The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
I'm not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.
Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.
Acting is half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself.
There is no overacting, only untrue acting.
Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting, that's the sign of maturity.
It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience.
It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I started acting.
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.
An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.
To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves.
Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
The theater is a weapon, and it is the people who should wield it.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
I have only one rule in acting - trust the director and give him heart and soul.
The inner life of the [imagination], and not the personal and tiny experiential resources of the actor, should be elaborated on the stage and shown to the audience. This life is rich and revealing for the audience as well as for the actor himself.
If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.
Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor's art infinite.
You don't merely give over your creativity to making a film - you give over your life! In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously; you have no option but to confront the mould on last night's washing-up.
Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.
You name it and I've done it. I'd like to say I did it my way. But that line, I'm afraid, belongs to someone else.
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
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