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103 Fierce & Inspirational Quotes By Barbra Streisand

Famous As: One of the Few Performers Who Have Been Awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT)
Born On: April 24, 1942
Born In: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Founder / Co Founder: First Artists Production Company
Age: 80 Years

Barbra Streisand is a celebrated American vocalist, actress, director and song writer. She is termed as the ‘Mother of All Contemporary Pop Divas’ or ‘Queen of The Divas’. This can be largely accredited to the longevity and versatility of Streisand in various fields of entertainment. Streisand sold a whopping 68.5 million albums in the United States and 145 million records worldwide, thus making her one the best-selling female artists in American music history. With more than 53 gold albums, 31 platinum and 14 multi-platinum albums to boast about, Streisand holds the unique feat to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades. As an actor, she featured in various hit movies such as Funny Girl, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were and A Star Is Born. Along with her yet-to-be-released untitled autobiography, she published My Passion for Design. Here are some of the greatest quotes from this icon highlighting on her thoughts and sayings.

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man, then complain he's not the man she married?

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man, then complain he's not the man she married?

Barbra Streisand
I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.

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

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

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How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.

How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.

Barbra Streisand
You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.

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

Barbra Streisand
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.

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.

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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.

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I like simple things. Elastic waists, so I can eat.

I like simple things. Elastic waists, so I can eat.

Barbra Streisand
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 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.'

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Oh God, don't envy me, I have my own pains.

Oh God, don't envy me, I have my own pains.

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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 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.

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

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

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I'm a work in progress.

I'm a work in progress.

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The audience is the barometer of the truth.

The audience is the barometer of the truth.

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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.

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.

Barbra Streisand
I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft frightening.

I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft frightening.

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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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I can take any truth; just don't lie to me.

I can take any truth; just don't lie to me.

Barbra Streisand

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.

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

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

Barbra Streisand

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.

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

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

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There is nothing more important in life than love.

There is nothing more important in life than love.

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I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.

I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.

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

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

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I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just hadda be a star or something.

I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just hadda be a star or something.

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Nobody on this earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong.

Nobody on this earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong.

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I love road trips! My husband and I love that. We bought a truck with a bench seat so we could put the dog in the middle.

I love road trips! My husband and I love that. We bought a truck with a bench seat so we could put the dog in the middle.

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Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.

Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.

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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.

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.

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I only began to sing because I couldn't get a job as an actress.

I only began to sing because I couldn't get a job as an actress.

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I must have got my detailed, obsessive streak from my father, who was an English teacher, because my mother wasn't like me at all.

I must have got my detailed, obsessive streak from my father, who was an English teacher, because my mother wasn't like me at all.

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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.

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.

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It is every woman's dream to be some man's dream woman.

It is every woman's dream to be some man's dream woman.

Barbra Streisand
I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way.

I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way.

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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 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.

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When I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, the neighborhood girls would sit on the stoop and sing. I was known as the kid who had a good voice and no father.

When I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, the neighborhood girls would sit on the stoop and sing. I was known as the kid who had a good voice and no father.

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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 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.

Barbra Streisand
I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.

I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.

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I remember when I was 5 living on Pulaski Street in Brooklyn, the hallway of our building had a brass banister and a great sound, a great echo system. I used to sing in the hallway.

I remember when I was 5 living on Pulaski Street in Brooklyn, the hallway of our building had a brass banister and a great sound, a great echo system. I used to sing in the hallway.

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They're called 'angels' because they're in heaven until the reviews come out.

They're called 'angels' because they're in heaven until the reviews come out.

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Around people I don't know, I'm totally at a loss.

Around people I don't know, I'm totally at a loss.

Barbra Streisand
Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each slice.

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each slice.

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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 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.

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I always wear the same thing at home. I can't be bothered with jewelry. My pants have elastic waists. I like to be comfortable. There are so many more important things to worry about.

I always wear the same thing at home. I can't be bothered with jewelry. My pants have elastic waists. I like to be comfortable. There are so many more important things to worry about.

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If I hear a record once, I usually never listen to it again. I rarely listen to music - unless it's Billie Holiday.

If I hear a record once, I usually never listen to it again. I rarely listen to music - unless it's Billie Holiday.

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Sometimes you resent the people you love and need the most. Love is so fascinating in all its forms, and I think everyone who has ever been a mother will relate to this.

Sometimes you resent the people you love and need the most. Love is so fascinating in all its forms, and I think everyone who has ever been a mother will relate to this.

Barbra Streisand
I don't like talking about myself and I don't like talking about the work.

I don't like talking about myself and I don't like talking about the work.

Barbra Streisand
On a very basic level, many people think celebrities have too much already, so we shouldn't be entitled to our political opinions.

On a very basic level, many people think celebrities have too much already, so we shouldn't be entitled to our political opinions.

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Directing is so interesting. You know, it just sort of encompasses everything that you see, that you know, that you've felt, that you have observed.

Directing is so interesting. You know, it just sort of encompasses everything that you see, that you know, that you've felt, that you have observed.

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I'm not that ambitious any more. I just like my privacy. I wish I really wasn't talked about at all.

I'm not that ambitious any more. I just like my privacy. I wish I really wasn't talked about at all.

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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?

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?

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Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?

Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?

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My mother never really thought I could become anything.

My mother never really thought I could become anything.

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I got sent to a health camp when I was about 6 years old, and we all had to wear the same starchy blue uniform. The lady who took care of me after school knit me a burgundy sweater. It was the only thing that gave me any individuality.

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I'll see a celadon green room in an 18th century New Hampshire house and just fall in love. Colors stay in my head.

I'll see a celadon green room in an 18th century New Hampshire house and just fall in love. Colors stay in my head.

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I do have friends that are Republicans, and we have very spirited conversations on a whole range of issues. I am often baffled by why they are Republicans, but I enjoy the dialogue and can move beyond politics to find common ground in my personal relationships.

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I was raised on the streets, in hot, steamy Brooklyn, with stifled air.

I was raised on the streets, in hot, steamy Brooklyn, with stifled air.

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Most awards, you know, they don't give you unless you go and get them - did you know that? Terribly discouraging.

Most awards, you know, they don't give you unless you go and get them - did you know that? Terribly discouraging.

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I don't read music. Not even essentially. Not even nonessentially.

I don't read music. Not even essentially. Not even nonessentially.

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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.

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.

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I'm tired of malicious articles slandering me.

I'm tired of malicious articles slandering me.

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Why am I so famous? What am I doing right? What are the others doing wrong?

Why am I so famous? What am I doing right? What are the others doing wrong?

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I'd started going to acting classes at 14, played 'Medea' at 15 and really wanted to be a classical actress.

I'd started going to acting classes at 14, played 'Medea' at 15 and really wanted to be a classical actress.

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Performing, for me, has always been a very inner process.

Performing, for me, has always been a very inner process.

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I still like my antique clothes.

I still like my antique clothes.

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I'm interested in the truth, and unauthorized biographies are not. Yes, I would like to correct those errors someday.

I'm interested in the truth, and unauthorized biographies are not. Yes, I would like to correct those errors someday.

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My friend Quincy Jones says we won our first Grammys together in 1963. I have no recollection. I don't even remember the room. When he showed me the picture, I remembered what I wore. But it's like awards don't mean anything.

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I also have intense relationships with furniture... probably because we practically had none when I was growing up.

I also have intense relationships with furniture... probably because we practically had none when I was growing up.

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My mother had a great voice. Not like mine, not like my sister's, not like my son's - a high soprano voice, but like a bird. I mean, really beautiful.

My mother had a great voice. Not like mine, not like my sister's, not like my son's - a high soprano voice, but like a bird. I mean, really beautiful.

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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.

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.

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I have one son. Of everything I've done in my life, nothing matches the feeling of having life growing inside you.

I have one son. Of everything I've done in my life, nothing matches the feeling of having life growing inside you.

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I hear these melodies. I hear horn lines and string lines. That's what's fun about recording with an orchestra.

I hear these melodies. I hear horn lines and string lines. That's what's fun about recording with an orchestra.

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Eighteenth century American furniture and the design of the architects Greene and Greene are my special love.

Eighteenth century American furniture and the design of the architects Greene and Greene are my special love.

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I've considered having my nose fixed. But I didn't trust anyone enough. If I could do it myself with a mirror.

I've considered having my nose fixed. But I didn't trust anyone enough. If I could do it myself with a mirror.

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Just like my father, I've always loved education. In school I was a member of the honor society.

Just like my father, I've always loved education. In school I was a member of the honor society.

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I need instant gratification.

I need instant gratification.

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I was kind of a wild child. I wasn't taught the niceties of life.

I was kind of a wild child. I wasn't taught the niceties of life.

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I never sing in the shower either.

I never sing in the shower either.

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When I sing, people shut up.

When I sing, people shut up.

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When they tried me out as a host on TV, I found that I just couldn't be that gregarious person. I was stranger than that.

When they tried me out as a host on TV, I found that I just couldn't be that gregarious person. I was stranger than that.

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. . . it is true, even people with painful childhoods. . . grow up to be more interesting people. So, there's always a positive to a negative.

. . . it is true, even people with painful childhoods. . . grow up to be more interesting people. So, there's always a positive to a negative.

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I like to stay home a lot. I like to do other things too, like decorate or build.

I like to stay home a lot. I like to do other things too, like decorate or build.

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It is sort of boring to stay in the same spot. You know, I didn't set out to become the first to do this, the first to do that. It was just that my interests were so diversified.

It is sort of boring to stay in the same spot. You know, I didn't set out to become the first to do this, the first to do that. It was just that my interests were so diversified.

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

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

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In the music business, we all do different things, but we sit there and admire other people who can write a song differently or sing differently. It's not so competitive.

In the music business, we all do different things, but we sit there and admire other people who can write a song differently or sing differently. It's not so competitive.

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

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

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My nose was part of my heritage, and if I had talent to sing and to act, why wasn't that enough?

My nose was part of my heritage, and if I had talent to sing and to act, why wasn't that enough?

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Life's too short. Start with Dessert!

Life's too short. Start with Dessert!

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

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

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Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work ... a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.

Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work ... a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.

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Being a woman in music was fine, but when I wanted to direct, I was poking my head into a man's world.

Being a woman in music was fine, but when I wanted to direct, I was poking my head into a man's world.

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I tell you what I envy about people in love - I'd love it if someone knew me I mean really knew me. What I like what I'm afraid of what kind of toothpaste I use.

I tell you what I envy about people in love - I'd love it if someone knew me I mean really knew me. What I like what I'm afraid of what kind of toothpaste I use." - Rose Morgan

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I just don't want to be hampered by my own limitations.

I just don't want to be hampered by my own limitations.

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You've got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.

You've got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.

Barbra Streisand
Art does not exist only to entertain -- but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for the truth.

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

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Issues of foreign policy have a place in every election for President.

Issues of foreign policy have a place in every election for President.

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I'm not weird, just different from people who aren't different.

I'm not weird, just different from people who aren't different.

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I go by instinct - i don't worry about experience.

I go by instinct - i don't worry about experience.

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When I was a teenager in New York, I was buying antique clothes. I still am.

When I was a teenager in New York, I was buying antique clothes. I still am.

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