Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.
The most precious things in speech are the pauses.
Acting: An art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing.
If a man without a sense of smell declared that this yellow rose that I hold had no scent, we should know that he is wrong. The defect is in him, not the flower. It is the same with the man who says there is no God. It merely means that he is without the capacity to discern His presence.
Actors are the jockeys of literature. Others supply the horses, the plays, and we simply make them run.
Acting is the ability to dream on cue.
You've got to perform in a role hundreds of times. In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator.
Dead? No excuse for laying off work.
I like talking to engineers best. They built bridges, they're very precise, very disciplined, yet I find they have roving minds.
In music, the punctuation is absolutely strict, the bars and rests are absolutely defined. But our punctuation cannot be quite strict, because we have to relate it to the audience. In other words we are continually changing the score.
Acting is a strange business; one day it's there, and the next day nowhere to be seen.
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