I go down to the gym unwashed, like something dragged in from behind a truck.
Nothing in my early childhood suggested to anyone - except maybe my father - that one day I would be standing here and be known simply as Judge Judy.
Number one - and I want you to emblaze this on your brain - you only have one chance to make a first impression.
I think the fundamentals of America are strong.
They will find somebody younger, somebody funnier, somebody more engaged. As long as the court genre is viable, people are going to be looking for someone to knock me off of my perch.
Who is interested in that? Who is interested in the warm and fuzzy? There's enough warm and fuzzy on television.
I always say that when I see that needle start to go in the other direction, when people have had enough of me, I'm going to be smart enough to say goodbye. It's such a joyous ride to be on top, and it takes away from that ride if you sort of ride it down.
I think that you're supposed to know when it's time to say goodbye.
Teach your daughters, teach your granddaughters, everybody has to have something that they're good at where they can earn a living.
Being a TV star is a great gift. Everyone treats you royally.
I was a grown-up when 'celebrity' happened. So I knew exactly what it was like to be in line at a restaurant and watch someone famous walk in and get a table immediately. I knew I didn't like that; I don't want to make somebody else feel the way I felt.
If you commit a crime, you maybe have to be haunted.
Incarceration is supposed to keep the community safe from your behavior.
I'm not a good interviewer.
People in the U.S. pay a great deal of money to support their judiciary, and they have an actual right to see how it functions.
I left family court for the vagaries of TV and said to myself, 'Judy, what the hell are you thinking?' It seems like only yesterday.
Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.
I eat liars for breakfast.
I'm realistic. I'm not becoming Farrah Fawcett here. If you stay beyond your welcome, it's for ego or money or because you can't exist without the limelight. I'm fine without it.
We don't take Sweet'n Lows from restaurants anymore. I don't stuff dinner rolls into my pocketbook.