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I took my daily swim at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool
by Esther Williams

I took my daily swim at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool
despite the presence of onlookers.
- Esther Williams

What the public expects and what is healthy for an
individual are two very different things.
- Esther Williams

I think it's so funny when people think they can't control a movie star.
They can.
We're just women, you know.
- Esther Williams

I always felt that if I made a movie,
it would be one movie; I didn't see how they could make 26 swimming movies.
- Esther Williams

 

Critics established a snobbery toward me.
- Esther Williams

I took a job at the pool in order to earn the five
cents a day it cost to swim.
I counted wet towels.
As a bonus, I was allowed to swim during lunchtime.
- Esther Williams

When you're out of sight for as long as I was,
there's a funny feeling of betrayal that comes over
people when they see you again.
- Esther Williams

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Life magazine ran a page featuring me and three other
girls that was clearly the precursor of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.
- Esther Williams

Clark Gable was the first to have called me a mermaid.
- Esther Williams

Three events.
Three gold medals.
I was news, big news, in the sports world.
- Esther Williams

Traveling to swimming meets took me beyond my small-town existence,
gave me a hint of the exciting world outside of my own home.
- Esther Williams

Widowhood had done nothing to curb my smart mouth.
So much for diplomacy.
- Esther Williams

With two little boys in diapers, I had to keep it simple
if I were going to have a life at all.
- Esther Williams

I was the only swimmer in movies.
Tarzan was long gone, and he couldn't have done them anyway;
he could never have gotten into my bathing suit.
- Esther Williams

Even though I had a lucrative contract with MGM,
I had a husband who was drinking and gambling our money
away faster than I could make it.
- Esther Williams

Everything about my teenage life was almost ideal.
- Esther Williams

I always took it for granted that there would be life after Hollywood.
- Esther Williams

There was a policy at Hughes against drinking at lunch,
but the men ignored it.
- Esther Williams

Somehow I kept my head above water.
I relied on the discipline, character,
and strength that I had started to develop as that
little girl in her first swimming pool.
- Esther Williams

Which Esther Williams do you want to hear about?
- Esther Williams

My training in Science of Mind had begun with my mother.
She took me to a different church every Sunday,
and she encouraged me to question the minister afterward.
- Esther Williams

I remember when I first walked into Mayer's cavernous office.
You had to walk 50 yards to get to him,
and in that time he could really study everything about you.
- Esther Williams

I was 15, and the years of hard swimming had packed
muscle on my frame and made me very strong.
Not as strong as a football player, but strong enough to inflict heavy damage.
- Esther Williams

We can't all win Olympic medals.
Even I never won one.
- Esther Williams

Once I married Fernando, I became invisible.
- Esther Williams

The newspapers loved pinup pictures of pretty young swimmers,
and as a national champion, I got more than my share
of space in the sports pages.
- Esther Williams

I was all in gold sequins for Million Dollar Mermaid,
50 feet in the air.
- Esther Williams

Victor Mature was a big man; he had a great swagger.
I liked him and I knew we'd be good together on screen.
- Esther Williams

I ended up buying a restaurant.
Already we had invested in a gas station and a metal products plant.
- Esther Williams

By the time I got home at night, my eyes were so chlorinated
I saw rings around every light.
- Esther Williams

The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless
gift unless you share it.
- Esther Williams

I gave my eardrums to MGM.
And it's true: I really did.
- Esther Williams

It appeared as if I had invited the audience into the water with me,
and it conveyed the sensation that being in there was absolutely delicious.
- Esther Williams

Marriage to Fernando offered shelter and security,
but the shackle was the price I'd pay.
- Esther Williams

Howard Hughes himself was a regular at the restaurant,
and in a way it became his headquarters,
too.
Howard had recently relocated to Las Vegas,
so when he wanted to do business in Los Angeles,
he went into the back of our restaurant to use the telephone.
- Esther Williams

I never walked the streets of New York hoping to be a musical comedy star.
For one thing, they would have thought I was too tall,
because l was five feet eight and a half,
and they were all little bitty things running around
in the studio at that time.
- Esther Williams

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
- Henny Youngman

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ...
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

I took some time out for life.
- James L. Brooks

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

I washed a sock.
Then I put it in the dryer.
When I took it out, it was gone.
- Rod Schmidt

I went to all the Love-Ins.
I took my kids.
I enjoyed myself.
- Al Lewis

And I'll never forget the first time I took the possibility
to project sound every day for six or seven hours with
special devices which were built for me.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Came but for friendship, and took away love.
- Thomas Moore

The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying,
stonewalling and refusal to come clean.
So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known.
- Bob Woodward

I didn't want to feel constrained, so I took on the Mutants.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate;
and while the debate goes on,
the canal does also.
- Theodore Roosevelt

A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker,
took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country.
- Chief Joseph

I drew a picture on the back of a calendar in pencil.
In those days they used to give out free calendars,
I had no art paper, so I took whatever else I could.
- Joe Shuster

Yes, sir, a patrol car came and took me down to a station
where they were trying to develop films,
but they hadn't got the facilities to develop colored film.
- Abraham Zapruder

To me, the noise of a threshing machine is better music
than a lot of music I hear nowadays.
I took a man's place in the threshing crew when I was only 14 years old.
- Clyde Tombaugh

When they were done downloading all the information off each hard drive,
they took all the computers, all the literature,
and loaded everything into a big white truck and left.
- Sherman Austin

The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67,
under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome.
- John Foxe

The Iraq war took priority over domestic disaster prevention.
- Charles Rangel

When you sit down and focus on the matches and series
that took place during the 12 month period it strikes
you just how broad the talent pool is in international cricket is today.
- Sunil Gavaskar

I took anatomy classes.
I went to medical libraries and talked to doctors and nutritionists.
I did the whole thing before using myself as a human guinea pig.
- Marilu Henner

It took me 10 years to realize that I don't know 'em,
10 years to realize that it's possible to learn them,
then another 10 years to learn how to do things.
- Warren Zevon

I think I realized it was an art form at the beginning,
but it took me a really long time before I was able
to view what I was performing myself as an art form.
- Patton Oswalt

I toyed with the idea of going to find another war
where I could at least feel alive.
I was so numb that it took terror to make me feel anything.
- Bess Jones

Much of the aid we first gave to Russia we took away
from what we promised Britain.
So in a sense, Britain participated in a very real
way in the recovery of Russia.
- W. Averell Harriman

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot,
with long drooping ends.
I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors,
poets, wearing this style of tie.
- Carl Sandburg

My career always took me away from home,
I was always away from home and I just wanted to be at home.
- Tina Turner

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
- Sally Field

I took pleasure when I could.
I acted clearly and morally and without regret.
I'm very lucky.
- Jeanne Calment

You know, there are a lot of would-be governors of
Texas sitting around today who never took the opportunity
to get into a race when the time was right.
- Laura Bush

It took me a while to realize that basketball wasn't football.
- Merlin Olsen


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