I'm a woman who wants to reach out and take 40 million people in her arms.
From the time I was thirteen, there was a constant struggle between MGM and me - whether or not to eat, how much to eat, what to eat. I remember this more vividly than anything else about my childhood.
My mother had a marvelous talent for mishandling money - mine.
There have been a lot of stories written about me, some of them fantastically distorted.
I was always lonesome. The only time I felt accepted or wanted was when I was on stage performing. I guess the stage was my only friend: the only place where I could feel comfortable. It was the only place where I felt equal and safe.
When you get to know a lot of people, you make a great discovery. You find that no one group has a monopoly on looks, brains, goodness or anything else. It takes all the people - black and white, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant, recent immigrants and Mayflower descendants - to make up America.
A really great reception makes me feel like I have a great big warm heating pad all over me. People en masse have always been wonderful to me. I truly have a great love for an audience, and I used to want to prove it to them by giving them blood.
I believe that the real expression of your religious beliefs is shown in the daily pattern of your life, in what you contribute to your surroundings and what you take away without infringing on the rights of other people.
I don't always have to sing a song. There is something besides 'The Man That Got Away' or 'Over the Rainbow' or 'The Trolley Song.' There's a woman. There are three children. There's me! There's a lot of life going here.
I think that I have every right to write a book. I think I'm interesting. I have perspective about me.
In our house, the word of Louis B. Mayer became the law.
My father's death was the most terrible thing that happened to me in my life.
When I die I have visions of fags singing 'Over the Rainbow' and the flag at Fire Island being flown at half mast.
I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.
Hollywood is a strange place if you're in trouble. Everybody thinks it's contagious.
I've never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.
Audiences have kept me alive.
You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage. The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people.
I've been in love with audiences all my life, and I've tried to please. I hope I did.
When you have lived the life I've lived, when you've loved and suffered, and been madly happy and desperately sad - well, that's when you realize you'll never be able to set it all down. Maybe you'd rather die first.
If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.
Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh, why can't I?
We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.
He gave me a look at myself I've never had before. He saw something in me nobody else ever did. He made me see it too. He made me believe it.
Behind every cloud is another cloud.
Give the people what they want and then go have a hamburger.
I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot.
I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it.
In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
To let a fool kiss you is bad...To let a kiss fool you is worse. 'Twas not my lips you kissed but my soul.
I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
Wouldn t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we'd like each other a little bit more.
The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
I've seen the ticket, and I still can't believe it. When I see the money, I hope I don't hit the floor.
I'm the original take-orders girl.
There have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life... I think I must have been crying for some attention.
I was born in a lovely white house with a garden.