Verdi, in a letter to Cesare De Sanctis

Ah, so you like my Traviata - that poor sinner who was so unfortunate in Venice. One day I’m going to make the world do her honour. But not at Naples where your priests would be terrified of seeing on stage the sort of things they do themselves at night on the quiet.

- dated February 16th, 1853. As found in Carteggi Verdiani, I. p. 23-4.