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Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood.
by 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 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am an isolationist.
- 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone checks out my mom.
My mom's hot.
- Ashley Scott

I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom.
That was my way of being a bad girl.
- Sandra Bullock

I sing seriously to my mom on the phone.
To put her to sleep, I have to sing "Maria" from West Side Story.
When I hear her snoring, I hang up.
- Adam Sandler

I was a brownie for a day.
My mom made me stop.
She didn't want me to conform.
- Sandra Bullock

If my mom reads that I'm grammatically incorrect I'll have hell to pay.
- Larisa Oleynik

I'm sure that my mom would have been happy with any path I chose.
- Joely Fisher

I guess I was a mom so late in life,
my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- Candice Bergen

My sisters and mom raised me to respect women and open doors for them.
- Milo Ventimiglia

My mom is definitely my rock.
- Alicia Keys

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

I'm a Mommy's Girl - the strongest influence in my young life was my mom.
- Susie Bright

My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
- Toby Keith

Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that
I've always looked up to.
- Mike Krzyzewski

I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me.
- Martina Hingis

I auditioned on my own.
I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody's help,
not even Mom's.
- Kate Hudson

My mom always said that there would be haters.
Not everyone can love ya.
- Joel Madden

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
- Rebecca West

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage,
and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina

Only mothers can think of the future -
because they give birth to it in their children.
- Maxim Gorky

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
we must know our mothers names.
- Alice Walker

What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
- Louisa May Alcott

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom,
but it is always on her heart.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because
they are more certain they are their own.
- Aristotle

A woman must combine the role of mother,
wife and politician.
- Emma Bonino

I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag,
motherhood and the Bible.
That's why people love me.
- Art Linkletter

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League
uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
- Erma Bombeck

Where there is a mother in the home,
matters go well.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever.
- Andy Partridge

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

I am no mother, and I won't be one.
- Brigitte Bardot


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