"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."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Harvey Fierstein on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Harvey Fierstein on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Harvey Fierstein on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Harvey Fierstein on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Harvey Fierstein on Fran Lebowitz
"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate."
"Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it."
"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."