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Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The life of a character should be an unbroken line of events and emotions, but a play only gives us a few moments on that line - we must create the rest to portray a convincing life."

The life of a character should be an unbroken line of events and emotions, but a play only gives us a few moments on that line - we must create the rest to portray a convincing life.




Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be."

The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be.




Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you."

Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The actor must use his imagination to be able to answer all questions (when, where, why, how). Make the make-believer existence more definite."

The actor must use his imagination to be able to answer all questions (when, where, why, how). Make the make-believer existence more definite.




Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The language of the body is the key that can unlock the soul."

The language of the body is the key that can unlock the soul.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "What is important to me is not the truth outside myself, but the truth within myself."

What is important to me is not the truth outside myself, but the truth within myself.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Play well, or play badly, but play truly."

Play well, or play badly, but play truly.




Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Never allow yourself externally to portray anything that you have not inwardly experienced and which is not even interesting to you."

Never allow yourself externally to portray anything that you have not inwardly experienced and which is not even interesting to you.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Who am I? What will I be? Why am I here? Where am I going?"

Who am I? What will I be? Why am I here? Where am I going?



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "When you're playing a character who's cruel, look for the places where he's kind. When you're playing a character who is unhappy, look for the places where he has a glint of merriment."

When you're playing a character who's cruel, look for the places where he's kind. When you're playing a character who is unhappy, look for the places where he has a glint of merriment.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Of course, if you have thought up to now that an actor relies merely on inspiration you will have to change your mind. Talent without work is nothing more than raw unfinished material."

Of course, if you have thought up to now that an actor relies merely on inspiration you will have to change your mind. Talent without work is nothing more than raw unfinished material.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it."

Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.




Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "When an actor is completely absorbed by some profoundly moving objective so that he throws his whole being passionately into its execution, he reaches a state we call inspiration."

When an actor is completely absorbed by some profoundly moving objective so that he throws his whole being passionately into its execution, he reaches a state we call inspiration.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "In the given circumstances you must be rooted in the play. Do not depart from the play. Don't cut yourself off from your partner in the scene, or partners."

In the given circumstances you must be rooted in the play. Do not depart from the play. Don't cut yourself off from your partner in the scene, or partners.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "When we are on stage, we are in the here and now."

When we are on stage, we are in the here and now.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Doubt is the enemy of creativeness."

Doubt is the enemy of creativeness.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "You'll never see any two good actors approach a role in the same way."

You'll never see any two good actors approach a role in the same way.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors."

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Fear your admirers! Learn in time to hear, understand, and love the cruel truth about yourselves!"

Fear your admirers! Learn in time to hear, understand, and love the cruel truth about yourselves!



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art."

Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born."

In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation."

The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they are difficult to satisfy. All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws."

Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they are difficult to satisfy. All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "You must be so thoroughly immersed in the given circumstances of the play, then you decide what it is at any given moment what that the actor wants."

You must be so thoroughly immersed in the given circumstances of the play, then you decide what it is at any given moment what that the actor wants.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation."

Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The theatre infects the audience with its noble ecstasy."

The theatre infects the audience with its noble ecstasy.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "At times of great stress it is especially necessary to achieve a complete freeing of the muscles"

At times of great stress it is especially necessary to achieve a complete freeing of the muscles



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The character has to have some kind of arch. The character has to go through an event, and be changed by the human event."

The character has to have some kind of arch. The character has to go through an event, and be changed by the human event.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it."

The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "In life we listen to other people. Listen with varying degrees of concentration and attention, right? Actors must learn to listen in a different way."

In life we listen to other people. Listen with varying degrees of concentration and attention, right? Actors must learn to listen in a different way.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "I was born an ordinary actor. I will die an ordinary actor. But I've persisted."

I was born an ordinary actor. I will die an ordinary actor. But I've persisted.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Don't go so deep in yourself that you no longer exist for your partner and for the character and for the play."

Don't go so deep in yourself that you no longer exist for your partner and for the character and for the play.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets."

Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "In talking about a genius, you would not say that he lies; he sees realities with different eyes from ours."

In talking about a genius, you would not say that he lies; he sees realities with different eyes from ours.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "All art is autobiographical - if it's not, it's not going to quicken on-stage, and it's not going to come alive."

All art is autobiographical - if it's not, it's not going to quicken on-stage, and it's not going to come alive.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Gratuitous cruelty borders on the pathological, psychotic and that becomes uninteresting because there is no choice."

Gratuitous cruelty borders on the pathological, psychotic and that becomes uninteresting because there is no choice.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession do not run after distinctions and rewards but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty."

Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession do not run after distinctions and rewards but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.



Constantin Stanislavski Quotes: "Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."

Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.