Quotations The Best Quotes About Acting And Actors  

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Acting is the perfect idiot's profession. Katharine Hepburn

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