Theatre and Art Quotes

We have not the time to take our time.- Eugene Ionesco
I confess, I do not believe in time.- Vladimir Nabokov
Theatre can’t be done again and again and again and again – it’s organic.- Kim Cattrall
With theatre, you have to be ready for anything.- Willem Dafoe
Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.- Constantin Stanislavski
I think there is no world without theatre.- Edward Bond
Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.- Boris Pasternak
The body says what words cannot- Martha Graham
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.- Pablo Picasso
To be an actor you have to be a child.- Paul Newman
An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.- Michael Chekhov
If you want to work on your art, work on your life.- Anton Chekhov
Movements are as eloquent as words.- Isadora Duncan
If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.- Isadora Duncan
Any woman or man who would write the truth of their lives would write a great work. But no one has dared.- Isadora Duncan
I have given them the most secret impulses of my soul. From the first I have only danced my life.- Isadora Duncan
For once you must try not to shirk the facts: Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.- Bertolt Brecht
He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.- Bertolt Brecht
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.- Bertolt Brecht
Theatre demands different muscles and different aspects of one’s personality.- Victor Garber
The theatre is a tragic place, full of endings and partings and heartbreak.- Iris Murdoch
In theatre, the main objective is to make the art happy, not the audience!- Mehmet Murat Ildan
All life is theatre,’ he said. ‘We are all actors, you and I, in a play which nobody wrote and which nobody will see.- Susan Cooper
An actor must never be afraid to make a fool of himself.- Harvey Cocks
We’re actors — we’re the opposite of people!- Tom Stoppard
Each action of the actor on the stage should be the visible concomitant of his thoughts.- Sarah Bernhardt
That’s great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh.- Bertolt Brecht
Drama lies in extreme exaggeration of the feelings, an exaggeration that dislocates flat everyday reality.- Eugene Ionesco
Acting is standing up naked and turning around slowly.- Rosalind Russell
Tommorow is like today, just happens tomorrow- Slawomir Mrozek
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales- Albert Einstein
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.- Oscar Wilde
The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.- Stella Adler
The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.- Sam Rayburn
Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor’s art infinite.- Ellen Terry
An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease- Michael Chekhov
A man with a soul is not like every other man.- Eugene Ionesco
We have not the time to take our time.- Eugene Ionesco
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.- Eugene Ionesco
Drama lies in extreme exaggeration of the feelings, an exaggeration that dislocates flat everyday reality.- Eugene Ionesco
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.- W. R. Inge
You need three things in the theater – the play, the actors and the audience, – and each must give something- Kenneth Haigh
Actors are the only honest hypocrites.- William Hazlitt
I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.- Frank Capra
The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life.- Arthur Miller
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.- Samuel Beckett
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.- Maya Angelou
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.- Emile Zola
Art, especially the stage, is an area where it is impossible to walk without stumbling.- Anton Chekhov
Art is not a copy of the real world. One of the damn things is enough- Virginia Woolf
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.- Oscar Wilde
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.- Pablo Picasso
The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
I am a nationalist… my native soil is the theatre.- Cyril Cusack
What I love about theatre is that it disappears as it happens.- Lusia Strus
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.- Scott Adams
Art is the daughter of freedom.- Friedrich Schiller
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.- Konstantin Stanislavisky
There is nothing new in art except talent.- Anton Chekhov
The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.- Sarah Bernhardt
To find a form that accomodates the mess that is the task of the artist now- Samuel Beckett
A work of art is above all adventure of the mind.- Eugène Ionesco
“What is that unforgettable line?”- Samuel Beckett
Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.- Konstantin Stanislavski, My Life In Art