Lady Gaga's 26th birthday: 26 of her best quotes
"I like pushing boundaries."
"I'd never let any man come before my career. I guess there's some fear inside of me which makes me this way. My music is never going to roll over in bed one morning and tell me that it doesn't love me any more. I have a big problem with rejection."
"A record deal doesn't make you an artist; you make yourself an artist."
"I actually made a choice to keep my life pretty normal. At some point about two years ago I said to myself, 'OK, am I going to put my toe in Hollywood's pond and figure out if I want to live a glamorous life and assimilate to the glamorous lifestyle?', but I really didn't want to do it. And I don't like Hollywood and I don't like the whole scene and I just said, 'I'm going to go home and figure out how to be the first popstar to live in the same neighborhood for the rest of their life that I grew up in', and that's what I do. I still live where I always lived. I still hang out and drink whiskey at the same bars. I still go to the same hardware store."
"Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world."
"I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in that way."
"I don't like celebrities; I don't hang out with them; I don't relate to that life."
"I don't like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I'm from New York. I will kill to get what I need."
"I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way - artistically."
"I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions."
"I hope that what you take away from my album is not just the music - which I did want to be fun, and I did want it to be about individuality, but please also take away from it that there's no dream that's too big."
"When the whole world has their eyes on you, if you say something that doesn't truly come from your spirit and your soul, or if you wear something that doesn't come from your spirit and your soul, it's an injustice to your position. And so, I'm really myself every single day and I do it because I know my fans would want me to."
"I'm supposed to be, I am an artist. Yes, I'm lonely. But I'm married to my loneliness."
"I work very hard, but when God opens that door for you - when life opens that door for you, I should say - I think it's important to be giving, to return the love back."
"I've been actually really very pleased to see how much awareness was raised around bullying, and how deeply it affects everyone. You know, you don't have to be the loser kid in high school to be bullied. Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms."
"I live halfway between reality and theater at all times. And I was born this way."
"If you are not being bullied all I would say - cause I like to talk about the other side of it as well - is you know, be someone that nurtures, and if there's someone in your class that maybe doesn't have a lot of friends, be the person that sits with them in the cafeteria sometimes; be the bigger person."
"I talk about myself in the third person all the time. I don't live my life in the way someone like you does. I live my life completely serving only my work and my fans."
"I think what made it difficult for people to get, and still makes it difficult for people to get, is the theatrical nature of the work and the fact that, my music doesn't exist without the performance-art element."
"I want my fans to love themselves. It's almost like I want to hypnotize them so when they hear my music they love themselves instantly."
"The instrument that I never learned how to play was my fans. You know, they are the part of the story that nobody teaches you. I just want to do the right thing; I want to be a voice with them, among them."
"If you only believe that you're an artist when you have a big advance in your pocket and a single coming out, I would say that's quite soulless. You have to have a sense of your own greatness and your own ability from a very deep place inside you. I am the one with the litmus test in my hands of what people need to hear next."
"In a sense I portray myself in a very androgynous way, and I love androgyny."
"There's nothing more provocative than taking a genre that everybody who's cool hates - and then making it cool."
"What I've discovered is that in art, as in music, there's a lot of truth-and then there's a lie. The artist is essentially creating his work to make this lie a truth, but he slides it in amongst all the others. The tiny little lie is the moment I live for, my moment. It's the moment that the audience falls in love."
"What I've learned is that you really don't need to be a celebrity or have money or have the paparazzi following you around to be famous."