"Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living."
"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 Merman 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 Merman on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Ethel Merman on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Ethel Merman 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 Merman on Pablo Picasso
"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."
"Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most."
"I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano."