Quotes by: Madonna Ciccone
I believe sometimes we aren't always in charge of everything that we do creatively. We submit to things as we're going on our own journey.
In England especially, I've found that if you bring up King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson at a dinner party or a social gathering, it's like throwing a Molotov cocktail into the room.
A lot of places I go are dangerous, like Tel Aviv or Rio, but that never stops me from going there and putting on a show. I have good security. I don't worry about that.
When I first came to New York I was a dancer, and a French record label offered me a recording contract and I had to go to Paris to do it. So I went there and that's how I really got into the music business. But I didn't like what I was doing when I got there, so I left, and I never did a record there.
You realise that having a number one record and being loved and adored isn't the most important thing in the world. But at the same time, I don't have a problem with it. What I'm trying to say is, I'm not a reluctant pop star.
Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.
I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.
I always felt like I was a freak when I was growing up and that there was something wrong with me because I couldn't fit in anywhere.
I'm not interested in being Wonder Woman in the delivery room. Give me drugs.
I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.
One thing I've learned is that I'm not the owner of my talent; I'm the manager of it.
I go to Malawi twice a year. It's where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It's sort of a commitment that I've made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS.
There's always elements of danger in New York, but people are always out on the street. I don't feel scared there at all.
Being famous has changed a lot, because now there's so many outlets, between magazines, TV shows, and the Internet, for people to stalk and follow you. We created the monster.
I think a lot of people have a problem with the fact that I've adopted an African child, a child who has a different color skin than I do.
If I was a girl again, I would like to be like my fans, I would like to be like Madonna.
I'm encouraging other people, whether they're professionals or not, to use their creativity to express themselves, to get a conversation going, to get the party started, really.
Prince Charles is very relaxed at the table, throwing his salad around willy-nilly. I didn't find him stiff at all.
I love being a mother. My children fill me up in many ways, and inspire me in many ways, but I need a partner in my life, and I think most people feel that way.
I have my work and my faith... If that's boring to some people, I can't tell you how much I don't care.
I was more of a dancing kid than a singing kid. I mean, I sang in school choirs and I sang in school musicals, but I was much more interested in dancing than singing.
I have a funny relationship with religion. I'm a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn't hurt anybody. But I'm not a big fan of rules. And yet, we cannot live in a world without order.
I grew up in a high school where it was very conservative, and I felt like people disapproved of me, and I felt like an outsider.