Acting

«Darling, don't be silly, your whole future is ahead of you. All you have to do is go out there and ask for a part- something small and reasonable just to start with. From there, no one can stop you. Don't feel bad about anything you've done, and for God's sake, have fun.»

Anna Godbersen


«Actors are all about entrances, but writers are all about exits.»

Vincent H. O'Neil


«To be too knowing is a downfall.»

Laura Linney


«Totus mundus agit histrionem.»

William Shakespeare


«I had a dream about you. We were actors in a horror movie and I was hunting you down with a knife. When I finally cornered you the director yelled "Cut".... What? I can't be blamed for following instructions.»

Georgia Saratsioti


«Death is just the last scene of the last act.»

Joyce Carol Oates


«The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind.»

Vera Nazarian


«Never give all the heart, for love»

W.B. Yeats


«One play down and 497 to Go!»

Ray S. Jones


«Act as though everything will be perfectly fine — because it will. Life has you and it's not letting you go.»

Bryant McGill


«I had the privilege of being able to choose, or at least have the opportunity to work at, being anything but an actor.»

Benedict Cumberbatch


«Don’t try to present your art by making other people read or hear or see or touch it; make them feel it. Wear your art like your heart on your sleeve and keep it alive by making people feel a little better. Feel a little lighter. Create art in order for yourself to become yourself»

Charlotte Eriksson


«At cocktail parties, I played the part of a successful businessman's wife to perfection. I smiled, I made polite chit-chat, and I dressed the part. Denial and rationalization were two of my most effective tools in working my way through our social obligations. I believed that playing the roles of wife and mother were the least I could do to help support Tom's career.»

Suzie Burke


«The thing that makes you say, "I want to do something" - that is the beginning of talent.»

Stella Adler


«... so this is for us.»

Charlotte Eriksson


«When you most succeed, you do so by seeming not to act at all.»

Stella Adler


«That's what I love most about writers--they're such lousy actors.»

Vincent H. O'Neil


«I was truly happy. But my state was not that of any ordinary satisfaction. It was a joy which stemmed directly from creative, artistic achievement.»

Konstantin Stanislavski


«Congress needs to act now. Seriously, leave Washington DC, move to Hollywood, and leave the rest of the country alone.»

Jarod Kintz


«The words of his various writing instructors and professional mentors over the years came back to him at times like these, and he found a new understanding in their advice: Writing is rewriting. The rough draft is just that. You can’t polish what you haven’t written.»

Vincent H. O'Neil


«I always am in a role, lovely – for you, for them – even for myself. Yeah... Even when I’m alone, I am still in a role – and I myself am the most exacting audience I have ever had.»

Simona Panova


«All the world's a stage,»

William Shakespeare


«All the world's a stage.»

William Shakespeare


«I don't get it. I just don't get it. If Art is supposed to imitate Life, why do they want all the actors to be thin? There are fat people in the world. Shouldn't there be a few of us actors to represent them?»

Camryn Manheim


«I have done this—made the sad prince laugh. Made his grieving parents smile. None but me. Think you only kings have power? Stand on a stage and hold the hearts of men in your hands. Make them laugh with a gesture, cry with a word. Make them love you. And you will know what power is.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«I don't understand', I say,'why they care what I think, as long as I'm acting how they want me to.'»

Veronica Roth


«A moment of truth is very powerful. Instead of smiling to be polite, just frown. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is all right, proclaim it isn't alright, and talk about your feelings! Honor your truth. Honor yourself. Be real.»

Bryant McGill


«An actor is just a part of a movie, but director - he is the movie.»

Amit Kalantri


«I think I know where my life went wrong. For all the world's a stage and I'm a lousy actor!»

Greg Curtis


«Not wanting the girls to endure the shame of a crazy mother, I spent my days acting as normal as possible. I walked through life, an actor in a Leave it to Beaver episode, determined to disguise all clues of my real condition until... well, until I could find an appropriate moment to do away with myself." [...]»

Suzie Burke