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“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.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I wasn’t supported, I wasn’t given any self-esteem.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I can’t cook, at all. I would not know how to make coffee. I took cooking classes, so I know how to make chocolate soufflé, but ask me if I want to make soufflé. I let somebody else make the chocolate soufflé, and I eat it. I found that, when I took cooking classes and tried to cook, I didn’t want to eat it. The joy was gone. I was always filthy with the stuff, and then had to clean it up. I don’t like that.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I’m a terrible lip-syncer anyway because I have to be in the moment, and I can’t lip-sync to something I recorded three months before.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“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.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I am a nice person. I care about my driver having lunch, you know.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“It’s true that I have a very healthy ego; anybody who creates does.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“Sometimes you resent the people you love and need the most. Love is so fascinating in all its forms, and I think everyone who has ever been a mother will relate to this.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I was raised on the streets, in hot, steamy Brooklyn, with stifled air.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“You don’t ask a man, ‘Do you want to be in control [of your job]?’ You assume he wants control. Why would a woman be any different?”

 

Barbra Streisand

“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.”

 

Barbra Streisand

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

 

Barbra Streisand

“How could such a destructive man [referring to Bush] be so popular with the American people?… Not only is he poisoning our air and water – he’s poisoning our political system as well.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I still like my antique clothes.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“The audience is the barometer of the truth.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I was kind of a wild child. I wasn’t taught the niceties of life.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“As a young woman, I wanted nothing more than to see my name in lights.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft frightening.”

 

Barbra Streisand

“I don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like talking about the work.”

 

Barbra Streisand