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By Sir Laurence Olivier

"Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real."

"Of all the things I've done in life, directing a motion picture is the most beautiful. It's the most exciting and the nearest that an interpretive craftsman, such as an actor..can possibly get to being a creator."

"If I wasn't an actor, I think I'd have gone mad. You have to have extra voltage, some extra temperament to reach certain heights. Art is a little bit larger than life- it's an exhalation of life and I think I you probably need a little touch of madness."

"Work is life for me, it is the only point of life-and with it there is almost religious belief that service is everything."

"Without Acting I Cannot Breathe."

"What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?" [[The only acting advice he would ever give.]

"Relax your feet."

"Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult."

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"He could speak Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were actually thinking them."
-- English playwright Charles Bennett
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