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Ethel Merman Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

You gotta have a gimmick.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who's happy these days?
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

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

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

Everything's coming up roses - for me.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed
to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers

The truth is a snare:
you cannot have it, without being caught.
You cannot have the truth
in such a way that you catch it,
but only in such a way that it catches you.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Pride" is such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

Success depends upon previous preparation,
and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men
is primarily based on mutual trust
and only secondarily on institutions
such as courts of justice and police.
- Albert Einstein

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

The man who is awakened, lives in such a way
that he leaves no footprints.
- Osho quoting The Buddha

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him,
that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men,
and when he devotes himself helpfully
to all life that is in need of help.
- Albert Schweitzer

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare


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