Inspirational Quotes from Bette Midler

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.

Bette Midler

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

Bette Midler

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

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

Bette Midler

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

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

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

Bette Midler

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

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

Bette Midler

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

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After thirty, a body has a mind of its own.

Bette Midler

Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

Bette Midler

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

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I’m working my way toward divinity.

Bette Midler

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

Bette Midler

I’d never done a straight play before, never, and it was very hard work – really, really hard work. It was dense, really wordy, and I was determined to learn every word of it – not just skip over bits and pieces.

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

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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.

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

Bette Midler

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

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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.

Bette Midler

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.

Bette Midler

As an actor, you’re supposed to take jobs that will challenge you or force fans to see you in a different light. By the ’90s, I wasn’t really an actor anymore. I was someone who went on the road with these gigantic concerts.

Bette Midler

I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the ‘Sister Act’ movie, but I said, ‘My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.’ I literally said, ‘My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.’

Bette Midler

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

Bette Midler

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.

Bette Midler

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.

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Through books and photographs, I saw a world that was not my own – and I realized that there was another world. That’s why I’m concerned about education, because it helps our children see other worlds.

Bette Midler

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

Bette Midler