100+ Inspiring Quotes About Acting

  • A real actor can’t love anyone. Cause he/she only pretends to be a lover. Cause he/she still in the role of a lover and doesn’t know how to love someone for the real.                – Salman Aziz

  • Acting became more than a profession to me.  It became a sort of religion.                   – Marilyn Monro

  • Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself. – Rodney Dangerfield

  • Acting is a childlike thing. To act well, you have to be childlike in order to free yourself.  – Laurence Fishburne

  • Acting is a freelance career… you never stop having to prove yourself and fight for work. – Miranda Otto

  • Acting is a marvellous 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

  • Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.   – Laurence Olivi

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

  • Acting is a nice profession – pretending you are someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself. – Katherine Hepburn

  • Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience. – Paul Newman

  • Acting is a spiritual quest to touch human beings. – Larry Moss

  • 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, and the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre, people pay to see energy.      – Clive Swift

  • Acting is always a challenge. – Robert Downey

  • Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. –  Sanford Meisner

  • Acting is characterization, the process of two entities merging – the actor and the role.    – George C.Scott

  • Acting is different from stand-up. It gives you this ability to enter into another character, to create another person. – Robin Williams

  • Acting is a half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself. – John Gielgud

  • Acting is happy agony. – Jean-Paul Sartre

  • Acting is an illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real. – Laurence Olivier

  • Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on. –  River Phoenix

  • Acting is like a high wire act.  Your margin for error is very slim. – Christine Baranski

  • Acting is like free therapy!  Trying to make people laugh or cry can be inspiring.            – Julianne Hough

  • Acting is like peeling an onion. You have to peel away each layer to reveal another.        – Juliette Binoche

  • Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.              – Alicia Witt

  • Acting is make-believe. I never believe I’m the character; I want you to believe.            – Kirk Douglas

  • Acting is not about being famous; it’s about exploring the human soul.                          – Annette Bening

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

  • Acting is not as difficult as you may think. People are born natural actors and play many parts on the stage of life. Everyone is constantly in front of an audience — or performing monologues when alone. – Bryan Michael Stoller

  • Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion. – Kate Reid

  • Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life. – George Eliot

  • Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly. – Rosalind Russell

  • Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. Quitting acting, that’s the sign of maturity. – Marlon Brando

  • Acting is the greatest answer to the loneliness that I have found. – Claire Danes

  • Acting is the most personal of our crafts.  The make-up of a human being – his physical, mental and emotional habits- influence his acting to a much greater extent than commonly recognized. – Lee Strasberg

  • Acting means living, it’s all I do and all I am good at.  If I were not getting paid well, I would still be acting in a small troupe somewhere. – Morgan Freeman

  • Acting requires a creative and compassionate attitude. It must aim to lift life up to a higher level of meaning and not tear it down or demean it. The actor’s search is a generous quest for that larger meaning. That’s why acting is never to be done passively. – Stella Adler

  • Acting requires a lot of discipline to go with the obsession. It’s a path of knowledge and of self-knowledge. Sometimes you get lost on the path. And then you find yourself again. – Tony Servillo

  • Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life. – Bette Davis

  • Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over. – Alan Rickman

  • Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming. – B.C.Forbes

  • Actors need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don’t be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you. – Stella Adler

  • All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.                              – William Shakespeare

  • An actor can practice anywhere at any time with anybody, and most of them do.            – Archie Goodwin

  • An actor does not figure out how to say the lines that are written for a character. An actor figures out why a character says the lines. – Jeremy Kruse

  • An actor is a fool for God. – Gerardine Clark

  • An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow. – Lawrence Barrett

  • And an enigmatic smile is worth ten pages of dialogue. – Connie Brockway

  • Anything creative requires a bit of acting and filling in blanks with imagination.              – Christina Westover

  • By drinking, a boy acts like a man. After drinking, many a man acts like a boy.              – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

  • Comedians are the monkeys of acting. When you go to the zoo, everybody loves the monkey exhibit. – Tracy Morgan

  • Didn’t they realize that the only way to change things was to act? – Tamora Pierce

  • Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played. I’m not. That’s why it’s called ‘acting. – Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Emotions aren’t doable. Actions are doable, and if you do them correctly, they prompt the feelings. – Stella Adler

  • For me, acting is not a job. It is something I love. I don’t do these things for awards or rewards. I do them because I love challenges. – Aamir Khan

  • For me, becoming a man had a lot to do with learning communication, and I learned about that by acting. – Adam Driver

  • Good acting — real acting is impossible to spot. Do you ever catch talents like Robert Duvall or Kathy Bates acting? No. I defy you to show me where. – William Esper

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

  • Great actors share the part of themselves that most people keep hidden.                      – Marcus Geduld

  • Have a good looking is not worthy if you don’t act just like your appearances.                – Shim Steward

  • I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker. – Robert Downey, Jr.

  • I love acting, but it’s much more fun taking the kids to the zoo. – Nicole Kidman

  • I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. – Frank Capra

  • I never act I simply bring out the real animal that’s in me. – Willem Dafoe

  • I think acting is making the impossible possible. – Nam Tae Hyun

  • I think acting is revealing to people what it means to be human. – Nick Enright

  • I was terrorized by the emotional requirements of being an actor. Acting is like letting your pants down; you’re exposed. – Paul Newman

  • If thinking should precede acting, then acting must succeed in thinking. – Amit Kalantri

  • I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you. – Meryl Streep

  • It is not enough to discover the secret of a play, it’s thought and feelings – the actor must be able to convert them into living terms. – Konstantin Stanislavski

  • It’s not whether you really cry. It’s whether the audience thinks you are crying.             – Ingrid Bergman

  • It’s very important to lead your own story: to not be acting as much as you are living.   –Nathan Phillips

  • Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.          – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. – Aristotle

  • Modelling is really silent acting. – Arizona Muse

  • Most of our problems are because we act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting. –  Jeremy Shingongo

  • One of the first things I learned about acting was, the only person you compete against is yourself. – Ed Harris

  • One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price. – Robert De Niro

  • One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.        – Bill Murray

  • Somebody told me long ago that in acting, it’s okay to steal, just steal from the best.      – Nathan Fillio

  • Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act! – Craig MacDonald

  • That’s what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.                  – Gerardine Clark

  • The actor does not live, he plays. He remains cold toward the object of his acting but his art must be perfection. – Konstantin Stanislavski

  • The art of acting consists of keeping people from coughing. – Benjamin Franklin

  • The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact, is bad acting. – Anthony Hopkins

  • The best acting is instinctive. It’s not intellectual, it’s not mechanical, it’s instinctive.      – Craig MacDonald

  • The best advice my dad ever gave me is that acting is believing.  Acting is not acting.  It is not putting on a face and dancing around in a mask.  It’s believing that you are that character and playing him as if it were a normal day in the life of that character.            – Haley Joel Osment

  • The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it.  It is a great outlet.  As for myself, I am not sure who I am.  It seems that I change every day. – Leonardo DiCaprio

  • The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it. – Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The most efficient way to lose a fight is to act without knowing your enemy. First of all, observe before acting. – Frank Matobo

  • The most exciting acting tends to happen in roles you never thought you could play.      – John Lithgow

  • The thing I like a lot about acting is I’ll never learn enough. I’ll never know it inside and out. – Dylan O’Brien

  • There are two main jobs in acting – the first one is to be a good actor, and the second one is to convince everyone that you’re a good actor. – Laurence Fox

  • There’s a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter – an act. – Vera Nazarian

  • Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • To be an actor, you have to be a child. – Paul Newman

  • To me, acting is like a jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw puzzle is of the sky and all the pieces are blue. Out of this you have to create a human being and put it together.                    – Henry Winkler 

  • We aren’t, as human beings, very good at acting in our best interest.                             – Malcolm Gladwell

  • What I like about acting is that you can be a different person every day.                        – Allegra Versace

  • When people see me in something and say, ‘That’s just you – that’s not acting,’ it’s the best compliment I can get. – James Garner

  • When pursued with a pure heart, acting is an entirely selfless profession. – Masiela Lusha
  • When you’re on stage, the real world just drops away for that time.  It’s pretty intense. – Robert Smith

  • With any part of you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it.  There has to be, otherwise, it’s just not acting.  It’s lying. – Johnny Depp

  • Without wonder and insight, acting is just a business. With it, it becomes creation.         –  Bette Davis
  • Without writers, stories would not be written, -Without actors, stories could not be brought to life. – Angie-Marie Delsante

  • You have to be an Actor to face life, not the camera. – Tapan Ghos


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