Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.— Stella Adler
The most memorable Stella Adler quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
The word theatre comes from the Greeks.
It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.
When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art remind you that you have one.
You have to do something. If you do something, you become somebody. Even a daffodil does something, has a profession. It gives off scent, professionally.
You'll begin to act when you can forget your technique - when it is so securely inside you that you need not call upon it consciously.
Actors need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force.
Don't be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you.
Happy children should not try to be artists.
You have to be born with a broken heart and a sense of loneliness inside. I never had a happy moment as a child myself.
It's not enough to have talent. You have to have a talent for your talent.
One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical.
We're not scientists. We don't always have to make the logical, reasonable leap.
In life, as on the stage, it's not who I am but what I do that's the measure of my worth and the secret of my success. All the rest is showiness, arrogance and conceit.
Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.
The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place.
You'll never really be great unless you aim high.
The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.
The theatre-acting, creating, interpreting - means total involvement, the totality of heart, mind and spirit.
An addict is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.
The actor must be full of passion. If he's too cool he's better off as the manager of a company, not someone who appears on the stage.
The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors.
Our heritage as actors goes back thousands of years, and we have to feel as comfortable in the clothes, and the language of Sophocles as we do in our sneakers.
You cannot afford to confine your studies to the classroom.
The universe and all of history is your classroom.
The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one
When you most succeed, you do so by seeming not to act at all.
The best author is a dead author, because he's out of your way and you own the play. Take what he has given you and use it for what you need.
If you can't take both sides, it means you can only play yourself.
Today the influences of your society pressure you to be successful before your time. They are pulling you down. They have pulled you down, you big, sweet, magnificent, young, potential artists. They have pulled you down so far that you are on the verge of destruction. Only you don't know it because you want to be a success
You act with your soul. That's why you all want to be actors, because your souls are not used up by life.
Tell yourself that the world is outside, that it's not to be hidden from you, that you are going to thrust yourself forward and be relaxed in the world. You have chosen a field where you're going to be hurt to the blood. But to retreat from the pain is death
Life in the theatre isn't necessarily when you get money from performing.
It isn't when you sign a contract. It isn't even when you are in a play. It's when you understand it. If you understand it, you'll know why you want to act.
The play is not in the words, it's in you!
You will only fail to learn if you do not learn from failing.
The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.
It's not important to know who you are.
It's important to know what you do, and then to do it like hercules!
I would live in a communist country providing I was the Queen.
By taking elements you observe in life, you can develop qualities in your acting life that you don't ordinarily call upon in your personal life.
Life is boring. The weather is boring. Actors must not be boring.
Acting is in everything but the words.
You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.
Your talent is in your choice.
You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.
The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings. The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors.
Emotions aren't doable. Actions are doable, and if you do them correctly, they prompt the feelings.
The only excuse for not coming to a class or a performance is death.
No actor is a success unless he feels inside himself, as long as he lives, that he is good.
Your curse is that you have chosen a form that requires endless study .
... It means you have to read, you have to observe, you have to think, so that when you turn your imagination on, it has the fuel to do its job.
The ultimate aim of the training is to create an actor who can be responsible for his artistic development and achievement.
Growth as an actor and as a human being are synonymous.
To grow: that is your deepest and truest need when you say, 'I want to be an actor.'
Your job as actors is to understand the size of what you say, to understand what's beneath the word.
A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.