190 Madonna Quotes on Life, Love, and Beauty

It’s no surprise that this woman changed the face of pop culture forever, and these are the top 190 Madonna quotes to prove it.

From the early days of her career until now, Madonna has persisted down her path—being a singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur who continues to inspire millions around the globe.

Rising up to fame fairly early in her solo career, her immense popularity in the 80s and 90s gave her leverage and power to control the industry, which was something unprecedented during that time.

It is through her confidence that she’s been able to face all odds and succeed in her art and passion.

In this collection, we’ve rounded up our favorite quotes from Madonna that talk about music, life, purpose, and many more.

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Best Madonna Quotes

Madonna Quotes - No matter where you've come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself.

1. “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself.”

2. “I don’t care if you hate me or love me, as long as I make you think.”

3. “I hope I will always have the ability to create art and live in a world where I can speak freely, and I can inspire people. I don’t know what form that will take.”

4. “You can be sexy, but you can’t be 50.”

5. “We all need to treat each other with human dignity and respect.”

6. “Fame gets you in the door, but it doesn’t keep you in the room.”

7. “Popularity comes and goes. You need to know who you are, what you stand for, and why you’re here.”

8. “I am not reinventing myself. I am going through the layers and revealing myself. I am on a journey—an adventure that’s constantly changing shape.”

9. “I always acted like a star long before I was one.”

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Madonna Quotes to Live By

Madonna Quotes - A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.

10. “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”

11. “I laugh at myself. I don’t take myself completely seriously. I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to—you have to laugh, especially at yourself.”

12. “If you’re sure of who you are, it doesn’t really matter what people call you, does it?”

13. “Better to live one year as a tiger, then a hundred as sheep.”

14. “Sometimes, you just have to go and make a mess of things to get people to pay attention.”

15. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”

16. “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.”

17. “As much good as it does, social media can also encourage stupidity and degradation.”

18. “I believe in equal rights for all people.”

19. “I want the good life, but I don’t want an easy ride. What I want is to work for it, feel the blood and sweat on my fingertips.”

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Powerful Madonna Quotes That Will Inspire You

Madonna Quotes - I am because we are. We all bleed the same color.

20. “I am because we are. We all bleed the same color. We all want to love and be loved.”

21. “It’s not my nature to just kick back.”

22. “I think you can be defiant and rebellious and still be strong and positive.”

23. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

24. “This is who I am, like it or not.”

25. “Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion.”

26. “Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It’s a painful religion. We’re all gluttons for punishment.”

27. “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist.”

28. “I’ve never really lived a conventional life, so I think it’s quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making conventional choices.”

29. “There are moments when I can’t believe I’m as old as I am. But I feel better physically than I did 10 years ago. I don’t think, ‘Oh God, I’m missing something.’”

Madonna Quotes About Bonds and Family

Madonna Quotes - Ever since my daughter was born, I have felt the fleetingness of time.

30. “Ever since my daughter was born, I have felt the fleetingness of time. And I don’t want to waste it on getting the perfect lip color.”

31. “I’m not interested in being Wonder Woman in the delivery room. Give me drugs.”

32. “The last thing I want is to raise a brat. We could definitely go down the wrong road. I don’t want Lola to have everything she wants. I want her to appreciate things, and not to be presumptuous. I want her to have manners and social graces.”

33. “There’s no such thing as the perfect soul mate. If you meet someone and you think they’re perfect, you better run as fast as you can in the other direction. ‘Cause your soulmate is the person that pushes all your buttons, pisses you off on a regular basis, and makes you face your shit.”

34. “Everybody loves you when they are about to cum.”

35. “Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in shit detectors.”

36. “I am rich and famous. I have a talented and gorgeous husband and two beautiful children. I could go on.”

37. “My having a child is not for public consumption. It’s not a career move. It’s not a performance to be judged or rated. Nor is my role as a mother.”

38. “Deep in my heart, I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say. Scared to confess what I’m feeling—frightened you’ll slip away.”

39. “My priority is my family, absolutely, 100 percent.”

Madonna Quotes That Will Push You to Be the Best Version of Yourself

Madonna Quotes - To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give.

40. “To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.”

41. “If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you’re always going to be disappointed.”

42. “Sometimes, I look back at myself and remember things I used to say, or my hairstyle, and I cringe.”

43. “I must have been Japanese in a previous life. I’m pretty sure I was a warrioress. I can’t explain it, I just know. I’m good at fighting—fighting with a big sword.”

44. “I always wished that I could find someone as beautiful as you, but in the process, I forgot that I was special too.”

45. “I think my biggest flaw is my insecurity. I’m terribly insecure. I’m plagued with insecurities 24/7.”

46. “Sometimes, you have to be a bitch to get things done.”

47. “It’s not easy having a good marriage, but I don’t want easy. Easy doesn’t make you grow. Easy doesn’t make you think. I thank God everyday that I am married to a man who makes me think. That’s my definition of true love.”

48. “Family is everything. Family comes first. It’s not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is.”

49. “Beauty is where you find it.”

Madonna Quotes on Leaving a Legacy

Madonna Quotes - I'd love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way.

50. “I’d love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way. I’d like to leave the impression that Marilyn Monroe did—to be able to arouse so many different feelings in people.”

51. “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.”

52. “People think they will wake up one day and I’ll be gone. But I’m never going away.”

53. “I would like to see the Pope wearing my T-shirt.”

54. “I’m not going to compromise my artistic integrity.”

55. “If I was a girl again, I would like to be like my fans, I would like to be like Madonna.”

56. “I always thought I should be treated like a star.”

57. “Only love can last.”

58. “I won’t be happy until I’m famous like God.”

59. “If I’m smart then I’ll run away, but I’m not, so I guess I’ll stay.”

Madonna Quotes on Striving for Your Dreams

Madonna Quotes - Never forget to dream.

60. “Never forget to dream.”

61. “I’ve been popular and unpopular, successful and unsuccessful, loved and loathed, and I know how meaningless it all is. Therefore, I feel free to take whatever risks I want.”

62. “Only when I’m dancing can I feel this free.”

63. “Fame is a by-product. Fame is something that should happen because you do work that speaks to people and people want to know about your work. Unfortunately, the personality of people has taken over from the work and the artistry and it’s this thing now that stands on its own. I don’t think one should ever aspire to be famous.”

64. “I went to New York. I had a dream. I wanted to be a big star. I didn’t know anybody. I wanted to dance. I wanted to sing. I wanted to do all those things. I wanted to make people happy. I wanted to be famous. I wanted everybody to love me. I wanted to be a star. I worked really hard and my dream came true.”

65. “Sick and perverted always appeals to me.”

66. “Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.”

67. “T.G.T.B.T—too good to be true.”

68. “If it’s bitter at the start, then it’s sweeter in the end.”

69. “In the blink of an eye, everything can change! Why waste time?”

Madonna Quotes on Self-Expression

Madonna Quotes - I'm a gay man trapped in a woman's body!

70. “I’m a gay man trapped in a woman’s body!”

71. “Younger people are generally more adventurous—they’re more open, more fun. Have you met many guys my age? Guys my age are married or divorced or grumpy, fat and balding.”

72. “I refuse to act the way someone expects me to.”

73. “I worked for everything that I got and I worked long and hard before I got to this point. So when I got it, I thought I deserved it.”

74. “Part of the reason I sort of shot out like a cannon out of Michigan and left home at such an early age is because I had to feel independent.”

75. “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself.”

76. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.”

77. “I’ll stop doing everything that I do when I don’t want to do it anymore.”

78. “Everyone probably thinks that I’m a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I’d rather read a book.”

79. “I didn’t set out to write certain kinds of songs. I just set out to write good songs.”

Madonna Quotes on Determination and Grit

Madonna Quotes - Since the beginning of my career, I've been told I have no talent, I can't sing, and I'm a one-hit wonder.

80. “I’m so used to people slagging me off. Since the beginning of my career, I’ve been told I have no talent, I can’t sing, and I’m a one-hit wonder.”

81. “It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s what you do that takes you far.”

82. “It’s none of your business what people say about you.”

83. “I don’t think anyone strives to be anything negative. I just think that it’s our nature to only focus on a few things in life and forget about a lot of other stuff.”

84. “It’s boring not to take risks.”

85. “I don’t even remember why I called myself an idiot. I can be very harshly critical of myself. It depends on my mood, and obviously it depends on where I am in my life. Yes, embracing myself—I’m working on that.”

86. “We all fall to the floor at some point. It’s how you pick yourself up that’s the real challenge. Isn’t it?”

87. “One of the many things I learned from all of this—if you aren’t willing to fight for what you believe in, then don’t even enter the ring.”

88. “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing. It’s important for us to support each other.”

89. “We learn our lessons; we get hurt; we want revenge. Then we realize that actually, happiness and forgiving people is the best revenge.”

Madonna Quotes on Success

Madonna Quotes - I had a very middle, lower-middle class sort of upbringing, but I identify with people who've had, at some point in their lives, to struggle to survive. It adds another color to your character.

90. “I think the ultimate challenge is to have some kind of style and grace, even though you haven’t got money, or standing in society, or formal education. I had a very middle, lower-middle class sort of upbringing, but I identify with people who’ve had, at some point in their lives, to struggle to survive. It adds another color to your character.”

91. “To me, the whole process of being a brush stroke in someone else’s painting is a little difficult.”

92. “Having money is just the best thing in the world.”

93. “I wouldn’t have turned out the way I was if I didn’t have all those old-fashioned values to rebel against.”

94. “When I’m dead and no longer a threat, my comfort is that all the great artists since the beginning of time have always been completely misunderstood and never fully appreciated until they are dead.”

95. “I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon, but I want to stay alive.”

96. “If you’re not comfortable with a strong woman, you’re not comfortable with your own feminine instincts. You’re not comfortable, period. You’re going to be threatened by everything that’s not exactly like you are, and that is the measure of any man.”

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97. “I’ve always been under scrutiny, but I used to just not really pay attention to what people said.”

98. “When we take a picture, we have a negative. We put the right solution on it and suddenly, the picture comes to life. So what do we do? We take the negative and turn it into a positive.”

99. “I feel like I’ve survived so much, and been through so much. And sometimes I miss the innocence of those times.”

Madonna Quotes on Love and Self-Appreciation

Madonna Quotes - Being loved keeps you young.

100. “Being loved keeps you young.”

101. “Only the one that hurts you can make you feel better. Only the one that inflicts pain can take it away.”

102. “Power is being told you’re not loved and not being destroyed by it.”

103. “Love’s nothing else than a war in which both are the winners.”

104. “No one knows you better than you know yourself. Do the thing you want. Don’t wait for someone else.”

105. “Rejection is the greatest aphrodisiac.”

106. “I don’t trust any man who hasn’t kissed another man.”

107. “A good relationship is a competition of generosity.”

108. “I might be responsible for as many gay marriages as I am for heterosexual divorces.”

109. “I’m attracted to men who are going to stand up to me.”

Madonna Quotes on Being a Professional and Putting on a Good Show

Madonna Quotes - 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.

110. “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.”

111. “There’s one thing you can’t download and that’s a live performance. And I know how to put on a show, and enjoy performing, and I’ll always have that.”

112. “I don’t give a damn if I go to hell. I love you Satan. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

113. “The worst thing about being famous? I think it’s what everybody says—the lack of privacy, and the idea that you’re not really allowed to make mistakes, and everything that you do is viewed under a microscope.”

114. “Manipulating people—that’s what I’m good at.”

115. “I’m not a reluctant pop star. I’m very grateful and happy for everything that I have and for things when they go well. On the other hand, I’ve had enough of the other side to know that if it doesn’t, I will survive that and life goes on.”

116. “I am a tip-top starlet. That is my job that I am paid to do.”

117. “I think they were scared of me because I was different.”

118. “There’s no borderline for the things that I can say, do, and create.”

119. “People want to hear the dirt, but this is not really anything I want to talk about.”

Madonna Quotes on Having a Sense of Purpose

Madonna Quotes - I want to appeal to people's sense of humanity and interconnectedness. I feel like I have the platform I'm standing on for a reason.

120. “I want to appeal to people’s sense of humanity and interconnectedness. I feel like I have the platform I’m standing on for a reason. It’s not just to make people happy and get people to dance and sing, to feel an escape. It’s also to get people to listen and to bring important issues to the forefront.”

121. “I think that it’s an artist’s responsibility to have a point of view.”

122. “Society takes its cue from popular art. People need something to look to, something to provoke them into questioning whether they completely hate something or completely love something.”

123. “Why did I want to break all the rules? Because the rules didn’t make sense, that’s why.”

124. “I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.”

125. “If you want to change the world, change yourself.”

126. “I want to keep growing and living life to the fullest for as long as I’m on this planet.”

127. “I wouldn’t say I wanna conquer the world anymore, but I want to be a part of making the world a better place.”

128. “The physical body is assembled just like a chair or a building or a flower, but the revolutions we start, the people we affect and inspire, that is eternal. So, in that respect, we do achieve immortality, and that makes me less fearful.”

129. “I feel just as hungry today as I did the day I left home.”

Madonna Quotes on Righteousness and Respect

Madonna Quotes - My father was very strong. I don't agree with a lot of the ways he brought me up. I don't agree with a lot of his values, but he did have a lot of integrity.

130. “My father was very strong. I don’t agree with a lot of the ways he brought me up. I don’t agree with a lot of his values, but he did have a lot of integrity, and if he told us not to do something, he didn’t do it either.”

131. “I feel that most gay men are so much more in touch with a certain kind of sensitivity that heterosexual men aren’t allowed to be in touch with—their feminine side. To me, they’re whole human beings, more so than most of the straight men that I know.”

132. “I think passive beauties have their place in the world. It’s hard for me to relate to that.”

133. “We’ve made so many advances in other areas—civil rights, gay rights—but ageism is still an area that’s taboo and not talked about and dealt with.”

134. “In the end, by having a point of view, by taking a stand for things you believe in, you’re ultimately always going to offend people. That’s good. It’s certainly more important to take a stand on something and offend people, than to be careful all of your life and have everyone approve of what you do.”

135. “I’m disciplined, and I’m persevering, and I don’t give up very easily, and I’m reliable.”

136. “There is order in the universe, even though it looks like chaos. We separate the world into categories—this is good and this is bad. But life is set up to trick us. It’s a series of illusions we invest in. And ultimately, those investments don’t serve our understanding, because physicality is always going to let you down, because physicality doesn’t last.”

137. “Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”

138. “The idea of service to humanity, putting yourself in situations where people have much less than you do, puts life in perspective.”

139. “Publicly humiliating someone for your own gain will only come and haunt you. God’s going to have his revenge.”

Madonna Quotes on Making Music

Madonna Quotes - You can feel the blood coursing through your veins, you feel alive, all your nerve endings stand up, something just clicks.

140. “When you’re writing something and you know it’s good, you get flushed, you can feel the blood coursing through your veins, you feel alive, all your nerve endings stand up, something just clicks.”

141. “My nature is to provoke, that’s true. I can’t help myself. But it’s always with good intentions.”

142. “Art can heal it if art is allowed to exist. And if art is slowly wiped off the face of the planet, then what tools do we have to reach people, to appeal to them and all of their senses?”

143. “I’ll stop when I run out of ideas.”

144. “Sometimes, I was in a mood to write a song as if I was writing in my journal and reveal certain parts of me that I was ready to reveal.”

145. “The only way I’ve been able to survive the betrayal of lovers, family members, and society is to be able to create as an artist.”

146. “I’ll rest when I’m dead. I’m hungry and life is short!”

147. “Nothing lasts forever. Should I?”

148. “Life was different. New York was different. The music business was different. I miss the simplicity of it—the naivete of everyone around me.”

149. “If you’re going to be an artist, real life is your inspiration.”

Madonna Quotes on Life

Madonna Quotes - I didn't really give a shit about what's going on in the rest of the world. I just didn't. I just wanted to focus on me.

150. “I didn’t really give a shit about what’s going on in the rest of the world. I just didn’t. I just wanted to focus on me, me, me, my career, my life, just me—blinders.”

151. “The fact of the matter is that you can use your beauty and use your charm and be flirtatious, and you can get people interested in your beauty. But you cannot maintain that.”

152. “In the end, talent is the only thing. My work is the only thing that’s going to change any minds.”

153. “I don’t think about my old stuff. I just move forward.”

154. “We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and to be inspired or moved.”

155. “Isn’t it amazing that there are laws of the universe that you can actually find out about, live your life according to and change the world for the better?”

156. “Romance should be spontaneous, but in my career, I’m totally in control.”

157. “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re obviously not me.”

158. “I am a survivor. I am like a cockroach, you just can’t get rid of me.”

159. “I want to inspire people and I wanna be part of the solution.”

Madonna Quotes on Fame and Influence

Madonna Quotes - The media is something that affects a lot of people.

160. “The media is something that affects a lot of people, so you’re constantly trying to strike a balance between respecting something and not caring about it.”

161. “A lot of people are just really confused by me; they don’t know what to think of me, so they try to compartmentalize me or diminish me. Maybe they just feel unsafe. But any time you have an overtly emotional or irrational, negative reaction to something, you’re fearing something that it’s bringing up in you.”

162. “I like to be provocative. I like to make people think. I like to touch people’s hearts. And if I can do all three of those things in one fell swoop, then I feel like I’ve really accomplished something.”

163. “As an artist myself, I know what it’s like to put your heart and soul into something. You can feel the presence of another person.”

164. “Being able to step outside of yourself in order to help someone else is why we’re all here—it’s what we should all be doing if we can.”

165. “People who listen to them properly don’t underestimate them. Unfortunately, there’s so much about my career and me that distracts people from the actual content of most of my songs.”

166. “Fame can be very disruptive. It can be like a drug. It gives you the feeling that you’re happy, it gives you the feeling of self-importance, it gives you the feeling of fulfilment; but it can distract you from what is really important.”

167. “I have the same goal I’ve had ever since I was a girl—I want to rule the world.”

168. “You realize 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.”

169. “Dress like Britney Spears and think like me, and everything will be fine.”

Madonna Quotes on Her Perspective and Worldview

Madonna Quotes - I have had many challenges in my life, including some very big ones when I was young and I've learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way.

170. “I have had many challenges in my life, including some very big ones when I was young and I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way.”

171. “I have seen life from just about every angle you can see it from.”

172. “I learned a lot about humility and patience, keeping my mouth shut.”

173. “Who needs a smile when a tear is so full of love?”

174. “I ran to the forest, I ran to the trees. I ran and I ran, I was looking for me.”

175. “I don’t think evil is sexy! I don’t think being cruel and mean and hurting other people is sexy! Although I have been quite attracted to some very bad boys!”

176. “Being blond is definitely a different state of mind. I can’t really put my finger on it, but the artifice of being blond has some incredible sort of sexual connotation.”

177. “Straight men need to be emasculated.”

178. “I like to be a team player. All the projects I do are collaborations. And I want to solicit the opinions and help of other people. I’m not interested in being the one in charge.”

179. “To me, punk rock is thinking outside of the box, outside of the program, outside the establishment.”

Madonna Quotes That Are Full Of Wisdom

Madonna Quotes - People have this idea that if you're sexual and beautiful and provocative, then there's nothing else you could possibly offer.

180. “People have this idea that if you’re sexual and beautiful and provocative, then there’s nothing else you could possibly offer.”

181. “I don’t think, ultimately, God punishes. I think we bring about our own destruction or our own creation.”

182. “People have no morals, I swear to God. The things that people do for ratings! It’s unforgivable.”

183. “One must dare to show what he wants. You have to go and ask for things rather than wait for them to happen.”

184. “It is difficult to believe in a religion that places such a high premium on chastity and virginity.”

185. “When the day is done, the most important thing is loving people and sharing love.”

186. “Fame is a form of misunderstanding.”

187. “I get strength from my art—all the paintings I own are powerful.”

188. “I became an overachiever to get approval from the world.”

189. “What else is there for me to conquer? Hopefully, my ego. How will I know when I’ve succeeded? When I stop caring what anyone thinks.”

190. “All the criticism is ultimately a blessing in disguise.”

What’s the Fuel That Keeps You and Your Passions Going?

If there’s one thing we can all learn from Madonna—no matter the age, race, gender, or culture—it’s to have confidence. The confidence to find what your heart and mind burns for. The confidence to fight for what you believe in. And the courage to know that you have everything you need within you to succeed.

Pursuing our passions brings out the magic and colors in our life, and at the end of the day, we have to acknowledge that pursuing what we love is what will make us genuinely happy. Always have confidence in every step you take because it will bring you closer to your goals and your purpose. For her, it was her love for music, dance, and art that kept her going. And it’s up to us to find out what’s ours.

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