Theatre Quotes

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

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Acting, Directing, General, Playwriting

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


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


Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much.

John Wayne Friendly Advice by Jon Winokur
General, Management

The artistic director gratifies his special need to relate to people in a highly accentuated paternalistic and maternalistic fashion.

Philip Weissman The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips
Acting, Directing

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.

Orson Welles

It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say but how I say it - and how I look when I do and say it.

Mae West
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, Directing, General

The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.

Oscar Wilde

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.

Oscar Wilde

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

Oscar Wilde


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