I've enjoyed every age I've been, and each has had its own individual merit. Every laugh line, every scar, is a badge I wear to show I've been present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I display proudly for all to see. Nowadays, I don't want a "perfect" face and body; I want to wear the life I've lived.— Pat Benatar
The most delightful Pat Benatar quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
We live and learn from our mistakes, the deepest cuts are healed by faith.
I read somewhere that we are all more than we know.
And I really believe that. Everybody is worth something, and think of all the amazing things that you could be to each other, to people you don't even know, of all the things that you could accomplish.
Hell is for Children' is amazing to do every night and 'Promises in the Dark' and 'Love Is a Battlefied,' of course, but my absolute favorite would be 'Heartbreaker.' It's the one that started everything, so it has a very special place in my heart. And it still rocks every night! It's so fun to do.
But the soul of touring and the heart of it is basically every day is like putting up a circus tent.
With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.
When the first record came out, I'd go down to radio stations pretty much every day to get the record played, and I would walk in and they'd tell us how much they loved the record, but they weren't sure how much they could play it because they were already playing a girl.
If you're retired, it's a blessing. You know, if you want to keep working and doing what you want to do, it's not a blessing as all - it's a curse.
Before I put another notch in my lipstick case, you better make sure you put me in my place.
Once I had kids, my whole attitude changed.
I was like, "You make a spinal cord from scratch and we'll talk."
Gays are the best, though - we just did Gay Pride in Long Beach and in Tampa.
And they're the best audience. They're so enthusiastic. They come dressed up - it's really fun. They're crazy and I love them. They're sweet as can be. Even my macho husband, he has a great time, too. He's so cool, he doesn't care. He loves them.
I don't know who it is, probably some geek - said that when a female gets to a certain age, all her sexuality goes. She's not a vital person anymore. If you're somebody's mother you're not vital. This is such crap, because you're still a person. You still have all the things that you came into childbearing with and all that kind of stuff.
You shouldn't have to pay for your love with your bones and your flesh.
I like Lady Gaga because I like that she pushes the envelope.
The great times were never as great as they seem in the rearview mirror.
We can't afford to be innocent, stand up and face the enemy.
It's a do or die situation, we will be invincible.
It's so hard [to be parent] and no matter how old you get and how experienced you get you're always scared you're going to screw it up and you're going to make a mistake.
I wasn't a visionary but I literally had my finger on the pulse of the women of America.
You're a heartbreaker, dream maker, love taker, don't you mess around with me.
I never looked at people or singing as commodities.
You don't want to trash what you've done; that's your history.
I play ten, twelve weeks out of the year, five times a week, and I really still love to do it. But that's not what I'm interested in doing now. Even though I love it.
I love Katy Perry, she is a wonderful pop singer.
Everything changes all the time, and unfortunately, everyone who knows what you do by buying records only hears a small amount of what's going on in your life.
Love and pain become one in the same in the eyes of a wounded child.
I don't care who's on the label, because I have a job to do.
Everything that we do I pretty much want to be organic, so if that happens, then that's okay with me. But I'm not interested in trying to re-create what once was. That doesn't interest me; it's boring.
I felt I had a responsibility to do the right thing.
And then I wanted to do the right thing by my family and there was no handbook.
You're the Picasso of pain.
I spent most of my adult life as someone's mother and the rest of my life trying to make sure that children are safe. So this to me is - we wrote Hell Is For Children in 1979.
It was very difficult when I was trying to figure out how to have a marriage and babies and do this at the same time. There was no handbook. You were making it up as you went along.
You can't change the past so don't let it haunt you.
You can change the future but first you've got to want to.
Love is a battlefield.
Love is more than a one way reflection, stop using sex as a weapon.
We'll just play it cool, like Elvis at 19.
There are so many young women coming up through the ranks.
Adele is an amazing singer. Beyonce has great stage presence. She's just a beautiful woman. I love how everyone has just taken charge of their lives and careers.
You have to be true, you have to be honest.
. Don't do anything, just figure out what it is that is true to you, what makes you happiest to do and be out there. And if it doesn't work, then you just have to call it a day and go find something else. But don't make it up. Don't go out there and pretend to be something you aren't.
I love "Heartbreaker." "Heartbreaker" stands up for me still. It still works to me. The sentiment is still timely and it just works. But I don't want to do that again. I'm not interested in re-creating that. That was great and I'll just leave it there.
People's lives change dramatically over such a long time period, and I think that if you're still vital, and you're still interested in writing and things like that, of course your music evolves and reflects where you are in your life.
I have different reasons for the way that I react to things now that I have kids. It's not about me, it's about my children going out into this world that makes me say, "What the hell are you all doing?" I have to put them out there, and then I have to worry.
We are strong No one can tell us we're wrong Searching our hearts for so long, both of us knowing LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD We are young Heartache to heartache we stand No promises no demands LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
It's really hard to make records and concentrate and have a free mind, because I have this whole other life. If you don't have kids it's a whole other thing. I think you can be fifty and still have a rock and roll lifestyle; you can still perpetuate that.
First of all, I'm pretty private about my personal life.
At fifty. I thought I would be done. I thought I'd be finished by now. So I have no idea. I just leave it.
Of course, you're not making records in a vacuum.
I'm not making them for myself. It would be nice if I could get more people to hear them. But if I have to sell my soul to the devil to do it, I won't.
My most important inspirational job that I do is raising those kids.
That's my job. And that's where my ambition goes. But I have a life. I'm not only their mother. I'm still who I was before, I just don't get to be it all the time.
When I was a kid about joining the Peace Corps.
It said it was "the hardest job you'll ever love." This is what parenting is, as far as I'm concerned. This is parenting. That is the friggin' Peace Corps. Because you don't love doing this - this is the thing you love the most in your life, it's the best thing you ever do.
I can't stand what people do to each other.
I think we're brilliant as a species. I think we are amazing. I think that God is incredible, that He just gave us everything. Everything in our face. Everything for us to use. And sometimes we're such shitheads. And it makes me crazy.
In my early 20s, I had this idea that I was going to front a band, like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. I didn't just want to be the chick singing ballads about somebody breaking my heart. Everyone in the business said, 'Why don't you do what Olivia Newton-Jonn and Linda Ronstadt are doing?' But I wanted to sing as a powerful female who wasn't afraid to speak her mind or be sexual.