Harvey Fierstein Quotes & Wallpapers

Harvey Fierstein
Total Quotes: 106


To make positive change requires lasting commitment, lasting commitment requires measurable targets, measurable targets requires detailed action plans, detailed action plans requires a goal you desire, desire requires a positive attitude to change your life, and the option to change your life requires WORK. Byron Pulsifer, from Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life? Harvey Fierstein

Bertha: You have a high voice for a lesbian! Harvey Fierstein

Ed: Whoops. Arnold: Whoops? Ed, did you say whoops? No, Ed. Whoops is when you fall down an elevator shaft. Whoops is when you skinny-dip in a school of piranha. Whoops is when you accidentally douche with Drano! No, Ed. This was no whoops! This was an AAAAAAAAAAAAAUGGGHHH!! Harvey Fierstein

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we're under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

Political movements always belong to the young. Harvey Fierstein

Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. Harvey Fierstein

To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it. And if it's important to the gay youth - who are now setting the agenda - then its important to me. Harvey Fierstein

Theater is my temple and my religion and my act of faith. Strangers sit in a room together and believe together. Harvey Fierstein

Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't. Harvey Fierstein

How time files when you's doin' all the talking. Harvey Fierstein

How time flies when you're doin all the talking. Harvey Fierstein

The next time you feel you have to say, "I love you" to someone, say it to yourself - and see if you believe it. Harvey Fierstein

Bertha: Personally, I never enjoy sex with someone I know. Arnold: Our Lady of High Standards! Harvey Fierstein

Alan: Why are all the mirrors covered? Arnold: So we don't see the pain in our faces. Alan: Why is everyone sitting on boxes? Arnold: To make sure there's pain in our faces. Ma: (sotto voce) You told me he was Jewish! Arnold: Out-of-town Jewish. Harvey Fierstein

Ma: Friend-friend, or euphemism-friend? David: He used to be a euphemism, now he's just a friend. Harvey Fierstein

Arnold: I have taught myself to sew, cook, fix plumbing, I can even pat myself on the back when necessary, so I don't have to ask anyone for anything. There's nothing I need from anyone except for love and respect. And anyone who can't give me those two things has no place in my life. Harvey Fierstein

Do you remember at the presidential convention where they nominated Bush? Do you know what song they played to bring Bush on stage? No. The Best of Times from La Cage aux Folles. I said some fag pulled a fast one on them! Harvey Fierstein

We had great sex, but we argued politics. Now we enjoy politics and argue sex. Harvey Fierstein

Always admit when you're wrong. You'll save thousands in therapy... and a few friendships too. Harvey Fierstein

I got a lovely check today from being a writer that I earned by sitting at home. That's rewarding. Harvey Fierstein

What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change. Harvey Fierstein

My father was brought up in an orphanage in the Catskills. He was a factory worker. And because his family wasn't there for him, family was everything. We could disagree inside the house, but outside the house it was us against the world. So when I became a drag actor, he looked sideways but said okay. Harvey Fierstein

I just don't like politics. My rule is if I can put a spotlight on something, I'll do that. Harvey Fierstein

I have great faith in the United States. It's the only country I would ever live in. Harvey Fierstein

A thing of beauty is a joy till sunrise. Harvey Fierstein

Arnold: Anyway, it's easier to love someone who's dead. They make so few mistakes. Harvey Fierstein

The real point is that you cannot harbor malice toward others and then cry foul when someone displays intolerance against you. Prejudice tolerated is intolerance encouraged. Rise up in righteousness when you witness the words and deeds of hate, but only if you are willing to rise up against them all, including your own. Otherwise suffer the slings and arrows of disrespect silently. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

I am thrilled - I can't stress that enough - thrilled when I see kids getting active. Harvey Fierstein

I actually pray everyday, but I don't believe in God. Harvey Fierstein

The world is full of more interesting things than my voice. Harvey Fierstein

It's through sheer will that I can sing. Harvey Fierstein

As soon as I started writing, other writers stopped wanting me acting in their shows - maybe they thought I was going to rewrite them. Harvey Fierstein

It's a lot of fun to play someone you don't normally think of yourself as. Harvey Fierstein

Bertha: Did your mother have any children that lived? Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

Time will tell us what we did and didn't do. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

Movies are all about plot. Theater, even if it's story heavy, it's about ideas. Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't. Harvey Fierstein

CBS really wants me on TV. That's their aim. My aim is to have an all-gay sitcom someday, with heterosexuals as token guest stars. Let them be the next-door neighbors for a change. Harvey Fierstein

I just want to be loved, is that so wrong?! Harvey Fierstein

You'd probably just lost your virginity, I'd probably just lost count. Harvey Fierstein

Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

Actually, I think the average voice is like 70 percent tone and 30 percent noise. My voice is 95 percent noise. Harvey Fierstein

In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things. Harvey Fierstein

You really, really, really have to love what you are going to do in theater because it is an unmerciful life. It's six days a week. It's eight performances a week. And that's doing the exact same thing over and over and over again. Harvey Fierstein

Bertha: Just wait until you see my act: Bertha Vanation and her Dance of the Virgin. Murray: Which she does completely from memory. Bertha: Bitch! Harvey Fierstein

Arnold: I know you'll find this hard to comprehend, but I want more out of life than meeting a pretty face and sitting down on it. Harvey Fierstein

Hello, boys. How are you all? I just love boys. Hello. Are you here alone? Who are you with?...A woman? At my show?...We'll make believe. It's theatre. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life? Harvey Fierstein

To work all the time is to be incredibly lucky. Harvey Fierstein

I don't believe in the afterlife, so I do think when somebody passes, it's worthy of note. Harvey Fierstein

There are easier things in life than being a drag queen. But I ain't got no choice. Try as I may, I just can't walk in flats. Harvey Fierstein

Somebody should talk to Dan Quayle and tell him natural blondes don't have dark grey stripes on the sides. Harvey Fierstein

Never be bullied into silence. Harvey Fierstein

A child's kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them? Harvey Fierstein

When I went into 'Fiddler,' I wondered about the response I'd get - the backlash because I'm openly gay. There was none. I toured Canada and America, and not one single review suggested that I played the role gay or that I seemed anything but Tevye. Harvey Fierstein

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. Harvey Fierstein

Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don't, or they wouldn't have to say they did. Harvey Fierstein

Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate. Harvey Fierstein

Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it. Harvey Fierstein

Movies are all about plot. Theater, even if it's story heavy, it's about ideas. Harvey Fierstein

I burned out on AIDS and did no AIDS work for a couple of years. I was so angry that people were still getting this disease that nobody can give you - you have to go out and get it! Harvey Fierstein

My play Safe Sex was picked apart because critics thought it was untrue. It was a play in which no one had AIDS, but the characters talked about how it was going to change their lives. Harvey Fierstein

In no way be bullied into silence. Hardly ever permit on your own to become made a sufferer. Acknowledge no one's definition of one's lifetime; define oneself Harvey Fierstein

As the book writer for one big smash and one big smelly flop, I always wondered if anyone knows just what goes into making a great musical. When a show is a hit, the critics trip over themselves not knowing who to laud and applaud the loudest. It's that marvelous score, those urbane lyrics, that irreplaceable star. But only when a show is a flop, does anyone notice the book writer. And then it's always our fault. Harvey Fierstein



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