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

I always wear the same thing at home. I can't be bothered with jewelry. My pants have elastic waists. I like to be comfortable. There are so many more important things to worry about.

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.

I also have intense relationships with furniture... probably because we practically had none when I was growing up.

I do have friends that are Republicans, and we have very spirited conversations on a whole range of issues. I am often baffled by why they are Republicans, but I enjoy the dialogue and can move beyond politics to find common ground in my personal relationships.

When I was working a lot, I felt guilty as a parent. I couldn't pick up my son every day from school, bake him cookies and that kind of thing.

I remember when I was 5 living on Pulaski Street in Brooklyn, the hallway of our building had a brass banister and a great sound, a great echo system. I used to sing in the hallway.

I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.

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

The audience is the barometer of the truth.

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

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

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.

I'm tired of malicious articles slandering me.

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.

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.

It always gave me the creeps when I saw performers who desperately wanted the audience to like them. That's not what I'm about.

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

I don't read music. Not even essentially. Not even nonessentially.

I guess if you have an original take on life, or something about you is original, you don't have to study people who came before you. You don't have to mimic anybody. You just have a gut feeling inside, an instinct that tells you what's right for you, and you can't do it in any other way.

Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?

I'm a work in progress.

It is sort of boring to stay in the same spot. You know, I didn't set out to become the first to do this, the first to do that. It was just that my interests were so diversified.

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

When I sing, people shut up.

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.

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

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

I'd started going to acting classes at 14, played 'Medea' at 15 and really wanted to be a classical actress.

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

I was kind of a wild child. I wasn't taught the niceties of life.

My mother never really thought I could become anything.

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

When I was a teenager in New York, I was buying antique clothes. I still am.

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

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

Issues of foreign policy have a place in every election for President.

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.

My mother told me I should be a secretary, but I wanted to be an actress from when I was very young.

I need instant gratification.

I hear these melodies. I hear horn lines and string lines. That's what's fun about recording with an orchestra.

Being a woman in music was fine, but when I wanted to direct, I was poking my head into a man's world.

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.

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

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?

I only began to sing because I couldn't get a job as an actress.

Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.

Directing is so interesting. You know, it just sort of encompasses everything that you see, that you know, that you've felt, that you have observed.

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