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Enrico Caruso

After the ten-year-old’s first voice lesson, his teacher was adamant: “You can’t sing. You haven’t any voice at all. Your voice sounds like the wind in the shutters.”

Despite this discouragement, the boy’s mother heard greatness in his voice and believed in him. She told him, “My boy, I am going to make every sacrifice to pay for your voice lessons.” The hard work paid off: Enrico Caruso became one of the world’s greatest performers.

Today in the Word, September, 1998, p. 29

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