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Performance Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Performance

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

Music is a performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett

Related topics: Music

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.
- Harold S. Geneen

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties
gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations
that life will someday force us to make.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

So, sometimes, when I'm not happy with my performance and I have to think,
I will think in English.
- Sophie Marceau

The voters reward good performance.
So, I'm going to go out and focus, if I become the governor,
to do the very best job I can as governor.
The rest of it will take care of itself.
- Dave Heineman

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Let your performance do the thinking.
- Charlotte Bronte

When you are new to the business, you think if you
give a really bad performance,
that's one they will print.
You will be judged.
You just have to be brave.
- Robbie Coltrane

He who is most slow in making a promise is the most
faithful in performance of it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It was important to have a similar energy in my performance.
To make the character too different would have just
been about my ego because it didn't need to be drastically different.
- Brandon Routh

A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.
- Peter Drucker

Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance.
That translates into pacing a story,
pleasing a reading audience.
- Jimmy Buffett

It's about getting a more democratic Wales for the
purpose of improving our economic performance,
for improving the delivery of health care,
for raising educational standards.
- Ron Davies

My guess is many top athletes, distance runners included,
use performance-enhancing drugs, enough so that the problem must be tackled.
- Bill Rodgers

Nobody has milked one performance better than me -
and I'm damned proud of it.
- Bruce Jenner

The performance of a lifetime is the perfect thing
to be doing at this age because I can use the age.
- Fritz Weaver

I just produced Criminal, this remake of Nine Queens,
and one of the things that appealed to me about Nine
Queens is that it was a performance piece,
and that's the most fun.
- Steven Soderbergh

Performance art can be produced in a coffee house setting.
- Jack Bowman

If you go on stage with the wrong attitude,
or something in your performance is off,
you can lose an audience in the first minute.
That first minute is crucial.
- Allan Carr

The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.
- Humphrey Bogart

I think it hurt my performance because I stopped being me.
That won't ever happen again.
- Christopher Darden

No, we've been performing our old songs a little differently each performance.
- Fred Schneider

And one of our points of continuing conversation with
our trading partners is the urgency of their taking
steps to remove barriers to their improved growth performance.
- John W. Snow

The best way to inspire people to superior performance
is to convince them by everything you do and by your
everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.
- Harold S. Geneen

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.
- Mae West

I have never taken any substance to enhance my performance.
- Kelli White

The perception is that baseball's players' union is
protecting players to use steroids and other illegal
performance-enhancing drugs.
- Jim Bunning

Every superior personality, and every superior performance,
has, for the average of mankind, something mysterious.
- Georg Simmel

Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is
in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance
in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
- Ernest Hemingway

It is the element I miss in electronic music -
no performance,
no loving immersion.
Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to electronic music.
- Lukas Foss

My best kiss was on stage.
Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child gave me a really
nice soft kiss on my lips during a performance on my birthday.
It was amazing.
- Chris Brown

In the theater, you go from point A to point Z,
building your performance as the evening progresses.
You have to relinquish that control on a film.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

One of my side strange abilities is to hear a good song,
no matter how it's being performed.
Even if you get a bad performance, I can still hear
that there's a good song.
- Manfred Mann

I made many studio albums and I think the danger of
studio recording is that if you do not watch out,
you come out with a perfectly sterile performance.
- Chuck Mangione

I don't think of Storefront Hitchcock or Stop Making Sense as documentaries,
I think of them more as performance films.
- Jonathan Demme

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence,
excellence becomes a reality.
- Joe Paterno

Performance is your reality.
Forget everything else.
- Harold S. Geneen

Firms would be given initial entitlements to gross
markup on the basis of past performance.
These entitlements would be transferable and a market
in them would be developed.
- William Vickrey

It is something we have always excelled at and prided ourselves at -
the excellences of our stage performance.
- James Young

The most memorable performance was my appearance in
concert in Carnegie Hall.
The first standup to do so.
- Shelley Berman

An emotional performance is usually more instinctive to an actor.
- Alan Bates

I know that I'm never as good or bad as any single performance.
I've never believed my critics or my worshippers,
and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
- Charles Barkley

If you give it good concentration, good energy,
good heart and good performance, the song will play you.
- Levon Helm

All I have is my performance, I try to feed in the
best of everything that I could possibly do into those
90 minutes and to make a live entertainment show out of it.
- George Thorogood

I started using film as part of live theatre performance -
what used to be called performance art -
and I became intrigued by film.
- Mike Figgis

Good performance is about the capacity to focus and concentrate.
- Betty Buckley

I preferred delivering my performance in person.
I liked to be in control.
You couldn't be in films.
- Ethel Merman

Good acting is consistency of performance.
- Jim Dale

I'm not saying that more performance wouldn't be better -
all these technologies are going to get better -
that's the difference between first generation and second generation.
- Trip Hawkins

I always wanted, and still aspire, to be something
more than just one thing,
just one performance.
- Kevin Bacon

Be able to resign.
It will improve your value to the President and do
wonders for your performance.
- Donald Rumsfeld

When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance
he is in a technical sense transmitting more information
to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.
- Robert Moog

The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.
- Harrison Ford

You can lose in cinema too if you don't put on a good performance.
- Eric Cantona

It's always been performance art, but now it's on a different level.
- Mark Roberts

I love doing theater so much - being in front of an
audience and seeing how a character grows and develops with every performance.
- Jerry Hall

Even though I don't feel I need approval,
it's still important to me to give a good performance.
I'm hard on myself.
- Michelle Pfeiffer

It's such a performance to bring stuff into America.
It's a great luxury when I am in England.
- Terence Stamp

Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors
and composers have written a good part,
a fact which is often overlooked.
- Judy Holliday

Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster:
It's an incredible performance.
- Taylor Hackford

But now in this day and age, people are more prone
to go out to try new things to enhance their performance on the field -
to enhance their physical appearance.
- Bo Jackson

It would have to be connected with performance art somehow,
either in the front of the house or the back.
I was myopic about this from fourth grade on.
- James Marsters

We were doing performance art as far back as 1965,
just not calling it that.
- Joseph Jarman

Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes?
The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time
to is the creation and performance of music itself.
- Billy Joel

When we get the final hardware, the performance is just going to skyrocket.
- J Allard

I had a flair for comedy and could give a sustained performance.
- Jessie Matthews

So much depends on the performance, and here you are
also tied up in the emotion the game evokes.
- David Gower

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it.
To some men of early performance it is useless.
To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
- Thomas Hardy

Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a
concert than for an opera performance.
- Placido Domingo

That kind of piece, perhaps most recognizable because
of Yoko Ono's similar work,
built a bridge between performance art and music -
and without raising any awkward social issues.
- Tony Conrad


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