"Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Harvey Fierstein on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Harvey Fierstein on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Harvey Fierstein on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Harvey Fierstein on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Harvey Fierstein on Dalai Lama
"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate."
"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."
"What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change."
"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."
"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."