Theatre Quotes

Words to the Wise
Quotations from a wide range of theatrical perspectives

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Acting

Actors are the only honest hypocrites.

William Hazlitt
Acting

Talent is an amalgam of high sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting intensely); a vivid imagination as well as a grip on reality; the desire to communicate one's own experience and sensations, to make one's self heard and seen.

Uta Hagen
Acting

Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness.

Helen Hayes
Acting, Directing, General, Playwriting

The only way to see the value of a play is to see it acted.

Voltaire
General

It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships that they give credibility to the opinions they attack.

Voltaire
General, Playwriting

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

Oscar Wilde
Acting

Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.

Helen Hayes
Directing, Shakespeare

The play loses a great deal of its meaning if it is robbed of a magic which springs, not from the glittering tip of a department-store wand, but from the earth, the stones, the very air of the wood; and a magic which is not merely pretty but dark and dangerous. [said of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tyrone Guthrie
Acting

Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.

Ellen Barkin
Acting

The worst constructed play is a Bach fugue when compared to life.

Helen Hayes

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