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Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.

Author: Thomas Reid (1710-1769)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher

Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of the actor's trade.

Author: Miranda Richardson


There are no small parts. Only small actors.

Author: Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)

Profession: American Actress

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead. [On his college registration experience]

Author: Tom Selleck (1945)

Profession: American Actor

Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you -- tripping on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as Leif the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

An actress must never lose her ego -- without it she has no talent.

Author: Norma Shearer (1900-1983)

Profession: Canadian-born American Actress

Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too.

Author: Donald Sinden (1923)

Profession: British Actor

An actor who knows his business ought to be able to make the London telephone directory sound enthralling.

Author: Donald Sinden (1923)

Profession: British Actor

You know how in high school you do these plays and people come up after the show and they're really excited for you? Well, that's what's happening to me right now.

Author: Mira Sorvino (1970)

Profession: American Actress

I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.

Author: Kevin Spacey (1959)

Profession: American Actor, Director, Producer

I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works.

Author: Sylvester Stallone (1946)

Profession: American Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

Stage charm guarantees in advance an actor's hold on the audience, it helps him to carry over to large numbers of people his creative purposes. It enhances his roles and his art. Yet it is of utmost importance that he use this precious gift with prudence, wisdom, and modesty. It is a great shame when he does not realize this and goes on to exploit, to play on his ability to charm.

Author: Konstantin Stanislavisky (1863-1968)

Profession: Russian Actor, Theatre director, Teacher

Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.

Author: Konstantin Stanislavisky (1863-1968)

Profession: Russian Actor, Theatre director, Teacher