25 of the Greatest Madonna-isms

What do you give to the woman who has it all for her birthday? Respect was the best answer we came up with, which is why we’re honoring Madonna’s 56th with some of her greatest quotes. The silver-tongued Queen of Pop kicked off the festivities on her Instagram (where she continues to remind us that it’s great not giving a shit) with a revealing photo from her early platinum blonde days. Always the provocateur, Madge’s most shocking moments often had little to do with what she was wearing (or not), but rather the things she said. Here are Madonna’s greatest Madonna-isms — utterances that only she could get away with.

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

“People usually choose ‘truth’ when it’s their turn because you can tell a lie about yourself and no one will be the wiser, but when you are dared to do something, you have to actually do it. And doing something daring is a rather scary proposition for most people. Yet for some strange reason, it has become my raison d’être.”

“I am not surprised by my success because it feels natural.”

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

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