"Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced."
"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 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."
"I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano."