30 of Bette Midler's Most Inspiring Quotes

Bette Midler singing on a stage in 'Beaches'
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30 Bette Midler Quotes You Need to Read, Because We Said So

Who doesn't love Bette Midler?

The singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer has left a positive impact on so many through her work and simply by being who she is.

We admire Bette for far too many reasons to list here, though if you'd really like to hear them, feel free to reach out. If you want to short explanation, read through these Bette Midler quotes and you'll quickly understand why we adore her.

Best Bette Midler Quotes

  • "I have my standards. They're low, but I have them."

  • "Cherish forever what makes you unique."

  • "I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity."

  • "I want it all–and I would like it delivered."

  • "People are not the best because they work hard. They work hard because they are the best."

  • "I never know how much of what I say is true."

  • "I bear no grudges. I have a mind that retains nothing."

  • "If you can accept your differentness and learn to love it and encourage it, then you can be someone wonderful."

  • "Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed."

  • "The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you."

Inspiring Bette Midler Quotes

  • "After 30, a body has a mind of its own."

  • "I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed."

  • "Find your light: They can't love you if they can't see you."

  • "My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors."

  • "People have no obligation to live up to their potential."

  • "It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live."

  • "I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot."

  • "Through books and photographs, I saw a world that was not my own—and I realized that there was another world. That's why I'm concerned about education, because it helps our children see other worlds."

  • "If your'e passionate about something, then you should pick up your flag and run with it."

  • "If I don't feel right about what I'm in, I don't feel right about anything."

Motivational Bette Midler Quotes

  • "I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world."

  • "Self-esteem is something you have to earn! The only way to achieve self-esteem is to work hard. People have an obligation to live up to their potential."

  • "I'm working my way toward divinity."

  • "Make sure your life is a rare entertainment! It doesn't take anything drastic. You needn't be gorgeous or wealthy or smart, just very enthusiastic!"

  • "Life is not fair. And you have to choose your battles, because there are some that you cannot win."

  • "I'm the last of the truly tacky women. I do trash with flash and sleaze with ease."

  • "A person's life is a journey, a road. Sometimes you go off the road and sometimes you stay on all the way through. But you are the only one on that road. It's your road."

  • "Men's brains are smaller than those of women so they can fit into their penises."

  • "You have to think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread, but you have to know that you're not."

  • "Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to—or can't—join the Big Parade."

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