Harvey Fierstein Quotes

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

Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

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

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

Always admit when you’re wrong. You’ll save thousands in therapy… and a few friendships too.

And I believe that you never be limited in what you do, so I like to do movies, I like to do television.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

How time files when you’s doin’ all the talking.

I actually may do a musical next year… not one that I’ve written; one that I may star in. Plus my concert and other people’s work and all of a sudden you’ve got a very full life.

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!

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 would be nice to redefine ourselves – at the moment we are drowning in diversity. That’s not a bad thing, its just going to take a while before we refocus.

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.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

Political movements always belong to the young.

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.

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

Time will tell us what we did and didn’t do.

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

When I write stuff and I help cast it, I turn away good people all the time. I may turn them down because this one’s too tall and that one doesn’t have a high enough voice or this one looks to old to match up with that one – there’s a billion reasons not to hire somebody.