Have a very good reason for everything you do.
Don't waste your time striving for perfection; instead, strive for excellence - doing your best.
The humility to prepare and the self-confidence to bring it off.
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.
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
The art of persuasion. The actor persuades himself, first, and through himself, the audience.
No matter how well you perform, there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
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.
Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.
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.
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.
We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings.
Shakespeare - The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.
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.
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.
I'm rather bored by the subject - meaning me. It's a sort of a yoke, but at times you know, a yoke is a kind of comfort. And it's always there.
Acting is an everlasting search for truth.
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.
I have to act to live.
You must have - besides intuition and sensitivity - a cutting edge that allows you to reach what you need. Also, you have to know life - bastards included - and it takes a bit of one to know one, don't you think?
I am far from sure when I am acting and when I am not or, should I more frankly put it, when I am lying and when I am not. For what is acting but lying and what is good acting but convincing lying?
If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey.
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