Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
Acting is the perfect idiot's profession.
The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms.
Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.
First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.
If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you're given a free chance to practice your craft.
You spend all your life trying to do something they put people in asylums for.
The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.
The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
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.
Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.
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.
Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.
I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
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