Bette Midler quotes and sayings
December 1, 1945
I didn't belong as a kid, and that always bothered me. If only I'd known that one day my differentness would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.
I don't like violence. I get sick from violence. Do you think people are excited by violence?
That's the Oscars for ya - you remember who was nominated, but you don't remember who won!
Music is probably the only place I get energy from. Music and maybe watching a really tremendous performer, watching a terrific performer like Jagger or watching a great movie.
In a marriage, you struggle and struggle and struggle, and then you realize that you have to ride the horse in the direction it's going. You stop trying to pull the reins in another direction.
Sometimes you have to make your own opportunities, and that's why I'm on TV. I wasn't going to sit around anymore, waiting for the damn phone to ring. I had to create my own place - I've always done that.
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are doing pretty well at getting noticed - a lot of people are doing pretty well at it. But you wonder whether they'll last, because many of them don't have the ability to get an audience to love them. You say, "That's a fabulous body" or "I like that song"; you don't say, "I love them because I know them." You can't know them.
Life is not fair. And you have to choose your battles, because there are some that you cannot win. If you're passionate about something, then you should pick up your flag and run with it.
You can't just have a clean public space - you also have to have people willing to use it, and something that will draw them in.
From the age of 14 until I was 50, I just got on a treadmill and ran. I never stopped to assess what I was doing or to pat myself on the back.
When my daughter was younger we showed her all the great musicals. And the great dramas and great comedies, and the one that she took to the most was Some Like It Hot.
Romance is an illusion. Well, romance is not a complete illusion, but it's ephemeral. It does not last.
My whole life has been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God's presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that let's you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.
We're all divine, but I was the only one who had the nerve to call myself that.
All these children who did not have music and art classes at school go out into the world without knowing that there is anything other than what they have. Of course, children do look at TV, but what does it give them?
I want it all - and I would like it delivered.
I wish America would spend even half as much time complaining about plastics in our oceans as we do about actresses' plastic surgery.
A lot of people have no access to beauty. When I was growing up, my mother had only a few pretty things to look at.
You have to think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread, but you have to know that you're not.
I believe that Judy Garland's artistry was so fine. I mean, when people say: 'oh, she brought so much of her life to her music', I don't really believe that. I believe that she didn't have to. She just was a moving human being. That was her gift.
I'd never done a straight play before, never, and it was very hard work - really, really hard work. It was dense, really wordy, and I was determined to learn every word of it - not just skip over bits and pieces.
The inventor of the modern foundation garment that we women wear today was a German scientist and opera lover by the name of Otto Titsling.
That's our mission: to clean and green New York City - one block at a time.
I've always been lucky enough to have great audiences. It has been quite a life.
The Internet has changed everything. People will be discovered online. People buy music online. It's a completely different way to get entertainment.
I can get plenty of men, keeping them is the hard part.
The old forms of entertainment are not extinct. Live performances are the pinnacle. If you can something that people want to see live, then you have a great career.
It's the Point of Your View that Decides What You See - / One Man's Flop Is Another Man's Hit. / From Manners to Movies, the Picture Keeps Changing / Depending Upon Where You Sit.
When I started in this music business, I had a dream, but it was amorphous, and I had no experience. I just had a fuzzy notion of what life would be like if I became what I pictured.
What I have in me... it's not hard, and it's not cold, and it's not fierce ambition, that's not what it is. It's a drive for success, but it's not a drive...it's being driven, it's something I have no control over. It's something pushing me, I'm not pushing myself.
Most people don't deserve to be spoken of in the same breath as Chaplin or Lucille Ball.
Sometimes my brain goes on CD shuffle. You know, you put a bunch of CD's on and hit play and random things come out.
My parents taught me: Do not rely on a man. Not rely on it that you get married and it pays for you. That's what I figured. I have always paid my own bills.
My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.
My parents have not insisted that we go to college, but she wanted us to learn. Teacher, librarian, secretary, nurse. All my siblings were employed. But I wanted to be the boss, an independent contractor.
Find your Light; They can't love you if they can't see you.
I'm confident that I'm as intelligent as many people, but I know that I'm not as intelligent as some. So in the presence of hyperintelligent people, I'm a shrinking violet because I don't want to look like a fool. I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little.
A lot of people say that my life is wasted on me because I could be a bigger asshole than I am, but I've chosen not to be.
I read neither good nor bad about me. I let it not even in my life, so it has no effect on me. I am very sensitive.
If you're frightened, you're out of luck.
I had a hard-scrabble childhood with my parents. I have a lot of baggage. To come down to the footlights and accept the audience's affection inside a Broadway theater - that didn't come easily to me.
Thank God for the gays. I don't know what would have happened but I know what did happen. Good for them and good for me.
I think the essence of humor has not changed. It's all about surprise, facilitating follows. But the context of humor has changed. Previously, the jokes were more related to current issues, political. Today people make about each other either funny or about people like Kim Kardashian. It's brutal. Everything is so much vielschmutziger.
My daughter very independent. But if she's upset about something, she will absolutely let me know. She's great - a real tough cookie.
Humor disarms people. They don't feel threatened.
I mean, can I really create a full, three-dimensional character? I don't know anymore. I'm certainly going to try.
The people who are out to destroy the environment think they're going to get away with it. Are they breathing different air than we're breathing? Are they eating different food? I mean, where do they think they're going to go? What do they think is going to be better than what they have destroyed? I just don't get it.
While I was growing up, I believed I could do anything I could think of. So the challenge was always to keep thinking - to get to where I wanted to be and then to think of somewhere else to go.
If someone were to say seriously, "I'm divine," she'd have to be locked up. There are lots of people in mental institutions going around saying "I'm God." But because I'm funny about it, they haven't locked me up yet. And I don't give myself airs, either.
I never know how much of what I say is true.
I decided years ago not to read stories about myself anymore. Each one is a potential minefield: Whatever it says, you're bound to take it the wrong way. Why do it if you know it's going to make you miserable?
One of my first role models was Eugene Lang, a wealthy businessman who went back to his elementary school in East Harlem and addressed the sixth-grade class. He looked out at that sea of faces and said, "If any of you wants to go to college, I will pay for it." When I read that, I burst into tears. It was so generous and so basic. Not fluffy. I can't understand why we scrimp on education and shortchange our kids. Why would the citizenry do that to the people who are going to inherit its republic?
When I turned 50, I threw myself a big birthday party, and I looked seriously at what my life has been about. I recommend this to everybody. Ask yourself, "What have I done? How did I do it? Where'd I mess up? Where did I do well?" When I did this assessment of my life, I said to myself, "It was really good." I made a lot of people laugh, made a lot of people cry in a good way, brought a lot of joy to people, picked up a lot of garbage. And in all those years, I saw a lot. I went to foreign lands. I met interesting people. And I got it!
On Denmark: ... that little country of cottage cheese and courage.
I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the 'Sister Act' movie, but I said, 'My fans don't want to see me in a wimple.' I literally said, 'My fans don't want to see me in a wimple.'.
Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.
We are all part of the ecosystem.
Just because people don't meet you doesn't mean they're not out there breaking their asses trying to get around.
When it's time to shuffle off this mortal coil, you leave your ashes to be composted.
All these rumors about Tom Cruise being gay. I don't believe it. I don't believe it for one minute. He hasn't been to one of my shows.
I'm the last of the truly tacky women. I do trash with flash and sleaze with ease.
My husband calls it winging it - the way I just took what the studios gave me, didn't do my homework and avoided roles that would risk my image.
When the movies first started, audiences were dumbstruck to see actresses walking around in evening gowns. They'd never seen anything like that. They wanted to be like those actors and actresses, so the movies informed their behavior. A lot of people started drinking martinis and smoking cigarettes because they felt it was cool.
After thirty, a body has a mind of its own.
It's important that you all agree on what the parameters are and what you can accomplish - and not get pissed off or beat yourself up for what you can't accomplish.
The only thing Madonna will ever do like a virgin is give birth in a stable.
I have my standards. They're low, but I have them.
Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes.
America is so caught up in this celebrity mania!
Make sure your life is a rare entertainment! It doesn't take anything drastic. You needn't be gorgeous or wealthy or smart, just very enthusiastic!
The film business is run by men, and they're basically interested in their own species, and they're not so interested in women belonging to the human race.
Life is like cooking your masterpiece recipe. You have to get the right ingredients,have the right mixture and the right cooking time to reveal the PERFECT and DELICIOUS TASTE of your craft.
I had no idea of being a star, all I knew was that I wanted to be a great actress, I wanted to work as an actress. So I thought the way I would be a great actress was to sing and dance first. Lay a foundation - get my foot in the door, and then undoubtedly, of course, I would be offered great roles as soon as I grew up enough to handle them.
Just remember, during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, that there's a seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes a rose.
I'm mad about God! That's why I'm divine.
For some people, a park is the only place in their entire world where they can see something beautiful.
before one actually visits them, everyone tends to think of their favorite countries as one grand Disneyland filled with national monuments and historical treasures conveniently laid out for easy viewing, when what they really are filled with, of course, is people going to work, laundromats and places to buy rat poison.
I do look upon all of life as an episode - which is why the people around me are probably on guard!
Image is everything, and the voice or the idea or the song is hardly anything at all. Half the time the person isn't even doing the singing. I'm a bit cynical about this music business.
I learned to accept the audience's happiness for me, which is one of the hardest things for me to learn.
Only two groups of people intimidate me absolutely: salespeople and the French.
I sometimes think I should go back to school to learn French and music, but who would have me?
Let the sun stop burning, Let them tell me love's not worth going through. If it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart, The only dream that mattered had come true ...In this life I was loved by you.
I've always said that people have unrealistic expectations.
I've forbidden my daughter to have grandchildren, I'm too young.
I have a ball - and it keeps my heart rate up. I get to wear fabulous clothes. I get to make people laugh. That's my core business, and that's where I'll always return.
Julie Anne Peters
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Robert W. Service
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