I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.
I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.
Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice, golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.
We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings.
Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it.
I don't know what is better than the work that is given to the actor-to teach the human heart the knowledge of itself.
The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.
I'd like people to remember me for a diligent expert workman. I think a poet is a workman. I think Shakespeare was a workman. And God's a workman. I don't think there's anything better than a workman.
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.
I often think that could we creep behind the actor's eyes, we would find an attic of forgotten toys and a copy of the Domesday Book.
Have a very good reason for everything you do.
My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.
We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act.
If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey.
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