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Ethel Waters Quotes and Sayings

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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

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues.
That was singing.
- 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 coddled, or liked, or understood by my family.
- Ethel Waters

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

I never was a child.
- 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

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 am an isolationist.
- 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

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 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

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

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

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

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

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 would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner


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