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We become actors without realizing it, and actors without wanting to.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.

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.

Robert Bresson (1901-1999) French film director.

I am acquainted with no immaterial sensuality so delightful as good acting.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.


The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) English author.

When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Russian author.

To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French philosopher.