Barbra Streisand quotes

Born
April 24, 1942, New York City, U.S.

Occupation
Singer, songwriter, actress.

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, songwriter, actress.

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

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

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

I’m sure that I don’t know everything I want to know. I have so much more to learn.
– Barbra Streisand

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

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.
– Barbra Streisand

I need instant gratification.
– Barbra Streisand

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

They’re called ‘angels’ because they’re in heaven until the reviews come out.
– Barbra Streisand

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

When I sing, people shut up.
– Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

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.
– Barbra Streisand

I like simple things. Elastic waists, so I can eat.
– Barbra Streisand

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

I only began to sing because I couldn’t get a job as an actress.
– Barbra Streisand

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.
– Barbra Streisand

The audience is the barometer of the truth.
– Barbra Streisand

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

Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.
– 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

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

I still like my antique clothes.
– Barbra Streisand

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

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

I just don’t want to be hampered by my own limitations.
– Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

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

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.
– Barbra Streisand

I’m a work in progress.
– Barbra Streisand

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

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

I was kind of a wild child. I wasn’t taught the niceties of life.
– Barbra Streisand

Around people I don’t know, I’m totally at a loss.
– Barbra Streisand

Oh God, don’t envy me, I have my own pains.
– Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

I’m tired of malicious articles slandering me.
– Barbra Streisand

I go by instinct – I don’t worry about experience.
– Barbra Streisand

It is every woman’s dream to be some man’s dream woman.
– Barbra Streisand

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