"I had always loved John Ford's pictures. And I came to love him, too, but I was frightened to death working for him. He used the shock treatment while directing me."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Ethel Waters on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Ethel Waters on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Ethel Waters on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Ethel Waters on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Ethel Waters on Helen Keller
"Though I was excited about the Sojourner Truth play, it was not reassuring to think that my entire future might depend on the success of that one show."
"Elia Kazan understood my problems. He was able to bring out the very best in me. He gave me credit for my intelligence."
"We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can."
"Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood. She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about me."
"Mom never quit on me. My only regret is that she didn't live long enough to share some of the money and comforts my work in show business has brought me."