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Ethel Merman Quotes

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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

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

Everything's coming up roses - for me.
- Ethel Merman


 

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

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


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

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

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've never suffered stage fright.
That fascinates people.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe
for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age.
Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who's happy these days?
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

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

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

I've never cooked.
I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

You gotta have a gimmick.
- Ethel Merman

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

A single event can awaken a stranger totally unknown to us.
To live is to be slowly born.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles

Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

I was born in very sorry circumstances.
Both of my parents were very sorry.
- Norman Wisdom

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain


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