When I read 'Be real, don't get caught acting,' I thought, 'How the hell do you do that?' (Billy Connolly 1942 : John Miller Judi Dench : With a Crack in Her Voice - 1998)
Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture. (advice on acting : Noel Coward : 1899-1973 : D. Richards The Wit of Noel Coward : 1968)
Playing our parts. Yes, we all have to do that and from childhood on, I have found that my own character has been much harder to play worthily and far harder at times to comprehend than any of the roles I have portrayed. (Bette Davis 1908-89 : in New York Herald Tribune : 22 July 1956)
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult. (Laurence Olivier : 1907-89: Time : 3 July 1978)
Acting is pretending to be someone else. (Anna Paquin : 1982 : Guardian : 24 January 1997)
Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing. (Ralph Richardson 1902-83 : New York Herald Tribune : 19 May 1946)
Be not too tame neither.
But let your own discretion be your tutor.
Suit the action to the word and 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 : Hamlet : 1601)
They say an actor is only as good as his parts. Well, my parts have done me pretty well, darling. (Barbara Windsor : 1937 : The Times : 13 February 1999)