costs nothing, accomplishes nothing.
John Henry Jowett.
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