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Mom never quit on me.
by 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

I am an isolationist.
- Ethel Waters

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

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

My whole family could sing.
My family harmonized without any instruments to accompany them.
- 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 is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.
- Ethel Waters

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues.
That was singing.
- 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 want affection and tenderness desperately,
but there's something in me that prevents me from handing it out.
- 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

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

Somehow, the things my mother wanted to do,
the release in evangelism she sought with such frenzy,
were transferred to 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

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

I never was a child.
- Ethel Waters

We are all gifted.
That is our inheritance.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My mom is definitely my rock.
- Alicia Keys

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

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

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
- Ambrose Bierce

If there were no schools to take the children away
from home part of the time,
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
- Edward W. Howe

If you ever become a mother, can I have one of the puppies?
- Charles Pierce

Mother's love is peace.
It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
- Erich Fromm

I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt,
working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!
- Arianna Huffington

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Yes, Mother.
I can see you are flawed.
You have not hidden it.
That is your greatest gift to me.
- Alice Walker

The man in our society is the breadwinner;
the woman has enough to do as the homemaker,
wife and mother.
- Dorothy Fields

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

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

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
- Isadora Duncan

Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
- Sophocles


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