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Ethel Merman Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Ethel Merman

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everything's coming up roses - 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

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'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

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

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

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

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

I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character -
the professional brassy dame.
- 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 preferred delivering my performance in person.
I liked to be in control.
You couldn't be in films.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who's happy these days?
- Ethel Merman

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

My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject.
I was running around in a bear skin.
Very chic.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

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

You gotta have a gimmick.
- Ethel Merman

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

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

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy


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