Quotes by Gloria Estefan

I love Gershwin. I love musicals.
- Gloria Estefan
My mom was definitely very strict with me.
- Gloria Estefan
Motherhood is... difficult and... rewarding.
- Gloria Estefan
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I'm a writer and this is what I love to do.
- Gloria Estefan
You've got to believe. Never be afraid to dream.
- Gloria Estefan
As an entertainer, my job is to help people have fun.
- Gloria Estefan
The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice.
- Gloria Estefan
In this life, I'm always going to choose the positive.
- Gloria Estefan
My mother had a beautiful, soothing voice that made me melt.
- Gloria Estefan
I have great genes. Thank you to my mom and dad for that one.
- Gloria Estefan
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I have a very open line of communication with both my children.
- Gloria Estefan
I gotta tell you, my nature is not to be the center of attention.
- Gloria Estefan
You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come.
- Gloria Estefan
Sex and drugs were simply not discussed in our culture at that time.
- Gloria Estefan
Being Latin parents makes us extremely expressive with our affections.
- Gloria Estefan
Music is almost mystical to me. It really has an incredibly powerful force.
- Gloria Estefan
Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it, it's yours to have.
- Gloria Estefan
Sometimes my mother had difficulty communicating with me about certain topics.
- Gloria Estefan
Family has always been the number one priority no matter what happens anywhere else.
- Gloria Estefan
There's no reason that just because you're a celebrity you can't write.
- Gloria Estefan
The '70s were a hot time. You know? I was, like, the most calm of all my friends.
- Gloria Estefan
I don't want anything from Cuba. I want them to be free and enjoy the things I enjoy.
- Gloria Estefan
A lot of the way I sing is playing off other musicians. It's what I love to do the most.
- Gloria Estefan
Fashion is nice, but it's for the fans. If it were up to me, I'd be in a sweat suit!
- Gloria Estefan
I'm careful what I put out there into the universe, musically. I don't take it lightly.
- Gloria Estefan
We protect aspirin bottles in this country better than we protect guns from accidents by children.
- Gloria Estefan
We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take.
- Gloria Estefan
There are certain realities we must speak of with our children that were not present when I was a child.
- Gloria Estefan
My inspirations include the Beatles - love, love, love them - Elton John, Carole King, and Stevie Wonder.
- Gloria Estefan
If there's ever been a dark moment in my life... well, I wanted to check out. Music was a big escape.
- Gloria Estefan
I spent 15 years on the road between touring and recording and I never saw anything. I want to enjoy life.
- Gloria Estefan
The responsibility of carrying and bringing a new life into this world is one that cannot be taken lightly.
- Gloria Estefan
Nothing ever stays in the middle. You always go from one extreme to the other, and politics is certainly that way.
- Gloria Estefan
You know, it's funny how songs continue to grow and evolve and become a new and deeper reflection of your life.
- Gloria Estefan
My job as an entertainer is to take you some place else. I love exploring different genres of music to please my fans.
- Gloria Estefan
In the United States, if you believe in yourself and you're determined and persevere, you're going to succeed.
- Gloria Estefan
My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all.
- Gloria Estefan
Once you know the Romance languages, singing in those languages is so sexy and sensual. I do have a global audience, so why not?
- Gloria Estefan
To know that everything we say and do to this new little human being may have a profound effect on him or her is a daunting obligation.
- Gloria Estefan
When I was a teenager, I was fat. I was shy. I wore glasses. I had a big eyebrow and hair all over my body. They were years of torture.
- Gloria Estefan
I think that the only way to teach is by example, as children will more easily follow what they see you do than what you tell them to do.
- Gloria Estefan
What's the point if you make something that's not you, and you're successful? You have to perform it the rest of your life.
- Gloria Estefan
Everything that an artist does is a risk. Some people want you to stay the same. If you want to evolve, they want to keep you in a certain place.
- Gloria Estefan
I've been offered a lot of things that celebrities do that I wouldn't do, like perfumes, lines of clothing and this, that and the other.
- Gloria Estefan
I hold 'Mi Tierra,' my first Spanish-language album, very close to me because that was all done in my native tongue and won me my first Grammy.
- Gloria Estefan
Having felt people's love and support first hand through difficult moments in my life makes me feel it's our responsibility to help one another.
- Gloria Estefan
You want your fans to like what you do, because it's coming from your heart and soul. You write it, you produce this thing. It's like your baby.
- Gloria Estefan
When you're a front man for a band, there's nowhere to hide. It took me a long time to get used to that. But music is my first love. I started singing when I talked.
- Gloria Estefan
I know that people think of me in terms of Latin music and that's wonderful, that's my heritage, that's who I am, but there's so much more to me and my music.
- Gloria Estefan
I was going to be a doctor, but I think my music allowed me to help more people than I could have done one-on-one as a psychologist. Just like other people's music really helped me.
- Gloria Estefan
As an immigrant, I appreciate, far more than the average American, the liberties we have in this country. Silence is a big enemy of morality. I don't want our blunders in history to get repeated.
- Gloria Estefan
As an artist, you dream about accumulating enough successful music to someday do just one greatest-hits album, but to reach the point where you're releasing your second collection of hits is beyond belief.
- Gloria Estefan
I wanted very badly to be a mum. I'm a very maternal person. But at the point that I met Emilio I was focusing on a career. I never would have thought that I would get married at 21 and much less be a mum by 23.
- Gloria Estefan
Apparently Pope John Paul II and his boys - is that what you call them? - loved one of my songs and thought I was putting spiritual messages in my music. I'm not religious as such. Dogma and I don't get along.
- Gloria Estefan
My mum had a very strong moral code, which I kind of came with. I never really had to be told what was right or wrong - I knew. I was very mature from early on and I was a very good girl, so she never had any trouble with me.
- Gloria Estefan
People tend to forget that celebrities are human beings. We live our lives. We try to do what we love, which is music. And to share it with everyone in our job usually is to entertain and to make people forget their troubles.
- Gloria Estefan
Touring is hard. It's really hard on the singer, especially, because your body is your instrument and you have to be so good, it's like boot camp out there; I can't do anything - just sleep, sing and be very healthy.
- Gloria Estefan
There are so many difficult things we're living through in the world today, so many horrible events, but we cannot let them stop us. No matter what happens, I feel you must move forward with optimism and not get totally sideswiped.
- Gloria Estefan
I wrote poetry, which got me into lyrics. Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John pulled me into pop. I started singing with a band - just for fun - when I was 17. And pretty soon, I was thinking I could sing pop in English as well as Spanish.
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The reason I'm not more political is because I have music. And from a young age, I needed it. After prison, my father came to America, joined the Army, fought in Vietnam - and was exposed to Agent Orange. He died a slow, horrible death. Music was my escape.
- Gloria Estefan
Music has been so healing in my life, so the fact that my music could be that for someone else is the best gift of my whole career. People have told me that they got married to my music, divorced to my music, and played my music while they were having their baby.
- Gloria Estefan
There are so many beautiful things that are a part of the world, and I've always looked at life that way; I've always tried to put on a smile and a brave front, not just for my kids but in my own life and all the difficulties that I've gone through.
- Gloria Estefan
I'm very comfortable in my own skin now. I started just being myself more and more. For women, this happens as you get older. I loved my 40s - I thought they were fantastic. And I'm loving my 50s. I'm going to love everything because you're either older or dead!
- Gloria Estefan
When most artists walk offstage, they go to a lonely hotel room. I went home to my family. They were there before the show, during and after. It's been great. I never would have done it any other way. I wasn't gonna miss raising my kids. There was no way that was gonna happen.
- Gloria Estefan
My mom was an amazing singer and music was a big part of my life, so I grew up listening to Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini; I used to watch 'The Andy Williams Show' on TV. I was very musical, so I was watching stuff that most kids my age wouldn't be interested in.
- Gloria Estefan
The Internet has been a blessing and a curse. The curse we know: A lot of people appropriating your intellectual property without paying for it. But I think it's important to realize the blessing of the Internet, which is that everybody has a voice and you can break through, even without a record company.
- Gloria Estefan
I think we should all live the moment. But you also have to think ahead. You have to think, 'Am I going to be happy with this five, ten years from now? Is it going to let me evolve and grow, or am I going to grow to one day wish I had never done it?' Sometimes you just have to think a little bit ahead.
- Gloria Estefan
My family was musical on both sides. My father's family had a famous flautist and a classical pianist. My mother won a contest to be Shirley Temple's double - she was the diva of the family. At 8, I learned how to play guitar. I used to play songs from the '20s, '30s and '40s in the kitchen for my grandmother.
- Gloria Estefan
All I tell artists is, 'Do what you love. Never let anybody talk you into changing what your musical idea is just to try to get a hit, because you're chasing your tail that way. It's not going to happen, and if you're successful, you have to do it the rest of your life. Stay true to it and do it for the sake of the art.'
- Gloria Estefan
I'd love to have a program like 'Dr. Laura.' I studied psychology at the University of Miami, and when I rode the bus home from school, perfect strangers would strike up conversations with me and end up telling me their life stories. I think they could sense that I was studying to help people. That, or I have a face like a priest.
- Gloria Estefan