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Acting Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Acting

Please enjoy these Acting Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers
of acting and reasoning as fear.
- Edmund Burke

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A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

Manage the remarkable balance between acting
from your heart and close to your gifts
with completing the obligations
that your labor and tasks require of you.
Leverage opportunity AND seize joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

 

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

I really think that effective acting has to do literally
with the movement of molecules.
- Charlotte Whitton

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It's not subtle or restrained.
It's not any of the things you like to think apply to your acting.
- Margaret Hamilton

I make two movies a year to take care of the butcher
and the baker and the school fees.
Then I try to write, but it's not that easy.
Acting is what's easy.
- David Niven

Producing is hell, writing is frustrating,
acting is really satisfying, directing is heaven.
- Salma Hayek

It was always part of the plan to move into acting.
- Aaliyah

Yeah, I think the common denominator -
and this is probably going to sound like Acting 101 -
but the common denominator is belief in the character in the moment.
- Jenna Elfman

I think, by and large, the level of acting is mediocre.
When I go to the theatre, I get so angry.
I don't go.
- Uta Hagen

I don't want to give up acting - it's what I am.
- Julie Walters

Of course, in later years, I'd studied acting more than ever before -
mostly with the late Stella Adler,
who was marvelous!
- but in my earlier years, I couldn't afford to do this.
- Marie Windsor

Bit parts in Mediocre TV shows won't develop your acting chops.
- Stephen Collins

To me acting is like a jigsaw puzzle.
The jigsaw puzzle is of the sky and all the pieces are blue.
Out of this you have to create a human being and put it together.
- Henry Winkler

It's well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show.
- Jimmy Stewart

I can relax in L.A.
I think I'm the only person in that town who doesn't want to act.
I was an OK singer.
I was an OK dancer.
But acting? Never could do it.
- Victoria Beckham

I kind of fell into acting, but I have sung and trained
since I was in the eighth grade.
- Tia Carrere

Absolutely not, because in acting I've found a domain that suits me perfectly.
And that is so utterly rare.
- Zhang Ziyi

The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies
not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role,
for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands.
- Maria Jeritza

I was at an acting academy for seven years prior to the trial.
- Kato Kaelin

To choose ways of not acting was ever the concern and scruple of my life.
- Fernando Pessoa

There's so much crap talked about acting.
- Ben Kingsley

Acting is the work of two people-it's only possible
when you have the complicity,
the help, even the manipulation of a director.
- Victoria Abril

I'm not done with acting but do find my hands full
with my current responsibilities.
Soon, sometime soon.
- Christopher Knight

It was always acting, singing and dancing that I loved.
- Linda Lavin

Acting is a form of confession.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I don't like to intellectualize about my acting.
- Genevieve Bujold

Acting should be bigger than life.
Scripts should be bigger than life.
It should all be bigger than life.
- Bette Davis

I'm not acting, but I am acting.
- Tracey Gold

I think the reason we're so crazy sexually in America
is that all our responses are acting.
We don't know how to feel.
We know how it looked in the movies.
- Jill Robinson

You don't have any kind of sense of being foolish when you are acting.
When you're younger you don't want to look a fool,
so you don't do things that might make you vulnerable.
- Tom Wilkinson

But then acting is all about faking.
We're all very good at faking things that we have no competence with.
- John Cleese

Now my drug is writing or acting, being creative.
- Scott Caan

If this whole acting thing doesn't work out,
I'll just get a talk show.
- Rachael Leigh

Strive to be authentic all the time.
That's sort of my philosophy on life,
which applies to acting.
- Paul Guilfoyle

Now that I've got some films under my belt,
I have the courage of my convictions regarding acting.
It gives me a leg to stand on.
- Mira Sorvino

Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.
- Fiona Shaw

I found my interest lapse in both acting and racing.
- Lillie Langtry

I don't have any love for this business or the game or for acting.
This is my day job.
- Terrence Howard

Other acting opportunities had come along,
but nothing that was tantalizing enough to me to step
away from what I found most interesting.
- Fred Savage

Acting is really only part of my life.
I'm addicted to it.
- Blythe Danner

I'd always enjoyed acting, but modeling was so time-consuming -
and lucrative -
that I didn't pursue it.
- Jerry Hall

Acting is not that far from mental disease:
An actor works on splitting his character into others.
It is like a kind of schizophrenia.
- Vittorio Gassman

But most of what I've learned about acting -
and a lot of what I've learned about life in the past seven years -
was taught to me by Robert Altman.
- Shelley Duvall

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

I'm just starting to scratch the surface of what really
makes me happy and it's taken me a while to admit that
acting like a little child and being a jerk and a punk is fun.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

When I was a kid, the idea of why I wanted acting to
be the thing I do for the rest of my life was different.
It was, Oh yeah, I'll get girls and be famous.
- Edward Furlong

I always think that a director who knows about the technical side,
but cares about the acting performances and casting as well,
is ahead of the game.
- Bob Balaban

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal.
Live this day as if it were your last.
The past is over and gone.
The future is not guaranteed.
- Wayne Dyer

My family thought the fascination with acting was just another fad.
- Sean Bean

And I used to write novels and little stories and compositions and I -
but I put them away because I started acting when I was 17.
So there wasn't much time.
- Joan Collins

I don't think I have one iota of cynicism about acting.
- Donald Sutherland

Well, acting was just in me and I tried to avoid it.
I didn't want to do what my parents did,
you know?
- Corbin Bernsen

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade.
With it, it becomes creation.
- Bette Davis

Zhang is a friend of mine: he said forget about acting
and just do normal things in the movie.
- Jet Li

I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation
I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
- Olivia Wilde

The pleasant surprise for me is that when I look into Tony's eyes,
he's still 100% present, sharing everything that's going on.
Acting with him is like a beautiful dance.
- Genie Francis

This city can be kind of brutal, so you see your dreams
from every different angle,
but ultimately it's about acting and if you enjoy acting,
you will always enjoy acting.
- Radha Mitchell

Acting is a form of confusion.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I was able to support myself by acting alone about six years ago.
Until then, I was just scraping by.
- Edie Falco

Good acting is consistency of performance.
- Jim Dale

I suddenly discovered that acting made girls notice me.
- Ted Lange

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it.
There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting.
It's lying.
- Johnny Depp

I love acting and don't find it to be very hard.
I recognize when I've nailed it, and I can be very proud of myself.
- Ewan McGregor

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

Yes, I made mistakes by rebelling, by acting out in confused ways.
- Jennifer Capriati

The trouble with talking about acting is that it's like sex.
It's enormously fun to do but just dreadfully embarrassing
when you have to talk about it.
- Paul Bettany

The real joy is in constructing a sentence.
But I see myself as an actor first because writing
is what you do when you are ready and acting is what
you do when someone else is ready.
- Steve Martin


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