"I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with, but you can't go back to them and be one of them again, no matter how hard you try."
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."Ethel Waters on e. e. cummings
"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up."Ethel Waters on John C. Maxwell
"As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too."Ethel Waters on Johnny Depp
"As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you."Ethel Waters on Fran Lebowitz
"We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public."Ethel Waters on Bryan White
"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."
"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."