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It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.
Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
When you dominate other people's emotions, the time has to come when you will have to pay, and heavily, for that privilege.
There's no hypocrisy in Hell's Kitchen.
All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.
Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down.
We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
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.
I have reason to be shy. I've been hurt plenty.
I've never been able to feel that there is anything undignified about making your living by the sweat of your brow.
We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can.
Asking what I considered an impossible salary when I didn't want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again.
You are a person of the greatest importance when you are a mother of a family. Just do your job right and your kids will love you.
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.
The white audiences thought I was white, my features being what they are, and at every performance I'd have to take off my gloves to prove I was a spade.
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.
The big compliment came from the beer drinkers who didn't know me. They wouldn't drink or move when I sang. If they had their glasses in mid-air, the glasses wouldn't come down.
I never felt I belonged. I was always an outsider.
I want affection and tenderness desperately, but there's something in me that prevents me from handing it out.
Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks, browns and yellows. I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults and virtues as members of the other races.
Elia Kazan understood my problems. He was able to bring out the very best in me. He gave me credit for my intelligence.
I cannot help feeling I would have been happier with a husband and chidren of my own.
I never accepted the idea that I was all through. I guess no person who has once been a star can do that, ever.
No one in the world can beat Ella Fitzgerald as a riff singer.
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