We all come to the theater with baggage; The baggage of our daily lives, the baggage of our problems, the baggage of our tragedies, the baggage of being tired. It doesn't matter what age you are. But if our hearts get opened and released - well, that's what theater can do, and does sometimes, and everyone is thankful when that happens.

— Vanessa Redgrave

The most killer Vanessa Redgrave quotes to get the best of your day

The people I admire most are those who struggle for everyone.


A conservative frame of mind is very limiting for an actor, and a human being, too.


I think the theatre is as essential to civilization as safe, pure water.


The arts stop society going rotten and mad.


Theater helps people keep sane.


I've opened my mouth on a lot of subjects.

And I thought the more prestige you get, I'd have the power to do what I like. It's not true.


We will always want films ... that basically are centred on young people, because young people is the way we live on, we older people, insofar as we live on.


I was surprised when I was asked to play Miss Daisy and wondered if I could - only in part because she was Jewish but, also because she was a Southern woman who has hardly opened her mouth before she declares she's not prejudiced, and yet everything she does shows how totally prejudiced she is.


The stage is actor's country. You have to get your passport stamped every so often or they take away your citizenship.


What I didn't understand was that the personal and the political go together.

I felt at the time I had to sacrifice my children's present for their future. It seemed an either/or. I didn't realise that by being with one's own children I would have had a better understanding of the ones who are not my own. I was thinking of them but I didn't spend the time that they needed from me. It's a tribute to them that they came out so well.


As a mother you have got to have a view for now and a view for the future.


Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.


About Vanessa Redgrave

Quotes 20 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Actress
Birthday October 16

Ask the right questions if you're to find the right answers.


You can't be striving to please; you must be striving to get to the heart of the matter.


Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living.


The society Shakespeare knew was heading for tremendous change, and he seems to have recognized that and written about it in a coded way. I understand those codes, I think.


Shakespeare lets us see real people undergoing real processes, with real feelings.


A theater is being given over to market forces, which means that a whole generation that should be able to do theater as well as see it is being completely deprived.


I give myself to my parts as to a lover.