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  1. To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
    Marlon Brando 1924–2004 American actor: David Shipman Marlon Brando (1974)
  2. Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture.
    advice on acting
    Noël Coward 1899–1973 English dramatist, actor, and composer: D. Richards The Wit of Noël Coward (1968)
  3. Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
    Laurence Olivier 1907–89 English actor and director: in Time 3 July 1978
  4. Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.
    Ralph Richardson 1902–83 English actor: in New York Herald Tribune 19 May 1946
  5. Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Hamlet (1601) act 3, sc. 2, l. [19] (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)