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
The most cheerful Ethel Waters quotes that are free to learn and impress others
We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can.
Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing.
All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.
Whenever I write for hotel reservations, I always enclose a set of rules I have made for the hotels.
Somehow, the things my mother wanted to do, the release in evangelism she sought with such frenzy, were transferred to me.
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.
My aunts lived on liquor and seldom felt like eating much.
I don't know what's wrong about a kid stealing when he's hungry.
Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down.
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.
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.
The greatest acts in colored show business had long made Harlem their home and favorite stamping ground.
My whole family could sing. My family harmonized without any instruments to accompany them.
Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood.
She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about me.
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.
I want affection and tenderness desperately, but there's something in me that prevents me from handing it out.
I have reason to be shy. I've been hurt plenty.
New York is only 97 miles from Philadelphia but was the Big Time as no other American city has ever been.
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.
I've never been able to feel that there is anything undignified about making your living by the sweat of your brow.
It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.
There is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.
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.
I learned early in life not to judge others.
We outcasts are very happy and content to leave that job to our social superiors.
Among Negroes it is a bad omen when someone knocks on the door of a house where a person has died.
I wondered what I would do if I didn't have my God to turn to and be able to read the Book He had divinely inspired.
There had been lots of crises in my life.
And there was plenty of spunk and battle cry still left in me.
Many people know how to criticize, but few know how to praise.
There is a certain type of white Southerner who respects certain Negro individuals.
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.
Twenty-five years is a long time for a girl to live out of a trunk, and after looking over a few houses, I fell in love with one in Southwest Los Angeles.
I am an isolationist.
I cannot help feeling I would have been happier with a husband and chidren of my own.
I have always been psychic. The walls of any room I walk into talk to me.
I dressed plain, but my partners were always spending more money on clothes than I could afford.
I'm not afraid to die. I'm looking forward to it. I know the Lord has His arms wrapped around this big sparrow.
I had a probing mind and an elephant memory.
Elia Kazan understood my problems. He was able to bring out the very best in me. He gave me credit for my intelligence.
No one in the world can beat Ella Fitzgerald as a riff singer.
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.
If I wanted pity, I got it because I'm illegitimate. And when I didn't want it I was mean and nasty.
I don't care to dress up except when it is necessary or good for my business.
Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults and virtues as members of the other races.
You are a person of the greatest importance when you are a mother of the family.
My father came back one day and forced my mother to submit to him. He raped her, holding a knife.
Today I blame only certain agents for my long eclipse as a public entertainer.
We show girls were forced to live in whorehouses in each town, no other accommodations being available.