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I can take any truth; just don’t lie to me.
– Barbra Streisand
I was a personality before I became a person – I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven.
Performing, for me, has always been a very inner process.
It is every woman’s dream to be some man’s dream woman.
I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft frightening.
Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each slice.
I was kind of a wild child. I wasn’t taught the niceties of life.
I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just hadda be a star or something.
I just became a singer, because I could never get work as an actress.
I need instant gratification.
Oh God, don’t envy me, I have my own pains.
I also have intense relationships with furniture… probably because we practically had none when I was growing up.
I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.
It always gave me the creeps when I saw performers who desperately wanted the audience to like them. That’s not what I’m about.
I just don’t want to be hampered by my own limitations.
I’m sure that I don’t know everything I want to know. I have so much more to learn.
Why am I so famous? What am I doing right? What are the others doing wrong?
We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities.
Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?
If I hear a record once, I usually never listen to it again. I rarely listen to music – unless it’s Billie Holiday.
When I was working a lot, I felt guilty as a parent. I couldn’t pick up my son every day from school, bake him cookies and that kind of thing.
I still like my antique clothes.
When I sing, people shut up.
What is exciting is not for one person to be stronger than the other… but for two people to have met their match and yet they are equally as stubborn, as obstinate, as passionate, as crazy as the other.
Around people I don’t know, I’m totally at a loss.
The audience is the best judge of anything. They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer. A moment that lags – they’re gonna cough.
Most awards, you know, they don’t give you unless you go and get them – did you know that? Terribly discouraging.
Nobody on this earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong.
The audience is the barometer of the truth.
Just like my father, I’ve always loved education. In school I was a member of the honor society.