"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 empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Ethel Waters on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Ethel Waters on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Ethel Waters on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Ethel Waters on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Ethel Waters on William Shakespeare
"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."
"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 was the greatest influence of my childhood. She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about 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."
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