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that acting it hardly the occupation of an adult. – Laurence Olivier, 1970

Acting – the ability to keep an audience from coughing. – Ralph Richardson Observer, 1947

Acting is like roller skating – once you know how to do it, it is neither stimulating nor exciting. – George Sanders quoted in J. Green, A Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations, 1982

Highly paid casual labour of the most casual sort. – George Bernard Shaw


The aim of an actor should not be the part, but the whole. – Peggy Ashcroft, 1961

A good French actor is merely a French barrister who has missed his vocation. – Arnold Bennett Journals 1896–1928

An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow. – Edwin Booth

An actor is a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening. – Marlon Brando Observer, 1956

Shouting in the evening. – Patrick Troughton (definition of acting)

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. – Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman. – Richard Burton

The better the actor the more stupid he is. – Truman Capote

Acting is like painting pictures on bathroom tissues. Ten minutes later you throw them away and they are gone. – Shelley Winters The Saturday Evening Post, 1962

They are a race apart, doomed to go through life pretending to be someone else. – R. F. Delderfield

He speaks all his words


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