Acting Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Acting quotes and Acting sayings, and Acting proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Usually in a battle sequence when a bomb is going off, you forget you’re acting."

Charlie Sheen

"Acting engenders and harbours qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence. "

Carrie Fisher

"I didn’t really get comfortable until I got to UCLA, and I had to take an acting course because I was studying theater arts. "

Carol Burnett

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. "

Carl Jung

"Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly."

Rosalind Russell

"Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there."

Meryl Streep

"As always, with acting, you can’t be too self-conscious. You shouldn’t care about what people are thinking about you at the time because they’re not caring about you, they’re caring about the character."

Freddie Highmore

"Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant."

Glenda Jackson

"I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules."

Charlotte Whitton

"I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us."

Nancy Reagan

"Acting doesn’t bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it."

Marguerite Duras

"Acting is a matter of giving away secrets."

Ellen Barkin

"Acting is a spiritual quest to touch human beings."

Larry Moss

"Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You’re never as good as you’d like to be. So there’s always something to hope for."

Washington Irving

"Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life."

George Eliot

"Acting is happy agony."

Jean-Paul Sartre

"Acting is a sport. On stage you must be ready to move like a tennis player on his toes. Your concentration must be keen, your reflexes sharp; your body and mind are in top gear, the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre people pay to see energy."

Clive Swift

"Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience."

Paul Newman

"Great acting is not easy; anyone who says it is is either shallow or a charlatan. And one of the hardest things about acting is admitting that it is hard"

Robert Cohen

"Acting is half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself."

John Gielgud

"Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion."

Kate Reid

"Film acting is one of the only industries where you’re criticized for working hard. In any other industry, it’s considered a quality and something to behold."

Nicolas Cage

"Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you’re someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself."

Katharine Hepburn

"People acting in their own self-interest is the fuel for all the discovery, innovation, and prosperity that powers the world."

John Stossel

"Acting is not about being famous, it’s about exploring the human soul."

Annette Bening

"Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on."

River Phoenix

"Acting is always a challenge."

Robert Downey

"Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we’re acting. Most people do it all day long."

Marlon Brando

"Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made."

George Burns

"Acting is a marvelous profession … If you can spend enough time playing other people, you don’t have to think too much about your own character and motivations."

Dean Koontz

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