Judy Garland Quotations

I couldn't care less. I sing to people!
-- when told by a reporter that she had a large gay following.

How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child.

Well, we have a whole new year ahead of us. And 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 - next year at this time - we'd like each other a little more.

[MGM] had us working days and nights on end. They'd give us pep-up pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they'd take us to the studio hospital and knock us cold with sleeping pills . . . Then after four hours they'd wake us up and give us the pep-up pills again so we could work another 72 hours in a row. I started to feel like a wind-up toy from FAO Schwarz.

Hollywood is a strange place if you're in trouble. Everybody thinks it's contagious.

She was the real Wicked Witch of the West.
-- on her sadistic stage mother.

I was born at the age of 12 on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.

I wanted to believe and I tried my damndest to believe in the rainbow that I tried to get over and couldn't. So what? Lots of people can't...

As for my feelings toward "Over the Rainbow", it's become part of my life. It is so symbolic of all my dreams and wishes that I'm sure that's why people sometimes get tears in their eyes when they hear 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.

My mother had a marvelous talent for mishandling money - mine. When I was put under stock contract at Metro and had a steady income for the first time, we lived in a four-unit apartment building. I suggested to Mother that we buy it as an investment and rent the other three apartments. She hit me in the mouth and invested the money in a nickel mine in Needles, California, that has never been found. We never got a nickel back.

Some of the [midget] men used to tease me while we were making The Wizard of Oz (1939). They used to sneak under my dress! I told them if they ever went under there - and I found out about it - they were in big trouble!

I think she decided to go into show business when she was an embryo, she kicked so much.
-- on daughter Liza Minnelli.

The stage hands hadn't even built the set yet, and the press had me walking off it!
-- during her short stint as a cast member of The Valley of the Dolls (1967).

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.

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.

I'm a woman who wants to reach out and take 40 million people in her arms.

I have the unfortunate habit of not being able to have an affair with a man without being in love with him.

If I am a, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you.

The teacher, I think, was named Ma Barker.
-- of the MGM Studio school.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Behind every cloud is another cloud.

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.

I think there's something peculiar about me that I haven't died. It doesn't make sense but I refuse to die.

I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.

I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot.

I'm the original take-orders girl.

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.

I've never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.

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.

If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.

It's lonely and cold on the top... lonely and cold.

There have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life... I think I must have been crying for some attention.

'Twas not my lips you kissed but my soul.

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.

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.

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