Best Acting Quotes


The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen. W H Auden

An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words. Sanford Meisner

The best acting is instinctive. It's not intellectual, it's not mechanical, it's instinctive. Craig MacDonald

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

If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. Jack Lemmon

Find in yourself those human things which are universal. Sanford Meisner

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

The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself. Michael Shurtleff

Honesty isn't enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what you're doing is real and it's also bigger than life - that's exciting. Gene Hackman

You're your first best audience, long before anybody else hears you. So don't be an easy audience. Keep asking for more. Michael Caine

An actor is at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents. Alec Guinness

Acting is a matter of giving away secrets. Ellen Barkin

When becoming a character, you have to steal. Steal whatever you see. You can even steal from other actors' characterizations; but if you do, only steal from the best. Michael Caine

The best actors do not let the wheels show. Milan Kundera

I'm trying to find myself as a person, sometimes that's not easy to do. Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do. The best way for me to find myself as a person is to prove to myself that I am an actress. Marilyn Monroe

Acting is the perfect idiot's profession. Katharine Hepburn

We become actors without realizing it, and actors without wanting to. Henri Frederic Amiel

The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event. Ethel Barrymore

I think the best acting is when you allow yourself to be kind of vulnerable in the moment. Michael Sheen

It's bad writing, however naturalistic it's written, that's where you have to do your best acting. Adam Brody



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