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The big compliment came from the beer drinkers who didn't know me.
by Ethel Waters

The big compliment came from the beer drinkers who didn't know me.
They wouldn't drink or move when I sang.
If they had their glasses in mid-air,
the glasses wouldn't come down.
- Ethel Waters

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

I had always loved John Ford's pictures.
And I came to love him, too, but I was frightened to death working for him.
He used the shock treatment while directing me.
- Ethel Waters

Asking what I considered an impossible salary when
I didn't want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again.
- Ethel Waters

 

Though I was excited about the Sojourner Truth play,
it was not reassuring to think that my entire future
might depend on the success of that one show.
- Ethel Waters

It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this
big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.
- Ethel Waters

I never was coddled, or liked, or understood by my family.
- Ethel Waters

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Elia Kazan understood my problems.
He was able to bring out the very best in me.
He gave me credit for my intelligence.
- Ethel Waters

Mom never quit on me.
My only regret is that she didn't live long enough
to share some of the money and comforts my work in
show business has brought me.
- Ethel Waters

My whole family could sing.
My family harmonized without any instruments to accompany them.
- Ethel Waters

Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults
and virtues as members of the other races.
- Ethel Waters

I have no acting technique I act instinctively.
That's why I can't play any role that isn't based on something in my life.
- Ethel Waters

There is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.
- Ethel Waters

We show girls were forced to live in whorehouses in each town,
no other accommodations being available.
- Ethel Waters

There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues.
That was singing.
- Ethel Waters

No one in the world can beat Ella Fitzgerald as a riff singer.
- Ethel Waters

You are a person of the greatest importance when you
are a mother of a family.
Just do your job right and your kids will love you.
- Ethel Waters

The white audiences thought I was white,
my features being what they are, and at every performance
I'd have to take off my gloves to prove I was a spade.
- Ethel Waters

All the men in my life have been two things:
an epic and an epidemic.
- Ethel Waters

Somehow, the things my mother wanted to do,
the release in evangelism she sought with such frenzy,
were transferred to me.
- Ethel Waters

I never felt I belonged.
I was always an outsider.
- Ethel Waters

I've never been able to feel that there is anything
undignified about making your living by the sweat of your brow.
- Ethel Waters

We never had a bathtub.
Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen,
or in a big lard can.
- Ethel Waters

Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the
odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down.
- Ethel Waters

There's no hypocrisy in Hell's Kitchen.
- Ethel Waters

All my life I've been prejudiced against wealthy people.
- Ethel Waters

In her whole life Mom never earned more than five or six dollars a week.
Being without a husband, it was hard for her to find
any place at all for us to live.
- Ethel Waters

I am an isolationist.
- Ethel Waters

Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
- Ethel Waters

I want affection and tenderness desperately,
but there's something in me that prevents me from handing it out.
- Ethel Waters

We are all gifted.
That is our inheritance.
- Ethel Waters

Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood.
She wanted to save me from the vice,
lust,
and drinking that was all about me.
- Ethel Waters

I never was a child.
- Ethel Waters

When you dominate other people's emotions,
the time has to come when you will have to pay,
and heavily, for that privilege.
- Ethel Waters

I have reason to be shy.
I've been hurt plenty.
- Ethel Waters

I never accepted the idea that I was all through.
I guess no person who has once been a star can do that,
ever.
- Ethel Waters

New York is only 97 miles from Philadelphia but was
the Big Time as no other American city has ever been.
- Ethel Waters

Whenever I played Columbus, Ohio, I dropped in to see my close friend,
a medium who had mysterious powers.
Her Indian guide was Mohawk.
- Ethel Waters

I cannot help feeling I would have been happier with
a husband and chidren of my own.
- Ethel Waters

Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks,
browns and yellows.
I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
- Ethel Waters

After years in white theaters I dreaded working in colored houses.
The noise, the stomping, whistling, and cheering that
hadn't annoyed me when I was young was now something I dreaded.
- Ethel Waters

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Believe in yourself. Dream big dreams.
Set important goals. Take action on those goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

A big part of letting go is recognizing
when it is time to stay in a situation
and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you know what to do to reach your goal,
it's not a big enough goal.
- Bob Proctor

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
- Napoleon Hill

Little minds have little worries,
big minds have no time for worries.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
- Winston Churchill

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

Death is just life's next big adventure.
- J. K. Rowling

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

There's a big difference between a handout and a helping hand.
One's charity, the other's friendship.
- Little Joe' Cartwright in Bonanza - Rain from Heaven

All successful people men and women are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be,
ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward
their distant vision,
that goal or purpose.
- Brian Tracy

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Big sisters are the crabgrass in the lawn of life.
- Linus Van Pelt in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts cartoon

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
What are you attempting to accomplish?
What little thing can you do today
that will make you more effective?
You are probably only one step away from greatness.
- Bob Proctor

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.
And man can be as big as he wants.
No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy

Hang tough... big girl panties today.
- Anonymous humor

When life gets you down -
just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.
- Anonymous humor

It takes a big cat to be number 2.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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