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Ethel Merman Quotes

Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.

Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.

At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.

At one time I smoked, but in 1959 I couldn't think of anything else to give up for Lent so I stopped-and I haven't had a cigarette since.

Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.

Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.

Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.

Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me.

Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most.

Everything's coming up roses - for me.

I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don't mince words.

I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.

I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.

I can never remember being afraid of an audience. If the audience could do better, they'd be up here on stage and I'd be out there watching them.

I don't like to read. The only things I read are gossip columns. If someone gives me a book, it had better have lots of pictures.

I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.

I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old.

I have plenty of invitations to go places, lots to do. If I'm not working, I go to have my hair taken care of and work at needlepoint.

I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.