Sometimes my mind boggles. It's so deep my mind actually boggles.
You can't stamp out individuality - there's too many of us.
I get the greatest feeling when I'm singing. It's other-worldly. Your feet are anchored into the Earth and into this energy force that comes up through your feet and goes up the top of your head and maybe you're holding hands with the angels or the stars, I have no idea.
Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across. If you get too serious, you could die of starch.
You know, I do speak the Queens English. It's just the wrong Queens that's all. It's over the 59th Street Bridge. It's not over the Atlantic Ocean.
I'm in the business where you get the business all the time.
God has more important things to worry about than who I sleep with.
What, do you think that feminism means you hate men?
You always have to remember - no matter what you're told - that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.
On being a feminist: "I'm a bra-burner from way back!"
You can laugh when I talk, but not when I sing. People used to throw rocks at me for my clothes...now they wanna know where I buy them.
As the audiences got larger, the participation got larger. And I found myself in Dallas, and 20,000 people were singing 'Madonna Whore' back at me. I thought... this is really a great thing. They wanted to hear it really badly, and here they are.
Somebody did complain to me and tell me that my clothes were so loud they couldn't hear me sing.
When I sing I don't feel like it's me. I feel I am fabulous, like I'm 10 feet tall. I am the greatest. I am the strongest. I am Samson. I'm whoever I want to be.
There have been great things that happened to me. If they didn't happen to me, I wouldn't be here. Everything was supposed to happen to me. I wouldn't have the sight that I have, I wouldn't have the creative moments that I have, I wouldn't be able to articulate what I need to articulate. I wouldn't have my son. I wouldn't have my husband. I'm a lucky woman. Everything. Every single thing. There are no mistakes.
I've got a Grammy and Emmy, I'd like to have a Tony.
I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I - a car?
I lucked out when I started to sing. I'd already experienced failing at everything else
I've always wondered what it would be like if somebody from outer space landed with three heads. Then all of a sudden everybody else wouldn't look so bad, huh? Well, OK you're a little different from me but, hey, ya got one head.
(about her album 'At Last') It was an idea to do a special project. because people would come see me live and go, 'Gee, I didn't know she could sing.' And I'd be like, 'Yeah, you ever tried to sing 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,' pal?'
When I got hoarse, the manager would say, 'Drink this. Joplin used to drink this,' and I used to say, 'Joplin? Joplin's dead.