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" My parents are Republicans, and I'm not. "
" When I decide to become a mother I will just be that. That will be really important to me. "
" I think people appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides. The whole angst thing is cool, but if that's all you've got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether it's happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it. "
" I think that you should definitely listen to what people say, because everyone says it: High school is not the real world. "
" I have multipersonality disorder - in a very good way, of course - when it comes to my fashion choices. "
" Find out what your gift is and nurture it. "
" It was so draining. Going to parties to rub elbows with so-and-so and act like it's no big deal, when really all I was doing was hoping I'd have the success they had. "
" I pray for humility, honestly, because it's very easy to be caught up in this world. "
" I'm kind of a good girl - and I'm not. I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. I'm a bad girl because I like to tease. I know that I have sex appeal in my deck of cards. But I like to get people thinking. That's what the stories in my music do. "
" There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I've realized that it's time for me to show my audience that you don't have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. "
" People don't understand that I have a great relationship with my parents - like, how that can exist. There isn't any judgment. They don't necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don't necessarily agree with everything they do. "
" I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. "
" People love the idea of a good girl gone bad, thinking that my parents were so strict and disowned me, but that actually wasn't the case. Even though they don't necessarily agree with some of the things I do, they love me as their daughter. That's always been their perspective. "
" I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I'll pull that '80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings. "
" Touring is always important to me. It's like a big IOU to my fans, because I know they are the reason I exist. "
" I didn't have a childhood. "
" When I was 13, I asked for a guitar. And that's how I really started explaining my point of view. "
Point Of View
" I just want to make it very clear that I come from very humble beginnings, and I worked for everything! "
" I'm going to let love lead the way, always. And I was born with this blind - blind ambition, and it's kind of gotten me here to this point. And I think that I'll stick to it. "
" You know you're living right when you wake up, brush your hair - and confetti falls out! "
" I was raised in a super-sheltered atmosphere where we didn't watch anything besides Trinity Broadcasting Network - which was called TBN - or the Fox News channel. "
" I write my songs because I've lived them. "
" The press is just not your friend when it comes to a marriage. That's why we didn't sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions. "
" Fame is, I think, just a disgusting by-product of what I do. "
" I can't just be the girl who sang 'I Kissed a Girl.' I have to leave a legacy. "
" I got a fantastic person to work me out and get me into really good shape. "
" I gave myself until I turned 25 to make it. And if it didn't happen, I thought I'd just try to find a nice husband. "
" If you like my music, great, and if you don't, whatever. I'm going to keep making it either way. "
" I'm really critical of my posture, it makes a big difference. And I try to suck my belly in. Everyone should do that whether you're on a red carpet or not. Even if you're just going out to dinner with your boyfriend you should try and suck it in. "
" For a modern woman it is important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect, and that it's not two halves that make a whole - it's two wholes that make a whole. "
" People don't want just vanilla. They want 31 flavors. I couldn't do what Rihanna does. I couldn't do what Gaga does. They can't do what I do. "