- Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
- JOHANN GUSTAV VON GOETHE
- Art is first of all an act of destruction. It is the lie that tells the truth.
- PABLO PICASSO
- Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice.
- WILLIAM FAULKNER
- …to be an artist is to fail as no other dare fail…Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- SAMUEL BECKETT
- I believe that an artist is nothing other than a receptacle of grace, the tool of a higher force, a force which is not to be found outside ourselves but which governs us from within and compels us to serve.
- ALFRED WOLFSON
- Do not just invent something, but make something out of reality.
- THOMAS MANN
- I trust in inspiration, which sometimes comes and sometimes doesn’t. But I don’t sit back waiting for it. I work every day.
- ALBERTO MORAVIA
- It’s OK to steal, just never steal from yourself.
- ORSON WELLES
- The soul desires to dwell with the body because without the members of the body it can neither act nor feel.
- LEONARDO DA VINCI
- We do not possess memory, our entire body is memory.
- JERZY GROTOWSKI
- Because you have a body you don’t need transitions.
- HEINER MULLER
- Move the mind a hundred percent and move the body seventy percent
- We feel sorry because we cry, angry because we strike, and afraid because we run.
- WILLIAM JAMES
- The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
- F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
- Non-action does not mean doing nothing and keeping silent. Let everything be allowed to do what it naturally does, so that its nature will be satisfied
- CHUANG TZU
- No Manifesto No to spectacle no to virtuosity no to transformations and magic and make believe no to glamour and transcendency of the star image no to
the heroic no to the anti-heroic no to trash imagery no to involvement of performer or spectator no to style no to camp no to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer no to eccentricity no to moving or being moved.
- YVONNE RAINER
- If you’ve got a crush on the theatre or a great desire, be wary. You have to need to be an actor.
If it’s just a desire, a want, a love- that’s not enough. You have to need.
- Sir Derek Jacobi
- Any time an actor thinks he is merely exercising or training his muscles, he is cheating himself. These are acting disciplines. Every instant of every discipline, the actor must be expressing the emotion of some situation.
- SUZUKI TADASHI
- The actor must become an acrobat of the heart.
- ANTONIN ARTAUD
- … and it’s not a metaphor.
- WENDELL BEAVERS (in response to Artaud)
- Freshness, beauty, a pleasant broad face, red lips, beautiful teeth, a neck round as a bracelet, beautifully formed hands,
graceful build, powerful hips, charm, grace, dignity, nobility, pride, not to speak of a quality of talent.
- Demands for the Actor in Ancient India
- The process of being a performer is ecstasy.
- RICHARD SCHECHNER
- What we usually call “developing one’s talent” is often nothing more than freeing it from influences.
- MICHAEL CHEKHOV
- Ceremonies are the outward expression of inward feeling.
- Lao Tzu
- Theatre is a weapon. For that reason it must be fought for.
- AUGUSTO BOAL
- Nothing in theatre has any meaning before or after. Meaning is now.
- PETER BROOK
- The purpose of art is to prepare us for death.
- ANDREI TARKOVSKY
- The theater is a humble materialist enterprise which seeks to produce riches of the imagination, not the other way around. The theater is an event, not an object. Theatre workers need not blush and conceal their desperate struggle to pay the landlords their rents. Theater without the stink of art.
- CHARLES LUDLAM
- The theatre is traditionally where people go to hear the truth.
- DAVID MAMET
- This is the poetry we are seeking, corroded as if by acid, by the labors of man’s hand, pervaded by sweat and smoke, reeking of urine and of lilies soiled by diverse professions in and outside the law.
- PABLO NERUDA
- Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.
- BERTOLT BRECHT
- Unless an actor is satisfied to be a parrot or a monkey he must master our period's knowledge of human social life by himself joining the war of the classes.
- BERTOLT BRECHT