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
"Without Acting I Cannot Breathe."
"What is acting but lying and what is good lying but
convincing lying?" [[The only acting advice he would
"Relax your feet."
"Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It
is not quite the occupation of an adult."
About Sir Laurence
"He could speak Shakespeare's lines as naturally as
if he were actually thinking them."
English playwright Charles Bennett