"Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood. She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about me."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Ethel Waters on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Ethel Waters on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Ethel Waters on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Ethel Waters on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Ethel Waters on Pablo Picasso
"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."
"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."
"Elia Kazan understood my problems. He was able to bring out the very best in me. He gave me credit for my intelligence."
"We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can."
"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."
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