The humility to prepare and the self-confidence to bring it off.
Don't waste your time striving for perfection; instead, strive for excellence - doing your best.
Have a very good reason for everything you do.
Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it.
Use your weaknesses; aspire to the strength.
No matter how well you perform, there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is. You'll be afraid you can't achieve it. It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.
The art of persuasion. The actor persuades himself, first, and through himself, the audience.
Without acting, I cannot breathe.
What is the main problem of the actor? It is to keep the audience awake, and not let them go to sleep, then wake up and go home feeling they've wasted their money.
Above all, you must remain open and fresh and alive to any new idea.
If I wasn't an actor, I think I'd have gone mad. You have to have extra voltage, some extra temperament to reach certain heights.
I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.
What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?
Acting is an everlasting search for truth.
We used to have actresses trying to become stars; now we have stars trying to become actresses.
Of all the things I've done in life, directing a motion picture is the most beautiful. It's the most exciting and the nearest than an interpretive craftsman, such as an actor can possibly get to being a creator.
Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.
Shakespeare - The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.
We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings.
I don't know what is better than the work that is given to the actor-to teach the human heart the knowledge of itself.
I often think that could we creep behind the actor's eyes, we would find an attic of forgotten toys and a copy of the Domesday Book.
When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part.
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