Harvey Fierstein Quotes

  • So, did I work with Warhol? I worked with him less on that play then I did on other things. He actually did a portrait of my rabbit and some other stuff. Warhol was definitely... Warhol.
  • The great thing about suicide is that it's not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.
  • You may feel powerless as a child, but the world will one day be yours. And you're responsible for it. So, seize the day and take charge of it.
  • I got the regular call, that they were doing a Broadway musical of Hairspray, and would I come and audition. I was familiar with the movie, because at the time it came out my lover wrote for Premiere magazine, and we had to see everything.
  • It's a lot of fun to play someone you don't normally think of yourself as.
  • Actually, I think the average voice is like 70 percent tone and 30 percent noise. My voice is 95 percent noise.
  • The world is full of more interesting things than my voice.
  • Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
  • But actually just yesterday we raised the key of one of my songs two steps up, so my voice is obviously responding. It's a muscle, and the more you use it, the more you use it right, the more you should get out of it. So yes, I sing.
  • How time files when you's doin' all the talking.
  • Nothing binds a people to their leader like a common enemy. Voters don't change governments during war.
  • Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out.
  • Anyone with a smart phone is a potential eyewitness cameraman capturing and transmitting stories at speeds that turn Reuter photos and traditional reporting into, well... yesterday's news.
  • I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
  • It's a wonderful world. You can't go backwards. You're always moving forward. It's the wonderful part about life. And that's terrific.
  • It's through sheer will that I can sing.
  • But I'm not adverse to the idea of Torch Song as a musical. It would just be different. Because the play will always be there exactly as it was, and in a musical you could tell a lot of the story through songs.
  • You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it's a role that's underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.
  • In London they don't like you if you're still alive.
  • Theater is my temple and my religion and my act of faith. Strangers sit in a room together and believe together.
  • If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?
  • What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change.
  • While we dance in the streets and pat ourselves on the back for being a nation great enough to reach beyond racial divides to elect our first African-American president, let us not forget that we remain a nation still proudly practicing prejudice.
  • Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.