Bette Midler Quotes


[On Helen Reddy:] She ought to be arrested for loitering in front of an orchestra.

Education is my next big thing. When music and art were taken out of the schools I went berserk!

I'm so glad to be back in New York. Los Angeles can be so cold so cruel after you've been-what's the word?-oh yes: 'fired.'

Honey I can smell the scent of another woman from 500 paces.

If they [at the audition] don't like the way you sound they won't buy you anyway ripped dress or no ripped dress ass hanging out or no ass hanging out.

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.

Culturally it's very hard to change people's attitudes about public space.

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 it's time to shuffle off this mortal coil you leave your ashes to be composted.

Cherish forever what makes you unique 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes.

I learned to accept the audience's happiness for me which is one of the hardest things for me to learn.

I would much rather watch myself than listen to myself. The moving is second nature but the listening... that's the art.

If only I'd known my differentness would be an asset then my earlier life would have been much easier.

As you age feelings do diminish.

Melbourne is the kind of town that really makes you consider the question 'Is there life after death?

After thirty a body has a mind of its own.

[On Princess Anne:] Such an active outdoorsy lass. She loves nature in spite of what it did to her.

I wish America would spend even half as much time complaining about plastics in our oceans as we do about actresses' plastic surgery.

Cats always seem so very wise when staring with their half-closed eyes. Can they be thinking I'll be nice and maybe she will feed me twice?

If I could be granted a wish I'd shine in your eye like a jewel.

Only two groups of people intimidate me absolutely: salespeople and the French.

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.

Some say love it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.

The only thing Madonna will ever do like a virgin is give birth in a stable.

I try not to drink too much because when I'm drunk I bite.

That's our mission: to clean and green New York City - one block at a time.

People are not the best because they work hard. They work hard because they are the best.

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.

I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes.

There are bugs and there are the pigeons and other predators but you shouldn't be afraid of them because this is how nature works.

Unfortunately every time there's a budget crunch in New York the Parks Department is usually the first to be cut. So they need all the help they can get.

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.

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.

I already have a Tony for my Broadway concert in '73. It's one of the most precious things I've won.

I wouldn't say I invented tacky but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.

Sold my soul. Bought these devil chains.

Writing a book is not as tough as it is to haul thirty-five people around the country and sweat like a horse five nights a week.

I hope to keep entertaining in some way until I can't physically entertain any longer. It's what I was born to do and I love this profession.

Men's brains are smaller than those of women so they can fit into their penises.

It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.

You have to think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread but you have to know that you're not.

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.

If you're passionate about something then you should pick up your flag and run with it.

When you have a steady job you're more inspired to broaden yourself.

I bear no grudges. I have a mind that retains nothing.

My mother would only let us go to the musicals.

I'd make a wonderful Lady Macbeth. I'll wear a pair of platform shoes or something.

If somebody makes me laugh Iâ??m his slave for life.

I tried to charm the pants off Bob Dylan but everyone will be disappointed to learn that I was unsuccessful. I got close - a couple of fast feels in the front seat of a Cadillac.

I sometimes think I should go back to school to learn French and music but who would have me?

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!

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.

Do I understand this right? I'm being marked down?

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.

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.

Here I am one of the most colorful women of my time - if not of my block - being made to sound positively legumelike in printed interviews.

I celebrate everyone's religious holidays. if it's good enough for the righteous it's good enough for the self-righteous I always say.

[On Denmark:] ... that little country of cottage cheese and courage ...

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.

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.

When I moved to New York City in 1965 I wanted to be in theater. I was following my Ethel Barrymore dream. But I was too young to be Ethel.

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.

When it's three o'clock in New York it's still 1938 in London.

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.

Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to - or can't - join the Big Parade.

Total contentment is only for cows.

If sex is such a natural phenomenon how come there are so many books on how to do it?

I'm working my way toward divinity.

I've forbidden my daughter to have grandchildren I'm too young.

GOD is watching us from a Distance...

I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me.

I want it all - and I would like it delivered.

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.

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.

The Internet has changed everything. People will be discovered online. People buy music online. It's a completely different way to get entertainment.

I love nature in spite of what it did to me.

Self-esteem is something you have to earn! The only way to achieve self-esteem is to work hard. People have an obligation to live up to their potential.

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.

We are all part of the ecosystem.

The [film] industry is an ecosystem that's sick.

There's a kind of emotional exploration you plumb with a friend that you don't really do with your family.

Self-esteem is something you have to earn!

If you can accept your differentness and learn to love it and encourage it then you can be someone wonderful.

I'm the last of the truly tacky women. I do trash with flash and sleaze with ease.

Enough about me. What do you think about me?

If you're frightened you're out of luck.

I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.

The worst part of success is to try finding someone who is happy for you.

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.

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.

Me I'm just a hack. I'm just a schlep-per. I just do what I can do.

I never know how much of what I say is true.

I can get plenty of men keeping them is the hard part.

I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot.

I feel like a million tonight - but one at a time.

I have my standards. They're low but I have them.

It's the one who won't be taken that cannot seem to give and the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.

Find your Light; They can't love you if they can't see you

For days on end I would hardly speak and when I did only the vilest sort of gibberish would spout forth. I became morose and fat. Unapproachable except when eating - and then only by waiters.

The outside world doesn't have a lot to offer. You have to make your own heaven in your own home.

I sold my soul to rock and roll.

Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.

If you pick up a ukulele it will make you unbelievably happy.

I've always said we got married because there was nothing on TV.

There comes a time whenyou haveto let yourclothesgo out in the world and try to make it on their own.

Without passion the powers-that-be can run roughshod over you.

People have an obligation to live up to their potential.

I mean can I really create a full three-dimensional character? I don't know anymore. I'm certainly going to try.

Everyone goes through their winters and springs and their summers and autumns.

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.

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.

If I don't feel right about what I'm in I don't feel right about anything.