"Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Ethel Merman on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Ethel Merman on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Ethel Merman on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Ethel Merman on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Ethel Merman on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano."