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I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life,
by Ethel Merman

I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life,
and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.
- Ethel Merman

Once I had all the attention, all I had to do was deliver.
- Ethel Merman

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe
for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
- Ethel Merman

Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
- Ethel Merman

 

I don't like to read.
The only things I read are gossip columns.
If someone gives me a book, it had better have lots of pictures.
- Ethel Merman

Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me.
- Ethel Merman

At one time I smoked, but in 1959 I couldn't think
of anything else to give up for Lent so I stopped-and
I haven't had a cigarette since.
- Ethel Merman

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Broadway has been very good to me.
But then, I've been very good to broadway.
- Ethel Merman

Who's happy these days?
- Ethel Merman

There have been people who have tried to take advantage of me.
They want to be linked to me just because I'm Ethel Merman.
- Ethel Merman

I'll admit - I was honored to be on the cover of Time.
- Ethel Merman

I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show
written by George and Ira Gershwin.
Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.
- Ethel Merman

Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.
- Ethel Merman

Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes.
I also cry at weddings.
I should have cried at a couple of my own.
- Ethel Merman

I preferred delivering my performance in person.
I liked to be in control.
You couldn't be in films.
- Ethel Merman

Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most.
- Ethel Merman

I attend surprisingly few shows.
The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.
- Ethel Merman

The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show
seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.
- Ethel Merman

I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.
- Ethel Merman

Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret.
- Ethel Merman

I take a breath when I have to.
- Ethel Merman

I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry.
I don't mince words.
- Ethel Merman

When I'm asked how to succeed in show business,
I always say I haven't the foggiest.
- Ethel Merman

I work as often as I want and yet I'm free as a bird.
- Ethel Merman

Music, in the past few years...
anything singable or understandable is square.
- Ethel Merman

My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other,
and that's the way it will always be.
- Ethel Merman

My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well,
even though people have said that I'm a natural musician.
- Ethel Merman

Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.
- Ethel Merman

When you are in deep conflict about something,
sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
- Ethel Merman

Legend has it that when God created me,
he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.
- Ethel Merman

You gotta have a gimmick.
- Ethel Merman

My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject.
I was running around in a bear skin.
Very chic.
- Ethel Merman

Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age.
Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
- Ethel Merman

I have plenty of invitations to go places,
lots to do.
If I'm not working, I go to have my hair taken care
of and work at needlepoint.
- Ethel Merman

I was born in my parents' bedroom on January 16.
The World Almanac says it was 1909.
I say it was 1912.
But what difference does it make as long as I feel 33?
- Ethel Merman

I've never cooked.
I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
- Ethel Merman

There's such a thing as theater discipline.
One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions.
- Ethel Merman

I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.
- Ethel Merman

Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity,
but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.
- Ethel Merman

I'll pat myself on the back and admit I have talent.
Beyond that, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
- Ethel Merman

I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
- Ethel Merman

I wasn't straining at the bit to become a movie star
any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville
and into Broadway musicals.
- Ethel Merman

If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television.
Both are better than any sleeping pill.
- Ethel Merman

Everything's coming up roses - for me.
- Ethel Merman

I've never suffered stage fright.
That fascinates people.
- Ethel Merman

I can never remember being afraid of an audience.
If the audience could do better, they'd be up here
on stage and I'd be out there watching them.
- Ethel Merman

In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.
- Ethel Merman

At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
- Ethel Merman

I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character -
the professional brassy dame.
- Ethel Merman

I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old.
- Ethel Merman

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

Change always comes bearing gifts.
- Price Pritchett

Nothing endures but change.
- Heraclitus

The inherent nature of life is constant change.
To fear change is to fear life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You change your life by changing your heart.
- Max Lucado

Change your thoughts, change your life.
- James Allen

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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