Sarah Bernhardt


Sarah Bernhardt Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour, always inspired by the ideal.''
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924).
  • ''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.''
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.
  • ''The actor is too prone to exaggerate his powers; he wants to play Hamlet when his appearance is more suitable to King Lear.''
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.
  • ''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.''
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924).
  • ''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.
  • ''The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions.''
    Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.

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