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I hated singing.
by Barbra Streisand

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

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

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.
- Barbra Streisand

 

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

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.
- Barbra Streisand

They're called "angels" because they're in heaven until the reviews come out.
- Barbra Streisand

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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?
- Barbra Streisand

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

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

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?
- Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

There is nothing more important in life than love.
- Barbra Streisand

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

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.
- Barbra Streisand

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

I'm tired of malicious articles slandering me.
- Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

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

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

Myths are a waste of time.
They prevent progression.
- Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

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.
- Barbra Streisand

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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Barbra Streisand

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.
- 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.
- Barbra Streisand

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared
and hated? This is because in part what they have to
say is new to the general public,
and the new is always alarming.
- Garrett Hardin

What to do? We yanked the dress up over her lovely
attributes and with the addition of a scarf,
the problem was solved.
Sorry, guys, blame that stuffy censor.
He hated surprises.
- Audrey Meadows

I hated golf when we first started, but a big part
of the training process was falling in love with this sport,
so I went on tour with the UCLA Team.
- Shia LaBeouf

Hate is too great a burden to bear.
It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
- Coretta Scott King

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful
and valued because they confer power;
they are hated because they are hideous and loathed
because they impose slavery.
- Bertrand Russell

I've become the person I've always hated, but I'm happier.
- the Woody Allen movie Celebrity

I'd fired anyone who was involved with Creed.
I didn't want anything to do with the music business.
The entire press and industry hated me,
so what was the point?
- Scott Stapp

The atmosphere at my school was very competitive.
Young girls were competing with each other every day for status,
for leadership, for the affection of the teachers.
I hated it.
- Zhang Ziyi

My mother liked Jim Reeves.
I hated his records.
He was unbearable.
- Diane Abbott

I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s.
Most of them were scornful of, even hated,
big business.
- Stephen Ambrose

It was times like these when I thought my father,
who hated guns and had never been to any wars,
was the bravest man who ever lived.
- Harper Lee

In baseball, I was a pitcher, which I hated because
there was no action there.
- Bo Jackson

Qaddafi is hated because he is the leader of a small country that is rich,
but he uses his money to finance liberation struggles.
- Louis Farrakhan

I'm not going to deny the fact that I've tried pot.
I hated it.
- Lindsay Lohan

He who believes in freedom of the will has never loved and never hated.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

My father hated radio and could not wait for television
to be invented so he could hate that too.
- Peter De Vries

There was three or four years of my life where I hated myself and you know,
would have quite happily ended it.
- Daniel Johns

Fox News is hated because they're elitists,
and the worst winners television's ever seen.
- Keith Olbermann

I was never encouraged to do it and I played the accordion,
which I hated.
I wish I had taken piano because I definitely would
have written more songs of my own,
but I didn't.
- Connie Francis

I always hated my mole growing up.
I even thought about having it removed.
At the time I didn't do it because I thought it would hurt,
and now I'm glad I didn't.
- Niki Taylor

The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear,
but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I still feel like I gotta prove something.
There are a lot of people hoping I fail.
But I like that.
I need to be hated.
- Howard Stern

My parents were very pleased that I was in the army.
The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more.
- Barry Humphries

I got into television because I hated it so.
I thought, there's some way of using this fabulous
instrument to be of nurture to those who would watch and listen.
- Jeff Greenfield

It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are
hated by the right people.
- Miles Franklin

I hated the bangs in the war: I always felt a silent
war would be more tolerable.
- Pamela Hansford Johnson

I had a number of teachers who hated me.
I didn't do well in school.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I was just standing around and suddenly I was cast as an extra.
I hated it because I was so shy.
- Dwayne Hickman

Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated,
but you wanted to see him.
I happen to really love him.
He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh.
- Gerry Cooney

If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked,
while your own conscience approved you,
and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.
- Charlotte Bronte

Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I never had lessons.
Used to try to play to records, which I hated doing.
Still can't play to them.
- Charlie Watts

A self made man is a rarity and hated by the parasites
that floated to fame thought their parents,
relatives and contacts.
- Al Goldstein

If you've never been hated by your child,
you've never been a parent.
- Bette Davis

When people protest and are upset with a movie,
it becomes a big hit.
They hated Passion of The Christ, it worked out pretty well for the box office.
So let's get that going.
- Denzel Washington

I hated every minute of training, but I said,
"Don't quit.
Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
- Muhammad Ali


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