Saturday Morning Inspiration

25 quotes about the theatre and acting for your Saturday morning breakfast.

  1. The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.”
    ~ Stella Adler
  2. [Human beings] will begin to recover the moment we take art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.
    ~ Ernst Levy
  3. 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.
    ~Oscar Wilde
  4. Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
    ~ Sanford Meisner
  5. There’s nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things.
    ~ Tim Robbins
  6. Without wonder and insight, acting is just a business. With it, it becomes creation.
    ~ Bette Davis
  7. That’s what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.
    ~Gerardine Clark
  8. 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.
    ~ George Bernard Shaw
  9. Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.
    ~ Bette Davis
  10. Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
    ~ Meryl Streep
  11. Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!
    ~ Craig MacDonald
  12. Find in yourself those human things which are universal.
    ~ Sanford Meisner
  13. An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.
    ~ Michael Chekhov
  14. The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
    ~ Stella Adler
  15. Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.
    ~ Michael Shurtleff
  16. Honesty isn’t enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what you’re doing is real and it’s also bigger than life — that’s exciting.
    ~ Gene Hackman
  17. Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential.
    ~ Michael Shurtleff
  18. I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
    ~ Meryl Streep
  19. Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.
    ~ William Esper
  20. Listening is not merely hearing. Listening is reacting. Listening is being affected by what you hear. Listening is active.
    ~ Michael Shurtleff
  21. Actors die so loud.
    ~ Henry Miller
  22. I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
    ~ Oscar Wilde
  23. If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a secret agent.
    ~ Thornton Wilder
  24. Every scene you will ever act begins in the middle, and it is up to you, the actor, to provide what comes before.
    ~ Michael Shurtleff
  25. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
    ~ Stella Adler

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