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1. "A lot of acting techniques are very self-oriented."
Author: Anna Deavere Smith
2. "My mom thought I might be good for voiceover. She thought I had a cute voice, so maybe I could do a cartoon or something. And while we were looking into that, we also thought I should get into theater acting, so I tried it and the first audition I went on, I booked it. And it kind of just snowballed from there."
Author: Atticus Shaffer
3. "I'm attached to my land in Pantelleria as if I'd inherited it. Acting is my job, Pantelleria is my home."
Author: Carole Bouquet
4. "Acting is our job, not talking about it. In France, they know me like I belong to their family. I go somewhere and I feel like I'm sometimes the aunt, the grandmother, the mother, the sister. They all know me. But it's not supposed to be that way."
Author: Carole Bouquet
5. "Musical theater is often seen as a lesser form of acting, although I don't see it that way."
Author: Christian Borle
6. "The radicals assumed that acting was more important than speaking. Talking and writing books, Winstanley insisted, is 'all nothing and must die; for action is the life of all, and if thou dost not act, thou dost nothing.' It is a thought worth pondering by those who read books about the seventeenth-century radicals, no less than by those who write them. Were you doers or talkers only? Bunyan asked his generation. What canst thou say?"
Author: Christopher Hill
7. "A dream my girlfriend and I have is to move to New York for a year or two because we just love the city. I would take some acting classes."
Author: Daniel Bruhl
8. "I love where he and I stand right now. It's like we're on the brink, and everything's full of excitement and potential precisely because the heavy making out is still something to look forward to. I realize we can't remain PG-rated forever. I'm all too aware, though, how easy it is to let hooking up become the crux of a relationship. Then you forget how to just be together and why you should stay together. So for the meantime I'd like to take things slowly in order to prevent hooking up from ever getting too important.Amy would say I'm overreacting, but I'm just trying to learn from past mistakes."
Author: Daria Snadowsky
9. "Acting-wise, I haven't done a lot of comedy, so I would love to work with Jane Lynch. I think she's hilarious."
Author: David Sutcliffe
10. "Listening and hearing are two different things, and acting is comprehending what the person is saying, thinking how it makes you feel and responding. That's the key to really honest, truthful, compelling performance."
Author: David Wenham
11. "Acting is somewhat mysteriously taught. There are so many different methods and systems and processes for teaching acting because it will always be an elusive art-form."
Author: Deborah Ann Woll
12. "I was a dancer from a young age. My parents were dancers; we were taken to a lot of ballet as children. It occurred to me that what I liked more than dancing the steps was acting the story of whatever particular performance I was taking part in."
Author: Elizabeth Debicki
13. "Don't get too set on becoming an actor at an early age. I think that's where some people get into trouble. Acting becomes their life. I don't want that."
Author: Freddie Highmore
14. "With old liars who have been acting all their lives there are moments when they enter so completely into their part that they tremble or shed tears in earnest, although at that very moment, or a second later, they are able to whisper to themselves, "You know you are lying, you shameless old sinner! You're acting now, in spite of your 'holy' wrath."
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. "Acting is a way of living out one's insanity."
Author: Isabelle Huppert
16. "So what I suggest you start doing is fucking this world better than she's ever been fucked and start acting like a motherfucker that wants that big money rock - fuck."
Author: J.M. August
17. "Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show."
Author: James Stewart
18. "…he'd formed the words with his lips, not thinking, just acting. Come for me."
Author: Joey W. Hill
19. "Acting may be how I've made my living, but music has always been my passion."
Author: John Corbett
20. "Franny's Hollywood name, her acting name, is one you know. This is our family's story, and it's inappropriate for me to use Franny's stage name – but I know that you know her. Franny is the one you always desire. She is the best one, even when she's the villain; she always the real hero, even when she dies, even when she dies for love – or worse, for war. She's the most beautiful, the most unapproachable, but the most vulnerable too, somehow – and the toughest. (She's why you go to the movie, or why you stay.)"
Author: John Irving
21. "Anyway, what do women grab when they're nervous and sitting at their desks? Do they slip their hands inside their panties? What a distracting thought. Just the word panty is distracting. I love that word; it implies so much. I love how women look in panties, how they're flat in the front. I'm thirty-five, but sometimes it's still this beautiful amazing shock to me that women don't have penises. They just have this lovely little mound of hair and then this tucked away glorious hole. Hole. Wait. Hole sounds vulgar. Is passageway better? Pretty envelope? Georgia O'Keeffe flower? Pussy? Pussy is good. I like the word pussy. Tucked away beautiful pussy. I wish I could put my face in one right now and sing out, "I love you!"
Author: Jonathan Ames
22. "Acting for me was hard enough without having to think of the accent. And also, when I was auditioning for stuff I would walk into the room with an Australian accent ,and I would do the audition in an American accent, and they would invariably say, 'Yeah, it's that good, but I can still hear the oddity coming through.'"
Author: Jonathan LaPaglia
23. "I did theatre a lot when I was a kid. Then I went to acting school in New York. I did a lot of behind the scenes in college. I wanted to learn while I had the time. I studied theatre and film in different capacities."
Author: Justin Bartha
24. "Our teacher, Mr. Stratton, was way distracting with his angular face and broad shoulders. The dark-rimmed glasses he wore had caused many a breathy sigh from his students when he'd adjusted them on his face. One time he'd bitten his lip, pulling it between his teeth in a totally sexy way and I swear, I could smell the estrogen surge in the room."
Author: Katrina Abbott
25. "RULES OF LYING:1. Figure out your lie before you open your mouth.2. Play on your opponent's sympathies and weaknesses3. Dance around the lie with distracting truth. They're far more convincing.4. Picture the lie in your head as if it were the truth. They want to see how it's coming up.5. Never forget which is the lie and which is the truth.6. If you say something that brings you trouble, pretend that was actually the lie. Lie and say you were joking before, and aren't you funny? It's a quick escape from a sticky situation. It's the liars trapdoor.7. Avoid it if at all possible.8. Keep up your poker face. Never have a "tell" or a physical gesture that will give yourself away and let your opponent know your bluffing."
Author: Kristin Walker
26. "I think that when I was child, acting was mostly just a hobby for me. It was something that my parents encouraged me to think of the way that my brothers thought of their cross-country classes, or my little sister to dance classes and art classes, and it was something like that for me."
Author: Mara Wilson
27. "I take my only exercise acting as a pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly."
Author: Mark Twain
28. "Acting can be a difficult business. When I was younger, if my mates were doing better than me, I might be a little bit envious, but as I have got older, I love to see actors cracking on and succeeding. The same goes for writers."
Author: Max Beesley
29. "Acting I'll do forever, but I want to produce and stuff as well."
Author: Michael B. Jordan
30. "I read. It's also nice for me to get involved in schoolwork, which is a totally different world than acting. It makes me feel like I am doing things that normal people are doing at my age."
Author: Monica Keena
31. "There was, he thought, an emotional truth here somewhere, and he could see now that his role-playing had a previously unsuspected artistic element to it. He was acting, yes, but in the noblest, most profound sense of the word. He wasn't a fraud. He was Robert De Niro."
Author: Nick Hornby
32. "For me, acting was a way of taking destructive energy and doing something productive with it, and in that way it was quite a life saver."
Author: Nicolas Cage
33. "What I love about acting is that you are exposed to so many different things. Horse-riding, sailing, travelling to amazing places."
Author: Nikolaj Coster Waldau
34. "Actually, the year anniversary of what you just heard, my son Grahame and I are going to be in a play together, and I'm acting for the first time in front of an audience that doesn't consist of a high school drama class."
Author: Phil Lesh
35. "Believe me, when an actress is told that her very name is synonymous with bad acting, she's had it."
Author: Piper Laurie
36. "When we fail or feel like a failure, we need to ask ourselves some questions: Did I do something wrong or make a bad decision that led to this failure? Am I acting independently of God? Is there anything I am not doing to fulfill a commitment I made? Did I pray about this or just do it because I wanted to? Was I responsible for the outcome? Did I overcommit myself in agreeing to do this? • Is God using this to refine my character?"
Author: Renee Swope
37. "…I've seen the world tell us with wars and real estate developments and bad politics and odd court decisions that our lives don't matter. That may be because we are too many. Architecture and application form, modern life says that with so many of us we can best survive by ignoring identity and acting as it individual differences do not exist. Maybe the narcissism academics condemn in creative writers is but a last reaching for a kind of personal survival. Anyway, as a sound psychoanalyst once remarked to me dryly, narcissism is difficult to avoid. When we are told in dozens of insidious ways that our lives don't matter, we may be forced to insist, often far too loudly, that they do."
Author: Richard Hugo
38. "In acting there's two different things: You're either pitching in a scene, or you're catching."
Author: Robin Tunney
39. "Life changed at 40 for me, as predicted by my acting teacher when I was leaving college. I became more hirable and more interesting... I'm not sure why."
Author: Roger Bart
40. "I did some plays in high school. Yes. Never took it that seriously. My parents, however, wanted me to go to college. My grades weren't exactly spectacular so they figured acting might be a necessary back door into some school."
Author: Samuel Witwer
41. "I like to get far away from myself when I'm acting."
Author: Saoirse Ronan
42. "You're always a kid around your parents… Unless they're acting like children. Then you don't get the chance."
Author: Sarah Dessen
43. "Something mystical can happen in the course of acting together that transcends words and ideologies--people who do not agree on ideas can create common ground in the act of loving."
Author: Shane Claiborne
44. "And I am saying, how about the other two branches? And putting the pressure on our representatives in the Senate and the Congress, and the court system. They should be counter-acting this corruption, but they are sitting there silent."
Author: Sibel Edmonds
45. "Again: there is nothing inherently superior about resistance. All our claims for the righteousness of resistance rest on the rightness of the claim that the resisters are acting in the name of justice. And the justice of the cause does not depend on, and is not enhanced by, the virtue of those who make the assertion. It depends first and last on the truth of a description of a state of affairs that is, truly, unjust and unnecessary."
Author: Susan Sontag
46. "I love the art of acting, so I don't care if I'm in a movie with 10 people, two people, or by myself. I just really enjoy it."
Author: Taraji P. Henson
47. "Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life."
Author: Thomas Merton
48. "I took a route of acting, rather than starmaking, so it cost me a lot financially."
Author: Vincent D'Onofrio
49. "One of the joys about acting is researching."
Author: William Sanderson
50. "Strangely, when I was a kid, my first acting job, at 5 years old, was a performance of 'The Three Little Pigs.' They cast me as the Big Bad Wolf."
Author: William Zabka

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