225 Acting Quotes to Inspire and Elevate Your Craft

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The Most Famous Acting Quotes (Best in 2024)

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I'm an assistant storyteller. It's like being a waiter or a gas-station attendant, but I'm waiting on six million people a week, if I'm lucky. On being an actor — Harrison Ford

Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it. — Laurence Olivier

I'm not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing. — Steve McQueen

To me, theater is the mecca; if you really love to act, that's where it's the most fun, by a long shot. — Scott Caan

Acting is happy agony. — Sir Alec Guinness

Don't know about a cabaret act right now, would actually prefer a role in a broadway musical. — Julia Barr

I love acting, especially if it's a fantasy of some kind, where it's not just realistic, it's not naturalism. — Gene Wilder

Acting is like sex: you either do it and don't talk about it, or you talk about it and don't do it. That's why I'm always suspicious of people who talk too much about either. — Humphrey Bogart

To me acting is like a jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw puzzle is of the sky and all the pieces are blue. Out of this you have to create a human being and put it together. — Henry Winkler

To me, acting is acting... I'd be happy working on a street corner in a mime troupe. — Kelly McGillis

Short Acting Quotes

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  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle
  • Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought. — Kwame Nkrumah
  • To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act. — Muammar al-Gaddafi
  • Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act. — George W. Crane
  • In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. — George Orwell
  • The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. — Kahlil Gibran
  • Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. — Ernest Hemingway
  • Do the right thing because it is right. — Immanuel Kant
  • God's grace and mercy have brought you through. Quit acting as if you made it on your own. — T. D. Jakes
  • No Act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop

Top 10 Acting Quotes

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought. — Kwame Nkrumah

Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. — Robert Baden-Powell

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. — Plato

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. — Albert Camus

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism. — Alexander Hamilton

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. — Leo Buscaglia

To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act. — Muammar al-Gaddafi

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Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act. — George W. Crane

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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. — George Orwell

Acting Image Quotes

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Acting quote by George W. Crane

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act. — George W. Crane

Acting quote by George Orwell

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. — George Orwell

Acting quote by Kahlil Gibran

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. — Kahlil Gibran

Acting quote by Immanuel Kant

Do the right thing because it is right. — Immanuel Kant

Acting quote by Aesop

No Act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop

Acting quote by Prince

Act your age, not your shoe size. — Prince

Acting quote by Simone de Beauvoir

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. — Simone de Beauvoir

Acting quote by Morgan Freeman

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. — Morgan Freeman

Acting quote by Dante Alighieri

Beauty awakens the soul to act. — Dante Alighieri

Acting quote by Meister Eckhart

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. — Meister Eckhart

Acting quote by Sanford Meisner

Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. — Sanford Meisner

Acting quote by Sinead O'Connor

People who express suicidal feelings are least likely to act on them. — Sinead O'Connor

Acting quote by Elizabeth Ann Seton

Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts. — Elizabeth Ann Seton

Acting quote by William James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. — William James

Acting quote by Sanford Meisner

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

Acting quote by Shaquille O'Neal

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. — Shaquille O'Neal

Acting quote by Coco Chanel

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. — Coco Chanel

Acting quote by Sanford Meisner

The truth of ourselves is the root of our acting. — Sanford Meisner

Acting quote by Ai Weiwei

A small act is worth a million thoughts. — Ai Weiwei

Acting quote by Carlos Castaneda

A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. — Carlos Castaneda

Acting quote Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it's
Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it's now or never.

Drama Acting Quotes

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When the drama of history is over, Jesus Christ will stand alone on the stage. All the great figures of history ... will realize that they have been but actors in a drama produced by another. — Helmut Thielicke

When I was a freshman in high school, my drama teacher, an incredible, inspirational genius, the guy who got me into acting, he encouraged me to get the lead in a musical. They didn't have any guys. — Casey Affleck

Action is always seen as the bottom rung of thespian endeavour, that's just the way it is. — Sylvester Stallone

Acting quote Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.

I went to drama school at NYU for serious acting. So I was doing Chekov and Sam Shepard plays. — Casey Wilson

Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance. — Michael Shurtleff

Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops. — George P. Baker

Acting quote There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them.
There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them.

An actor is looking for conflict. Conflict is what creates drama. We are taught to avoid trouble [so] actors don't realize they must go looking for it. Plays are written about...the extraordinary, the unusual, the climaxes. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance. — Michael Shurtleff

I got into acting my junior year of high school. We got a new hot drama teacher and I was like 'Alright, I'll try drama.' — Miles Teller

The offering up or cleaning up ego stuff is called purification. Purification is the act of letting go. This is done out of discriminative awareness. That is, you understand that you are an entity passing through a life in which the entire drama is an offering for your awakening. — Ram Dass

Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. — David Whyte

Over Acting Quotes

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There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. — Franz Kafka

We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and that the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping. — L. Neil Smith

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. — Alan Cohen

Acting quote Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.
Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.

What the Idaho Health Freedom Act says is that the citizens of our state won't be subject to another federal mandate or turn over another part of their life to government control. — Butch Otter

A total of 1,580 people, the civilian population, suffered as a result of the bloody wave of terrorist acts that swept over Moscow and other towns and villages of our country. — Boris Yeltsin

The Government Securities Act gave the Treasury Department some rulemaking authority over all government securities brokers and dealers. — Jerome Powell

Acting quote We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

I definitely think the formula to making my character seem sweet is to let him act like a jerk, give him a redeeming moment, and have a sweet song playing over the background when it happens. — Jim Jefferies

Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good. — Marcus Aurelius

I would expect, going to Hell, being surrounded by people that look and act like this guy - Sir Jimmy Savile. Obviously psychopathic eyes. If you saw this guy at the playground you would call the police. Just flaming scumbag. Just over the top, out of control, degenerate demon. — Alex Jones

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. — Wayne Dyer

Good Acting Quotes

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Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes hollow. — Alan Turing

Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude - an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God. — Arthur W. Pink

That best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. — William Wordsworth

Acting quote Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

The time has come to reclaim the stolen harvest and celebrate the growing and giving of good food as the highest gift and the most revolutionary act. — Vandana Shiva

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Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. — Meister Eckhart

One beautiful diamond is worth more than a mountain of stones, and one virtuous act of acquiescence and submission is better than an abundance of good works done for others. — Vincent de Paul

Acting quote Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should n
Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.

I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world. — Misha Collins

There are six stages to knowledge: Firstly: Asking questions in a good manner. Secondly: Remaining quiet and listening attentively. Thirdly: Understanding well. Fourthly: Memorising. Fifthly: Teaching. Sixthly- and it is its fruit: Acting upon the knowledge and keeping to its limits. — Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

The best portion of a good man's life is in his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. — William Wordsworth

People will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

Fake Acting Quotes

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Sincerity is the most important thing in acting. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. — Unknown Author

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. — George Burns

Just be truthful - and if you can fake that, you've got it made. — Barbara Stanwyck

Acting quote Carry out a randon act of kindness, with no expectations of reward, safe in the
Carry out a randon act of kindness, with no expectations of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

Speaking of Oscars, I would win overwhelmingly if the Academy gave an Oscar for faking orgasms. I have done some of my best acting convincing my partners I was in the throes of ecstasy. — Marilyn Monroe

Faked enthusiasm is worse than bad acting - it is bad acting with the intent to deceive. — Bo Bennett

That's basically the gangster code. Just be yourself. Just be you, dog. The easiest way to get your card plucked around a gangster is to be a fake. If we feel like you're trying too hard, if you're trying to act like you're from the street, you're in trouble. — Ice T

Acting quote Dream Big. Start small. Act now.
Dream Big. Start small. Act now.

I'm disappointed in acting as a craft. I want everything to go back to Orson Welles and fake noses and changing your voice. It's become so much about personality. — Skeet Ulrich

The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. — George Burns

So for me having that element of being able to be competitive wasn't a problem. I'm very competitive. I thought if I could skate first, acting would come second. I could say my lines and then go do what I was saying. You don't have to fake it, you're not really acting. — John Robinson

I'm only 13, so I can't say "life experiences." So, basically, I had to... act! I had to make up character that is very old. I guess that's why they call it acting - you do draw from some stuff in your life, I guess, but it's not real life. You have to fake it. — Chloe Grace Moretz

Voice Acting Quotes

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Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. — Haile Selassie

Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician's ear: 'You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you.' — Wendy McElroy

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. — Katherine Mansfield

Acting quote Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Act as if it were impossible to fail.

Acting is the art of speaking in a loud, clear voice and the avoidance of bumping into the furniture. — Alfred Lunt

For minority actors, developing our own projects has to be the eventual path. We have a lot of stories to tell and a really unique voice. But none of that is going to be heard as long as we're just the hired hands, acting. — Jimmy Smits

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing! — Pat Riley

Acting quote Decide what you want, and then act as if it were impossible to fail.
Decide what you want, and then act as if it were impossible to fail.

When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part. — Charles Stanley

The happiness of life may be greatly increased by small courtesies in which there is no parade, whose voice is too still to tease, and which manifest themselves by tender and affectionate looks, and little kind acts of attention. — Laurence Sterne

The act of giving voice to this spiritual suffering is, in my view, the sacred duty of the writer. — Mo Yan

Risk! Risk Anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those other voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. — Katherine Mansfield

Stop Acting Quotes

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Life never stops. The torment of men will be eternal, unless the function of creating and acting and changing, living intensely through each day, be considered an eternal joy. — Le Corbusier

Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty. — Chief Joseph

People always tell me I'm the complete opposite of Chief Keef and act like I'm supposed to stop him from making his music. But I like Chief Keef, so it's always super awkward. I just make music I like. — Chance the Rapper

If you don't like your situation in life, don't fret or worry--do something about it. Worry less, and act more. — Zig Ziglar

Stop being a supporting player in the movie that is your life. Become the movie star. This is a hero's journey you have embarked upon. It's high time you start acting like it. — Rich Roll

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. — Nicolas Chamfort

One of my big goals professionally is to get more leaders to stop acting on intuition and experience and instead be data-driven. — Adam Grant

When I was 13, I told Henry Winkler I wanted to act. He said, Do it and don't let anyone stand in your way. His validation just made it all the more true. I haven't stopped thanking him since. — Marlee Matlin

Expectations are not based on reality. They are observations, expected realities, or beliefs of what you think will happen. Expectations of others stop us from acting as our highest selves and reaching our full potential. — Jay Shetty

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. — Rumi

Life Is Acting Quotes

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Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way. — Fulton J. Sheen

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. — Maya Angelou

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. — Sivananda

Life is short and the time of death is uncertain; so apply yourself to meditation. Avoid doing evil, and acquire merit, to the best of your ability, even at the cost of life itself. In short: Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourselves and hold fast to this rule. — Milarepa

The honor of a nation is its life. Deliberately to abandon it is to commit an act of political suicide. — Alexander Hamilton

The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. — Colin Powell

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. — Nelson Mandela

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. — Albert Einstein

Art alone makes life possible - this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms... Even the act of peeling a potato can be an artistic act if it is consciously done. — Joseph Beuys

If we truly think of Christ as our source of holiness, we shall refrain from anything wicked or impure in thought or act and thus show ourselves to be worthy bearers of his name. For the quality of holiness is shown not by what we say but by what we do in life. — Gregory of Nyssa

Everyone Is Acting Quotes

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Freedom is what everyone wants - to be able to act and live with freedom. But the only way to get to a place of freedom is through discipline. — Jocko Willink

The only person who acts sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measure anew every time he sees me. Everyone else goes by their old measurements. — George Bernard Shaw

Helping people, moreover those coming from where you grew up, this is the most important. Not everyone can succeed, but at least you can to act for them. — Kylian Mbappe

A plan that everyone dislikes for different reasons is a success. A plan everyone dislikes for the same reason is a failure. A plan that everyone likes for the same reason is an act of God! — Richard Carson

Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. Everyone has bad stretches and real successes. Either way, you have to be careful not to lose your confidence or get too confident. — Nancy Kerrigan

Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past. — Brian Tracy

It's always a bit overwhelming when you arrive on set and everyone's new, but you soon become a big family. I find the hardest thing about acting is that you have to say goodbye to everyone at the end of a shoot. — Nicholas Hoult

When everyone is moving towards depravity, no one seems to be moving, but if someone stops he shows up the others who are rushing on, by acting as a fixed point. — Blaise Pascal

The greatest gift an actor can have is not revealing who he is but through the parts he plays. Unfortunately, we live in a world where everyone wants to know everything all the time and I think it takes away part of the fun of acting that we have to go through that all the time. — Jude Law

Everyone is interesting. Everyone has something unexpected to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other. — Meryl Streep

Acting Out Quotes

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The revolution and women's liberation go together. We do not talk of women's emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph. Women hold up the other half of the sky. — Thomas Sankara

Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best. — Marva Collins

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. — Mahatma Gandhi

It’s time to put away our fairytales, all of them, and assume our responsibilities, the adult responsibilities that begin with adult knowledge. Our planet needs us. She needs us to think like healers and act like warriors. And if you think that’s a contradiction, then get out of the way. — Lierre Keith

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. — Amelia Earhart

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. — Princess of Wales Diana

Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says, "I can clean that if you want." And from the basin of his grace, he scoops a palm full of mercy and washes away our sin. — Max Lucado

Sometimes I feel as if we are all trapped in a movie. We know our lines, where to walk, how to act, only there is no camera. Yet, we can't break out of the movie. And it's a bad one. — Charles Bukowski

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To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior. — Maxwell Maltz

They wanna hang us, see us dead, or enslave us, keep us trapped in the same place we raised in. Then they wonder why we act so outrageous, run around stressed out and pull out gauges. — Dr. Dre

Acting As If Quotes

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Whenever you can, act as a liberator. Freedom, dignity, wealth - these three together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die. — Cyrus the Great

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. — Thomas Jefferson

We spoke and acted as if, given the opportunity for self-government, we would quickly create utopias. Instead injustice, even tyranny, is rampant. — Julius Nyerere

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. — Victor Frankl

Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you. — Ignatius of Loyola

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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. — William James

You have considerable power to construct self-helping thoughts, feelings and actions as well as to construct self-defeating behaviors. You have the ability, if you use it, to choose healthy instead of unhealthy thinking, feeling and acting. — Albert Ellis

If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, an ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned. — Ayatollah Khomeini

If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, an ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned. — Ruhollah Khomeini

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old, fearful person will fade away. — William Glasser

Acting Now Quotes

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We are now all Pakistanis — not Baluchis, Pathans, Sindhis, Bengalis, Punjabis and so on — and as Pakistanis, we must feet behave and act, and we should be proud to be known as Pakistanis and nothing else. — Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. — Simone de Beauvoir

The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart. — Chinua Achebe

Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds. — David Deida

When Jesus sees a heart that can't wait, He cant wait either. At the wedding at Cana, Jesus may have done nothing if it wasn't for Mary's faith. How many situations are we in now that God won't act without our faith? — Reinhard Bonnke

The way I saw it was, if I had the built-in following and the audience, but I also had the skill set of acting, that would shoot me to the top. Because there's so many good actors. There's so many good-looking people. But the X factor now is social media. — Jake Paul

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. — Sai Baba

O God and Lord, now the council condemns even Your own act and Your own law as heresy, since You Yourself did lay Your cause before Your Father as the just judge, as an example for us, whenever we are sorely oppressed. — Jan Hus

Your reactions, whether positive or negative, are creative of future circumstances. In your imagination, you can hear words congratulating you on getting a wonderful new job. That imaginal act now goes forward and you will encounter this pleasant experience in the future. — Neville Goddard

The new science of aging says the process starts ticking even before you're 20. So don't wait to live a lifestyle that slows aging. Act now. — David Sinclair

Acting Together Quotes

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People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

God is not in love with some future version of you. It’s not you tomorrow that He loves and delights in. It’s not you when you get your act together....If you believe that Christ’s love for you is a future love for you, then you dismiss the cross of Christ. — Matt Chandler

Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them. — Nikola Tesla

I learned again and again in my life, until you get your own act together, you’re not ready for Big Love. What you’re ready for is one of those codependent relationships where you desperately need a partner. — Bruce H. Lipton

If We allow Slaves, we act against the very Principles by which we associated together, which was to relieve the distressed. — James Oglethorpe

We need to have a paradigm shift in our consciousness. If we don't get our act together and come in commonality and understanding with the organisms that sustain us today, not only will we destroy those organisms, but we will destroy ourselves. — Paul Stamets

People don't need Christians to act like we always have it together. People need us to be real! What kind of healing would come if we all just got real before God and others? — Beth Moore

If we put together all that we have learned from anthropology and ethnography about primitive men and primitive society, we perceive that the first task of life is to live. Men begin with acts, not with thoughts. — William Graham Sumner

Are you suggesting that the gods have trouble acting together, young lady?" Dionysus asked. Yes, Lord Dionysus." Mr. D nodded. "Just checking. You're right, of course. Carry on. — Rick Riordan

Despite our differences, we are all in this together. No act of kindness or compassion goes unnoticed. To change the world, take compassionate action within your immediate sphere of influence. To change yourself, start by being still and making time just to listen. — Edmund Bourne

Theatre Acting Quotes

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Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you. — Constantin Stanislavski

I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space, whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged. — Peter Brook

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Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. — Sanford Meisner

Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it. — Constantin Stanislavski

You can't learn to act unless you're criticized. If you tie that criticism to your childhood insecurities you'll have a terrible time. Instead, you must take criticism objectively, pertaining it only to the work being done. — Sanford Meisner

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

Acting quote

The truth of ourselves is the root of our acting. — Sanford Meisner

An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so he must be willing to accept all experiences that life can offer. — Marlon Brando

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Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. — Constantin Stanislavski

In the theatre we reach out and touch the past through literature, history and memory so that we might receive and relive significant and relevant human qualities in the present and then pass them on to future generations. — Anne Bogart

Bad Acting Quotes

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Rate your individual acts as good or bad, if you like. Seek to perform as many good ones, and as few bad ones, as possible. — Oliver Burkeman

Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow. — Kurt Vonnegut

I agree that it is not just the extremists who harbor bad thoughts or engage in bad acts, but they are usually the source of the polarization and try to keep education and communication of the main stream from moving forward. — Joichi Ito

Looking back, I've learned the most from the bad coaches, really, how not to act, how not to coach, how not to treat people. So I always say no matter what situations you're faced with, how bad it is, you can always walk away and learn. You can always rise above it. — Jennie Finch

The argument that 'boys will be boys' actually carries the profoundly anti-male implication that we should expect bad behavior from boys and men. The assumption is that they are somehow not capable of acting appropriately, or treating girls and women with respect. — Jackson Katz

If parents wish to preserve childhood for their own children, they must conceive of parenting as an act of rebellion against culture — Neil Postman

For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through man's acts it is disturbed. — Christmas Humphreys

I just let the work speak for itself. An actor is not afraid to take risks; to put on different hats; to be a good guy, a bad guy, a victim, an abuser. There are all kinds of people in the world, and playing them is what acting is all about. — Kevin Bacon

Good men and bad men alike are capable of weakness. The difference is simply that a bad man will be proud all his life of one good deed - while an honest man is hardly aware of his good acts, but remembers a single sin for years on end. — Vasily Grossman

I started my career giving a clinic in bad acting in the film, "The Silver Chalice," and now I'm playing a crusty old man who's an animated automobile [in "Cars"]. That's a creative arc for you, isn't it? — Paul Newman

Actors And Acting Quotes

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The inner life of the [imagination], and not the personal and tiny experiential resources of the actor, should be elaborated on the stage and shown to the audience. This life is rich and revealing for the audience as well as for the actor himself. — Michael Chekhov

Work for the actor lies essentially in two areas: the ability to consistently create reality and the ability to express that reality. — Lee Strasberg

Acting in a scene is like paddling a canoe from a pebbly beach on to the river, the writer builds the canoe, and the actor provides the river. The river is the actor's thoughts and emotions. — Sanford Meisner

One of the things I like about my profession, and that I find healthy, is that one constantly has to break oneself to pieces. — Liv Ullmann

Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest. — Kate Winslet

The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence. Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer. — Rachel Bloom

I always wanted to be an actor, but with a speech impediment it's kind of tough. I decided to roll the dice and take an acting class, which was very, very nerve-wracking... my stomach would just be in knots. — Nicholas Brendon

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

I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, nor would I do a soap opera -- both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving. — Kevin Kline

There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things. — Tim Robbins

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More Acting Quotes

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Acting quote by William Blake

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. — William Blake

Acting quote by Rosa Luxemburg

The most revolutionary act is a clear view of the world as it really is. — Rosa Luxemburg

Acting quote by Teresa of Avila

Prayer is an act of love. Words are not needed. — Teresa of Avila

Acting quote by Immanuel Kant

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law. — Immanuel Kant

Acting quote by Ashleigh Brilliant

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most. — Ashleigh Brilliant

Acting quote by Amilcar Cabral

National liberation is necessarily an act of culture — Amilcar Cabral

Acting quote by Barbara Sher

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act. — Barbara Sher

Acting quote by William Blake

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. — William Blake

Acting quote by Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch. — Leo Buscaglia

Acting quote by Laverne Cox

When a trans woman gets called a man, that is an act of violence. — Laverne Cox

Acting quote by Maria Grazia Cucinotta

I took acting and elocution lessons, to get rid of my Sicilian accent. — Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Acting quote by Stefan Sagmeister

Complaining is silly. Either act or forget. — Stefan Sagmeister

Acting quote by Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop

Acting quote by Audrey Hepburn

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. — Audrey Hepburn

Acting quote by Gary Cooper

In Westerns you were permitted to kiss your horse but never your girl. — Gary Cooper

Acting quote by Howard Zinn

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. — Howard Zinn

Acting quote by Jean-Paul Sartre

We must act out passion before we can feel it. — Jean-Paul Sartre

Acting quote by Alfred Kinsey

The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform. — Alfred Kinsey

Acting quote by William Blake

The most sublime act is to set another before you. — William Blake

Acting quote by Rick Kaplan

Wearing a bow tie is a statement. Almost an act of defiance. — Rick Kaplan

Acting quote by George Bernard Shaw

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. — George Bernard Shaw

Acting quote by Lily Tomlin

For fast-acting relief try slowing down. — Lily Tomlin

In Conclusion

Acting quotes often emphasize the importance of authenticity, encouraging actors to tap into their emotions and portray characters truthfully. They highlight the significance of vulnerability and the ability to convey genuine emotions, enabling actors to connect with their audience on a deeper level. These quotes also underscore the dedication and hard work required in acting, reminding actors to constantly strive for improvement and never settle for mediocrity.

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