Quotes

11 November 2014
Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour, always inspired by the ideal.
11 November 2014
To be a good actor ... it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul, to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the laborious task that has barely just been finished.
11 November 2014
The actor is too prone to exaggerate his powers; he wants to play Hamlet when his appearance is more suitable to King Lear.
11 November 2014
Although all new ideas are born in France, they are not readily adopted there. It seems that they must first commence to prosper in a foreign country.
11 November 2014
The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions.
11 November 2014
The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.
11 November 2014
He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor ...
11 November 2014
I have often been asked why I am so fond of playing male parts.... As a matter of fact, it is not male parts, but male brains that I prefer.
11 November 2014
... actors of the first water are not more plentiful than playwrights of genius.
11 November 2014
I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me.

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