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Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

Sanford Meisner

The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.

James Dean

Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.

Alicia Witt

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

George Burns

Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.

Annette Bening

Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.

Paul Newman

Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

Sanford Meisner

Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.

Katharine Hepburn

People acting in their own self-interest is the fuel for all the discovery, innovation, and prosperity that powers the world.

John Stossel

That's what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.

Gerardine Clark

An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.

Sanford Meisner

Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.

Michael Shurtleff

Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.

W. C. Fields

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Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

George Burns

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

Stella Adler

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

Oscar Wilde

I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

Alfred Hitchcock

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

Donald Sinden

Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.

Laurence Olivier

The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.

Marlon Brando

There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.

Spencer Tracy

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

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Don't wait. The time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Find in yourself those human things which are universal.

Sanford Meisner

Life's like a play; it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

Seneca the Younger

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.

Constantin Stanislavski
Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.
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.
I can't stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work. It's easy work. Anyone who says it is hard never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack.
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.
When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.
Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.

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