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Barbra Streisand Quotes

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand quotes: here are the ultra-talented Barbara Joan “Barbra” Streisand’s… best quotes.

“You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.”

“Stay true to yourself.  People respond to authenticity.”

“Doubt can motivate you, so don’t be afraid of it.  Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both.  They balance each other out.”

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”

“Progress, whatever your definition of it, is not inevitable.”

“The dream – you never achieve it.  The excitement of life lies in the hope, in the striving for something rather than the attainment.”

“Myths are a waste of time.  They prevent progression.”

“Believe in the power of your voice!  Be yourself.  Everyone is unique.”

“Everybody’s frightened a bit.  But how many of us just go through the fear and do it anyway?”

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for.  And the most you can do is live inside that hope.  Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

“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.”

“There’s a part of you that always remains a child, no matter how mature you get, how sophisticated or weary.”

“You have to live life in the moment and get the most out of it.”

“I guess if you have an original take on life, or something about you is original, you don’t have to study people who came before you.  You don’t have to mimic anybody.  You just have a gut feeling inside, an instinct that tells you what’s right for you, and you can’t do it in any other way.”

“I go by instinct – I don’t worry about experience.”

“It is true, even people with painful childhoods, grow up to be more interesting people.  So, there’s always a positive to a negative.”

“I’m not weird, just different from people who aren’t different.”

“A man is commanding – a woman is demanding.  A man is forceful – a woman is pushy.  A man is uncompromising – a woman is a ball-breaker.  A man is a perfectionist – a woman’s a pain in the ass.  He’s assertive – she’s aggressive.  He strategizes – she manipulates.  He shows leadership – she’s controlling.  He’s committed – she’s obsessed.  He’s persevering – she’s relentless.  He sticks to his guns – she’s stubborn.  If a man wants to get it right, he’s looked up to and respected.  If a woman wants to get it right, she’s difficult and impossible.”

“It is every woman’s dream to be some man’s dream woman.”

“Just imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same.  My idea of a perfect world is one in which we really appreciated each other’s differences: short, tall; democrat, republican; black, white; gay, straight – a world in which all of us are equal, but definitely not the same.”

“Part of our society kills what it loves and despises what it’s created.  It really hates success.”

“I think when I was younger, I wanted to be a star, until I became a star, and then it’s a lot of work.  It’s work to be a star.  I don’t enjoy the stardom part.  I only enjoy the creative process.”

“I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just had to be a star or something.”

“I just became a singer, because I could never get work as an actress.”

“I don’t think I’m tough in a so-called tough way.  I’m tough on myself.”

“I wasn’t supported, I wasn’t given any self-esteem.”

“I was kind of a wild child.  I wasn’t taught the niceties of life.”

“I started going to acting school when I was 14, and I would always have my own take on things.”

“Thank God there were a couple of people in my life who said, ‘Go on, go on – you can do it!'”

“My mother never really thought I could become anything.”

“My mother told me I should be a secretary, but I wanted to be an actress from when I was very young.”

“As a young woman, I wanted nothing more than to see my name in lights.”

“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 arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed.  That is very gratifying to me.”

“I’ve always liked working really hard and then doing nothing in particular.  So, consequently, I didn’t overexpose myself; I guess I maintained a kind of mystery.  I wasn’t ambitious.”

“Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth.”

“I don’t feel like a legend.  I feel like a work in progress.”

“I’m sure that I don’t know everything I want to know.  I have so much more to learn.”

“I just don’t want to be hampered by my own limitations.”

“I don’t sing around the house or anywhere.  I never sing unless it’s for a purpose, like fundraising or making a record.”

“I want the best product for my audience, and if I don’t care 100%, who will?  It’s my name, my likeness that goes out there.”

“The audience is the barometer of truth.”

“It’s true that I have a very healthy ego; anybody who creates does.”

“I was a personality before I became a person – I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.”

“My book, I will probably dedicate it to my mother.  Because without her telling me I would never make it and, you know, I can’t be a movie star and I was odd-looking and whatever, she gave me something to fight for.  It was a kind of, ‘I’ll show you, Mom!’  Gave me a force, an energy that I appreciate now.”

“I don’t care what you say about me.  Just be sure to spell my name wrong.”

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