"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."
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."Ethel Merman on Mahatma Gandhi
"God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.'"Ethel Merman on Billy Graham
"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine."Ethel Merman on Dwight L. Moody
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."Ethel Merman on Pope John Paul II
"The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake."Ethel Merman on Basil Hume
"I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes."
"My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that's the way it will always be."
"Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced."
"Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living."
"Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most."