Happy 70th Birthday, Cher! 23 Times The Dark Lady Wasn’t At A Loss For Words

"I think that the longer I look good, the better gay men feel."

For most of us, Cher has just always been there—like the Statue of Liberty in sequins. She is larger-than-life and beloved by generations for always speaking her mind with wit and honesty, whether that’s in a candid interview or on Twitter. (Having dyslexia certainly hasn’t kept her from being one of the most famous celebs on social media.)

To celebrate Cher’s 70th birthday today, we present a curated collection of Cher’s best quotes.

Happy birthday to the Goddess!

  • Cher on…Clothes:

    Cher by Avedon, 1974
    Getty: Avedon for Vogue, 1974

    “Going hungry never bothered me — it was having no clothes.”

    LOS ANGELES - 1965: Entertainers Sonny & Cher pose for a portrait session in October 1964 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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    “Sonny was the nice guy, I was the bitch that sang well and looked great in clothes.”
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    Ron Galella, Getty Images

    “As you can see, I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.”

  • Cher on…Her Music:

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    Getty: Avedon for Vogue, 1974

    “I was like hanging around with Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and I was singing ’Dark Lady.’ They’re making like fabulous art and I’m making ’Dark Lady.’ But then they were huge hits, and so, you know, somebody says, ’You can’t argue with huge hits, Cher.'”

  • Cher on…Relationships:

    Cher, Gregg Allman, by Norman Seeff, 1977
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    “If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.”

    Sonny & Cher in the UK, 1965

    “The problem with some women is that they get all excited about nothing, and then they marry him.”

  • Cher on…Her Gay Fans:

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    “My gay following has kept me, in the old days, alive, you know? When no one else came to see me. I’ve had really bad times.”

    Getty Images: Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic), 2015

    “I think that the longer I look good, the better gay men feel.”

  • Cher on…Drag

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    “I am never offended when I see the drag queens dressed up like me.

  • Cher on…Politics:

    Cher, Hillary Clinton
    Photo Credit: Getty Images, David Hum Kennerly, 2000

    “If you’re black in this country, if you’re a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?”

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    “I know I’m not supposed to have any opinions about politics, because I’m famous.”

  • Cher on…Attitude:

    “Don’t take your toys inside just because it’s raining.”

    Cher, Harry Langdon, 1979
    Getty: Harry Langdon, 1979

    “I don’t know what keeps me down to Earth, but it sure isn’t ironing. I send mine out.”

  • Cher on…Her Looks:

    Cher, Avedon, 1972
    Getty Images: Avedon, 1972

    “I kill myself for my body.”

    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1984: Singer and actress Cher poses for a fashion session in January 1984 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
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    “Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.”

  • Cher on…Her Appeal:

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    “Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

    Getty: Bill King, 1975

    [During her Vegas show] “I’m standing backstage frightened out of my mind saying, ’I can’t do this.’ Then my choreographer tells me, ’If God didn’t want you to do this, he wouldn’t have looked down on your cradle and said,’SEQUINS.'”

  • Cher on…Twitter

    Cher Twitter

    “I’m non-traditional at Twitter. Maybe because of my lack of grammar and spelling and the lack of characters sometimes I’m unable to express myself. I believe what I believe so I don’t care. I just say what I want.”

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  • Cher on…Aging:

    1965: Entertainer Cher poses for a portrait for Imperial Records with ferns in 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    Getty Images: Michael Ochs Archive, 1965

    “Nobody dislikes my age more than me. I can’t help it that I’ve been here this long.”

    Cher, Andrew MacPherson
    Photo: Andrew MacPherson, 2010

    “This guy said this thing and I found it really interesting: he said, ‘What do you do with Cher? She’s too old to be young, and she’s too young to be old.’ I can’t go the other way, so I’ll have to wait ’til I’m old enough to be old.”

  • Cher on…Her Legacy:

    Cher, Dylan, Sonny Bono
    Getty Images: Michael Ochs Archive, 1965

    “I am a part of history whether people want to take it seriously or not.” “At sixty-five, you have to retire and go eat dog food or whatever. It’s a shame to be discarded because of something that happens to everybody. Old is like an enemy you have to make peace with before you get there.”

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    “I have done so much more than I thought I would do, and yet I am not finished.”

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David Munk is a N.Y.-based writer, music biz veteran, observer of pop culture and original cast member of World of Wonder's "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys." He has written about Cher extensively on his blog is stargayzing.com.
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