I'm studying Kabbalah, which is really the essence of Jewish spirituality.— Sandra Bernhard
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Everybody has their own way of tapping into their realness.
... coming to a place like Nashville, which is just music music music, it's always been such an influence on me. And there are so many interesting songwriters out there, and it's such a crazy business and so many people are trying to do it, and it's all right there in Nashville.
I really, really love Hilary Clinton. I think she's very cool. She's out there and she's involved.
That disturbs people when they know they didn't have the guts or integrity to stick to their dreams.
I was looking for something within Judaism that had a spiritual nature and not just a religious nature. So my trainer at the time was the one who took me to the Kabbalah center on my 40th birthday. I was like, "Oh, this is so cool." I was just ready for it. I was ready for something different.
Anything that has cynicism to it and that's jaded is smutty.
I knew I wanted to be a performer and do comedy at 5 years old.
My dad's wife, Marlene Rosenbaum, was boiling water and she goes, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I said, "A comedian." And she laughed and laughed because she thought that was the cutest, funniest thing.
There are few performers who would have had the audacity to even bring up the fact that they had been poorly reviewed.
I've always been opposed to groups. I can't believe the doctrine of group is going to work for every single person within the group.
I really have a problem with any kind of drug, I always have.
There are so few women in general who aren't completely threatened and confused by other women's success. It's very disappointing.
Not everybody is cookie-cutter. You just can't be. There are too many variables in life.
The real terrorist threats are George W. Bush and his band of brown-shirted thugs.
I don't need to be redundant to the gay community about what's wrong and what isn't happening for them.
When people pay to see you live, they connect with you on a much deeper level than people who just buy your records.
I think I've drawn from some of the most feminine women, like Jackie Kennedy.
I am totally devastated that she's gone. She had it all.
I'm very much a humanist. I'm very much pro-choice. I'm very much politically correct.
I'm trying to appeal to the disenfranchised everybody, not just specifically gay.
I think everybody is covering their [posteriors] with the Enron scandal and it was very convenient that Sept. 11 came along to deflect the fact that they should never have been in the White House in the first place. What happened in the election was completely corrupt.
Gayness is a non-issue.
I've become this sort of icon for the gay community. I don't like the position.
Random things make me laugh.
People feel like if they don't have a voice or a name or the spotlight, then they're invisible. But if you can't wake up in your world, in your life, with your family and your friends, and enjoy it, then forget it. All bets are off, because that's all anybody is guaranteed.
I really thought I wanted to be a musical-comedy star, but I lived in Phoenix and didn't want to go all the way to New York and be that far away from home. So I thought maybe I'd be a rock 'n' roll singer or an opera singer.
Purim, one of my favorite holidays. It's like the original drag queen's holiday. It's when all the Jewish men go for it and feel no guilt for a change.
If you come home to a household of chaos and anger and fear, you're not going to feel protected from the world.
I don't like going back and listening to myself.
It makes me uncomfortable, and I know I can never emulate what I did that night, so why listen to it?
I don't want someone coming in and passing judgment on my life.
I think people are a little bit intimidated by me.
You know, I'm not exactly a wilting flower, so I think they're a little bit scared of me sometimes.
I like the energy of live performance.
I would never wanna do a show that's strictly maudlin and invaded my personal life and my home. I would never do that.
New York has always been a sense of eclectic kind of freedom and expression on a lot of different levels.
Personally, I'm waiting for caller IQ.
The most important, overriding arc of my career has been that I would never be self-deprecating.
I think there are always different times in your life when you go, "Oh, god.
I wish I were traditionally pretty. My life would be so much easier." But then you get through that, and you go, "Well, I'm not."
From the time I was a kid, I'd never joined groups.
I hated high school groups. I hung out with hippies, musical people. I hung out with whomever I found compelling and interesting and smart. And I continued to do that throughout my life.
If you want to dig, if you want to pry, do it on your time, but I'm going to be a woman of dignity.
I feel like you've gotta be able to get up every night in front of a live audience. Whether it's 10 people or 50 people or a hundred people, whether you're in a rock band or doing the comedy circuit.
I think so much of what informs us as performers is what we had to endure as kids growing up. I was the youngest in my family. I always got a lot of attention.
It's up to couples, to individuals, to have a trust between each other.
At no time do I come from a cynical point of view. I'm coming from a concerned point of view.
Things are so scary and intimidating with AIDS and the right wing that people are looking for somebody to just give them safe harbors.
You have to take the basics of feminism and the kind of outline of it and do what you do with it. You have to make things work for your own life.
If I've learned anything in my 30s, it's about holding back a little bit.
I don't believe in karma.
For most of my relationships, I would have liaisons, and I would feel guilty.
Be who you are and I'll be who I am. I refuse to take sides, because everybody has their story.
The fumes are killing us, and we wonder why things are going haywire.
When I was really little, I was skinny and people laughed at me for being skinny, so, we all pay our dues for the bodies we're in one way or another. But thank god I haven't needed to alter it to feel good about myself.