Barbra Streisand Quotes
A man who graduated high in his class at Yale Law School and made partnership in a top law firm would be celebrated. A man who invested wisely would be admired, but a woman who accomplishes this is treated with suspicion.
Around people I don’t know, I’m totally at a loss.
How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.
I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.
I don’t care what you say about me. Just be sure to spell my name wrong.
I don’t enjoy public performances and being up on a stage. I don’t enjoy the glamour. Like tonight, I am up on stage and my feet hurt.
I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft frightening.
I go by instinct – I don’t worry about experience.
I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don’t think I’d have made it any other way.
I just don’t want to be hampered by my own limitations.
I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just hadda be a star or something.
I was a personality before I became a person – I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven.
I wish I could be like Shaw who once read a bad review of one of his plays, called the critic and said: ‘I have your review in front of me and soon it will be behind me.’
I’m not that ambitious any more. I just like my privacy. I wish I really wasn’t talked about at all.
I’m tired of malicious articles slandering me.
I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.
I’ve considered having my nose fixed. But I didn’t trust anyone enough. If I could do it myself with a mirror.
It is every woman’s dream to be some man’s dream woman.
Marlon Brando. The finest actor who ever lived. He was my idol when I was 13. He’s done enough work to last two lifetimes. Everything I do, I think: Can Brando play this with me?
Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work… a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.
Most awards, you know, they don’t give you unless you go and get them – did you know that? Terribly discouraging.
My biggest nightmare is I’m driving home and get sick and go to hospital. I say: ‘Please help me.’ And the people say: ‘Hey, you look like…’ And I’m dying while they’re wondering whether I’m Barbra Streisand.
Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.
Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each slice.
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.
There is nothing more important in life than love.
They’re called “angels” because they’re in heaven until the reviews come out.
To have ego means to believe in your own strength. And to also be open to other people’s views. It is to be open, not closed. So, yes, my ego is big, but it’s also very small in some areas. My ego is responsible for my doing what I do – bad or good.
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.
What does it mean when people applaud? Should I give ’em money? Say thank you? Lift my dress? The lack of applause – that I can respond to.
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.
Why am I so famous? What am I doing right? What are the others doing wrong?
Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?
Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?
You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.