My mother was the most creative, fantastic person and would come up with great things for us to do. She'd buy art supplies and all of us would sit around painting. I was lucky.

Women are the real architects of society.

I don't know what else I would be if I wasn't me. I am not looking from the outside, looking back. I am who I am.

I really don't think of myself as a singer. I think of myself as an entertainer, and the best place I do it is onstage.

I can trust my friends These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.

If you're black in this country, if you're a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?

I am never offended when I see the drag-queens dressed up like me.

I've always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me.

I don't need a man. But I'm happier with one. I like to have someone I can touch and squeeze and kiss. But I don't fold up and die if I don't have a man around.

Men should be like Kleenex, soft, strong and disposable.

I'm amusing and crazy on Twitter. I talk about important things, stupid things.

Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these people really believe what they're doing is right.

I'm insecure about everything, because... I'm never going to look in the mirror and see this blond, blue-eyed girl. That is my idea of what I'd like to look like.

A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.

I kill myself for my body.

If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.

It's not necessary, in order to be a complete person, that I have a man. It's not the end-all, be-all of my life.

The road is a nasty place and lonely.

To me marriage is for five or ten years.

I think that the longer I look good, the better gay men feel.

I'm still friends with all my exes, apart from my husbands.

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then marry him.

Yes, it's a man's world, but that's all right because they're making a total mess of it. We're chipping away at their control, taking the parts we want. Some women think it's a difficult task, but it's not.

I only answer to two people, myself and God.

In this business it takes time to be really good - and by that time, you're obsolete.

I don't like Bush. I don't trust him. I don't like his record. He's stupid. He's lazy.

I remember a great America where we made everything. There was a time when the only thing you got from Japan was a really bad cheap transistor radio that some aunt gave you for Christmas.

Men aren't necessities. They're luxuries.

I'm not old-fashioned.

People are negative no matter what you do.

Don't take your toys inside just because it's raining.

I've been famous my entire life; I don't know any other way.

I went through absolute stress and mayhem. I couldn't go out, because people were constantly on my back all the time.

You've probably noticed already that I'm dressed like a grown-up... I apologize to the Academy, and I promise that I will never do it again.

I can't do coffee, but I can do Dr. Pepper.

Women have to harness their power - its absolutely true. It's just learning not to take the first no

I'm learning English at the moment. I can say 'Big Ben', 'Hello Rodney', 'Tower Bridge' and 'Loo'.

I wish that I did the things that I really believe in, because when I do, my life goes much smoother.

If grass can grow through cement love can find you at every time in your life.

I keep coming back because I have no place else to go. What else would I do? I love to sing.

I'm scared to death of being poor. It's like a fat girl who loses 500 pounds but is always fat inside. I grew up poor and will always feel poor inside. It's my pet paranoia.

Anyone who's a great kisser I'm always interested in.

Words are like weapons; they wound sometimes.

I know I'm not supposed to have any opinions about politics, because I'm famous.

I have a problem with religion that makes it so, like, 'We are the ones. We are the chosen ones.'

I know it sounds weird, but how bad, how hard can dying be?

Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.

Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.

I think I am a product of my mother's sensibilities and my mother's values. There has been lots of battling and lots of love and it's never an easy road for us. But in the deepest recesses, I do have my mother's values.