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Quotations From SARAH BERNHARDT

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  • 11.
    Each action of the actor on the stage should be the visible concomitant of his thoughts.
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924).
  • 12.
    What matters poverty? What matters anything to him who is "enamoured" of our art? Does he not carry in himself every joy and every beauty?
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). The "art" she spoke of was dramatic theater.

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  • 13.
    For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.
    Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), French actor. Memories of My Life, ch. 6 (1907).
  • 14.
    I refuse the title of artist to those who owe their reputations to a physical deformity. I regard them as buffoons.
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.
  • 15.
    A defective voice will always preclude an artist from achieving the complete development of his art, however intelligent he may be.... The voice is an instrument which the artist must learn to use with suppleness and sureness, as if it were a limb.
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923, with reference to stage acting.
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