"I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up. I wish my grandmother had done the same. I wanted my girls to know 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."Carol Burnett 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."Carol Burnett on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Carol Burnett on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Carol Burnett 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."Carol Burnett on Pablo Picasso
"I'm glad I was born when I was. My time was the golden age of variety. If I were starting out again now, maybe things would happen for me, but it certainly would not be on a variety show with 28 musicians, 12 dancers, two major guest stars, 50 costumes a week by Bob Mackie. The networks just wouldn't spend the money today."
"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."
"Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own."
"My interesting diet tips are eat early and don't nosh between meals. I mean, I can pack it away."
"You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself."