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We become actors without realizing it, and actors without wanting to. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. Constantin Stanislavski

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The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart. Bette Davis

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The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting. Charlie Chaplin

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The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen. W. H. Auden

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The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event. Roland Barthes

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A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls. Bertolt Brecht

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I am acquainted with no immaterial sensuality so delightful as good acting. George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

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One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life. Robert Bresson

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Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it. Marguerite Duras

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The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part. Miguel de Cervantes

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The most minor gifts and not a very high class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four. Katharine Hepburn

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Players, Sir! I look on them as no better than creatures set upon tables and joint stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs. Samuel Johnson

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Actors die so loud. Henry Miller

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I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep. Denis Diderot

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To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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It's a business you go into because you're an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession. Katharine Hepburn

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In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part. Washington Irving

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Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process. Aldous Huxley

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I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle. Alfred Hitchcock

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If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you. Katharine Hepburn

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Acting is the perfect idiot's profession. Katharine Hepburn

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They are the only honest hypocrites, their life is a voluntary dream, a studied madness. William Hazlitt

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Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil. W. C. Fields

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Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty. Constantin Stanislavski

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While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance. Oscar Wilde

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A true priest is aware of the presence of the altar during every moment that he is conducting a service. It is exactly the same way that a true artist should react to the stage all the time he is in the theater. An actor who is incapable of this feeling will never be a true artist. Constantin Stanislavski

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Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me. George Bernard Shaw

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The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression. Oscar Wilde

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Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings. William Shakespeare

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We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all. William Hazlitt

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Elizabeth Taylor is pre-feminist woman. This is the source of her continuing greatness and relevance. She wields the sexual power that feminism cannot explain and has tried to destroy. Through stars like Taylor, we sense the world-disordering impact of legendary women like Delilah, Salome, and Helen of Troy. Feminism has tried to dismiss the femme fatale as a misogynist libel, a hoary clich?. But the femme fatale expresses women's ancient and eternal control of the sexual realm. The specter of the femme fatale stalks all men's relations with women. Camille Paglia

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She represents the un-vowed aspiration of the male human being, his potential infidelity -- and infidelity of a very special kind, which would lead him to the opposite of his wife, to the woman of wax whom he could model at will, make and unmake in any way he wished, even unto death. Marguerite Duras

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Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing -- all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art -- at the door. Constantin Stanislavski

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They are, as it were, train-bearers in the pageant of life, and hold a glass up to humanity, frailer than itself. We see ourselves at second-hand in them: they show us all that we are, all that we wish to be, and all that we dread to be. What brings the resemblance nearer is, that, as they imitate us, we, in our turn, imitate them. There is no class of society whom so many persons regard with affection as actors. William Hazlitt

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I love acting. It is so much more real than life. Oscar Wilde

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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde

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I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Thornton Wilder

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Stage charm guarantees in advance an actor's hold on the audience, it helps him to carry over to large numbers of people his creative purposes. It enhances his roles and his art. Yet it is of utmost importance that he use this precious gift with prudence, wisdom, and modesty. It is a great shame when he does not realize this and goes on to exploit, to play on his ability to charm. Constantin Stanislavski

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Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him. Orson Welles

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The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation. Constantin Stanislavski

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Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it. Constantin Stanislavski

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Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you -- tripping on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as Leif the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. William Shakespeare

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She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. Dorothy Parker

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“Once you do a piece on the stage, you become that poem or you become that piece. That’s really who you are. I think that’s why some artists have stage names, you know? I don’t have a stage name, it’s pretty much just me.” Clinton D. Powell