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

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

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

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

 

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are all gifted.
That is our inheritance.
- 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

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

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

I never was a child.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

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


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