"Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Bette Midler on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Bette Midler on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Bette Midler on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Bette Midler on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Bette Midler on Robert Frost
"After thirty, a body has a mind of its own."
"I hope to keep entertaining in some way until I can't physically entertain any longer. It's what I was born to do, and I love this profession."
"The worst part of success is to try finding someone who is happy for you."