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Barbra Streisand

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

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in Life ()
  • Part of our society kills what it loves, despises what it's created. It really hates success.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in David Bailey and Peter Evans, Goodbye Baby and Amen ()
  • The dream — you never achieve it. The excitement of life lies in the hope, in the striving for something rather than the attainment.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in James Spada, Streisand ()
  • It's true that I have a very healthy ego; anybody who creates does.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in James Spada, Streisand ()
  • What is exciting is not for one person to be stronger than the other; not for the man to be stronger than the woman; and not for the woman to be stronger than the man; 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.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in James Spada, Streisand ()
  • Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in New Woman ()
  • I am a nice person. I care about my driver having lunch, you know ...

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in The Sunday Times ()
  • The principal difference between a dog and a man is that if you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in Doug McClelland, Star Speak ()
  • You don't ask a man, 'Do you want to be in control [of your job]?' You assume he wants control. Why would a woman be any different?

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in New Woman ()
  • 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 or impossible. If he acts, produces and directs, he's called multitalented. If she does the same thing, she's called vain and egotistical.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • news item ()
  • I am also very proud to be a liberal. Why is that so terrible these days? The liberals were liberators — they fought slavery, fought for women to have the right to vote, fought against Hitler, Stalin, fought to end segregation, fought to end apartheid. Liberals put an end to child labor and they gave us the five-day work week! What's to be ashamed of?

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • 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.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • speech at the Women in Film luncheon (1986), in Lynda Obst, Hello, He Lied--And Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches ()
  • Not too long ago we were referred to as dolls, tomatoes, chicks, babes, broads. We've graduated to being called tough cookies, foxes, bitches and witches. I guess that's progress.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • 1992, in Sara Ann Friedman, Work Matters: Women Talk About Their Jobs and Their Lives ()
  • I don't feel like a legend. I feel like a work in progress.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • in Trevor Hunt, Words From the Stars ()
  • When people envy me, I think, oh, God, don't envy me. I have my own pains.

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

    • Barbra Streisand
  • Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?

    • Barbra Streisand
  • The audience is the best judge of anything ... they cannot be lied to ... any touch of falseness, and they retreat from you.

    • Barbra Streisand
  • Art is the signature of a generation; artists have a way of defining the times.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • The artist as citizen is here to stay.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • Art finds a way to be constructive. It becomes heat in cold places; it becomes light in dark places.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • Moviemakers can be late to a subject, or afraid, but often they are brave and ahead of their time.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • Our role as artist is more controversial now because there are those, claiming the absolute authority of religion, who detest much of our work as much as they detest most of our politics. Instead of rationally debating subjects like abortion or gay rights, they condemn as immoral those who favor choice and tolerance. They disown their own dark side and magnify everyone else's until, at the extreme, doctors are murdered in the name of protecting life. I wonder, who is this God they invoke, who is so petty and mean? Is God really against gun control and food stamps for poor children?

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • ... no one should have to conform to some mythical concept of the ideal family ...

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • How can we accept a situation in which there are no longer orchestras, choruses, libraries or art classes to nourish our children? We need more support for the arts, not less — particularly to make this rich world available to young people whose vision is choked by a stark reality. How many children, who have no other outlet in their lives for their grief, have found solace in an instrument to play or a canvas to paint on? When you take into consideration the development of the human heart, soul and imagination, don't the arts take on just as much importance as math or science?

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • What is dangerous about the far right is not that it takes religion seriously — most of us do — but rather that it condemns all other spiritual choices — the Buddhist, the Jew, the Muslim, and many others who consider themselves to be good Christians. The wall of separation between church and state is needed precisely because religion, like art, is too important a part of the human experience to be choked by the hands of censors.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • It's very often the artist who gives a voice to the voiceless by speaking up when no one else will.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()
  • ... progress, whatever your definition of it, is not inevitable.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • "The Artist As Citizen," speech, Harvard University Institute of Politics ()

Barbra Streisand, U.S. singer, actor, director

(1942)

Full name: Barbra Joan Streisand.