Quotes by Harvey Fierstein

How time files when you's doin' all the talking.
– Harvey Fierstein
If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?
– Harvey Fierstein
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
– Harvey Fierstein
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.
– Harvey Fierstein
You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it's a role that's underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.
– Harvey Fierstein
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.
– Harvey Fierstein
What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change.
– Harvey Fierstein
To work all the time is to be incredibly lucky.
– Harvey Fierstein
Time will tell us what we did and didn't do.
– Harvey Fierstein
Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't.
– Harvey Fierstein
So, did I work with Warhol? I worked with him less on that play then I did on other things. He actually did a portrait of my rabbit and some other stuff. Warhol was definitely... Warhol.
– Harvey Fierstein
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.
– Harvey Fierstein
My father was brought up in an orphanage in the Catskills. He was a factory worker. And because his family wasn't there for him, family was everything. We could disagree inside the house, but outside the house it was us against the world. So when I became a drag actor, he looked sideways but said okay.
– Harvey Fierstein
Movies are all about plot. Theater, even if it's story heavy, it's about ideas.
– Harvey Fierstein
In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things.
– Harvey Fierstein
I have to work really hard, eight shows a week, to get a nice check as an actor. But when I write a play, and it's a - knock wood - hit, the checks come in for many years.
– Harvey Fierstein
I got a lovely check today from being a writer that I earned by sitting at home. That's rewarding.
– Harvey Fierstein
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.
– Harvey Fierstein
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!
– Harvey Fierstein
I actually pray everyday, but I don't believe in God.
– Harvey Fierstein