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Acting Out Quotes


"Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out their conscience, thus helping bring the collective conscience to life." - Norman Cousins

"Comedy is acting out optimism." - Robin Williams

"I'm getting out of acting." - John Corbett

"Love the battle between chaos and imagination. Remember: Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances. Remember: Acting is the way to live the greatest number of lives. Remember: Acting is the same as real life, lived intentionally. Never forget: The Fruit is out on the end of the limb. Go there." - Robert Fulghum

"I drifted into acting and drifted out. Acting is not everything. Living is." - Irene Dunne

"Acting is a way of living out one's insanity." - Isabelle Huppert

"A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult while the adults are out acting like teenagers." - Anonymous

"I started out fighting before I was acting, actually, then got hurt and got into the acting." - Mickey Rourke

"Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances." - Sanford Meisner

"Consistency is the death of good acting." - Michael Shurtleff

"Acting is pretending to be someone else." - Anna Paquin

"Acting is acting." - Brent Spiner

"Spiritually, no action is more important than surrender. Surrender is the tenderest impulse of the heart, acting out of love to give whatever the beloved wants. Surrender is being alert to exactly what is happening now, not imposing expectations from the past. Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything, even when you cannot foresee the outcome of a situation." - Deepak Chopra

"But there's one thing about quitters you have to guard against - they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he'll take somebody with him, and you don't want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around." - Bear Bryant

"People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived.' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society." - Stephen Covey

"When committees gather, each member is necessarily an actor, uncontrollably acting out the part of himself, reading the lines that identify him, asserting his identity.... We are designed, coded, it seems, to place the highest priority on being individuals, and we must do this first, at whatever cost, even if it means disability for the group." - Lewis Thomas

"If acting doesn't work out I'd love to produce, direct, or write." - Chloe Moretz

"If this whole acting thing doesn't work out, I'll just get a talk show." - Rachael Leigh Cook

"a lot of human behavior was really acting out our responses to dangers long past." - Orson Scott Card

"Anytime someone can beat the acting out of someone else, I think its a wonderful thing." - Kevin Spacey

"Nothing is more powerful than individuals acting out of their own conscience." - Vaclav Havel

"What acting means is that you've got to get out of your own skin." - Katharine Hepburn

"You can't punish a child who is acting out because of sensory overload." - Temple Grandin

"If I'd succeeded right away at acting I wouldn't have sought out writing." - Sylvester Stallone

"That's why there's so much bad acting out there, because you could see actors watching themselves." - Viola Davis

"I think cheating can inherently mean a deeper problem, someone is acting out." - Sutton Foster

"Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Because I came out as a singer, I took the time to get an acting coach." - Aaliyah

"Yes, I made mistakes by rebelling, by acting out in confused ways." - Jennifer Capriati

"If the acting don't work out, I'll have a future in construction." - Anthony Mackie

"Yeah, I've only been acting since I was 18 out of high school." - Dylan Obrien

"My plan B, if acting doesn't work out, is to work with disabled children." - Maria Valverde

"I started acting without any vocation. I continued out of love." - Emmanuelle Beart

"I gravitated to acting out of a mixture of instinct, naivete and opportunity." - Jeffrey Combs

"I dropped out of school and I never took acting classes." - Alice Englert

"I moved to California not to pursue acting but to get out of Albuquerque." - Minka Kelly

"If this whole acting thing doesn't work out, I'll just get a talk show." - Rachael Leigh

"I found acting tough; it takes a lot out of you if you have no technique." - Kiki Dee

"There's definitely a fascination with crime stories and stories of characters acting out against authority." - Joel Edgerton

"Anytime someone can beat the acting out of someone else, I think it's a wonderful thing." - Kevin Spacey

"Yeah, I've only been acting since I was 18 out of high school." - Dylan O'Brien

"If acting doesn't work out I'd love to produce, direct, or write." - Chloe Grace Moretz

"I used to joke that if acting didn't work out, poetry was my commonsense fallback." - Merritt Wever

"It's a funny thing. You sort of never figure it out with acting. You're always learning." - Paul Dano

"Part of the fun of acting is the research, finding out about other people." - James Gandolfini

"Yeah, to me, acting is very therapeutic. I get out a lot of anger and frustration." - Diane Kruger

"Everybody should wish they had home movies of themselves, acting out their lunacy on LSD." - John Waters

"I've been acting for 25 years, living out of suitcases on theater tours or film locations." - Alfred Molina

"Acting, musicals, bringing out an album - not many people have done that. Anthony Newley, Barbra Streisand?" - Julian Ovenden

"With any role, you're extending yourself and acting out things that never happened to you." - Tom Hiddleston

"Your acting will not be good until it is only yours. That's true of music, acting, anything creative. You work until finally nobody is acting like you." - Sanford Meisner

"I've always enjoyed Acting. Acting is acting" - Tony Randall

"I've always enjoyed Acting. Acting is acting." - Tony Randall

"The truth of ourselves is the root of our acting." - Sanford Meisner

"Acting is not talking, it's living off the other fellow!!!" - Sanford Meisner

"But forgiveness is the act of not putting anyone out of your heart, even those who are acting out of deep ignorance or out of confusion and pain." - Jack Kornfield

"It was the moment I learned acting is not acting out. After that light went on, I spent the rest of my life trying to figure out how to make other people realize it." - William Hurt

"I started doing yoga in my 20s. I did teacher training, that was what I was going to do if acting didn't work out. I started teaching other actors right at the beginning of the yoga craze - people still thought it was a little weird, but a lot of actors I knew were getting into it and didn't want to look foolish in class. So I started teaching them!" - Kristin Davis

"In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting out our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake." - Henry David Thoreau

"All you are is a bag of particles acting out the laws of physics. That to me is pretty clear." - Brian Greene

"The thing I like a lot about acting is I'll never learn enough. I'll never know it inside and out." - Dylan O'Brien

"A business like acting is 90% luck. You can be a star one minute and out of work the next" - Amber Tamblyn

"I get some acting jobs. I like it other than the constant slipping in and out of character." - Andy Kindler

"When you're a drama student, I think the most you hope for is to make a living out of acting." - Tom Ellis

"Going into my 20s, I was uncertain, trying to figure out what my relationship to acting is." - Gaby Hoffmann

"When I was first starting out, if you were acting on television, it was a real stigma." - Christine Lahti

"When I started in films, it never really occurred to me that I could make a career out of acting." - Sam Neill

"The thing I like a lot about acting is I'll never learn enough. I'll never know it inside and out." - Dylan Obrien

"A business like acting is 90% luck. You can be a star one minute and out of work the next." - Amber Tamblyn

"I actually wanted to be an exotic dancer, but that didn't work out so I thought I'd take on acting." - Sasha Alexander

"My mother always said I should have a back-up profession if the acting doesn't work out." - Gina Bellman

"I never consciously set out to be an actor. I just kind of did whatever acting I could do." - Adelaide Clemens

"Writing a novel is not method acting and I find it easy to step out of it at cocktail hour." - Bret Easton Ellis

"I never wanted to lose out on an acting job and wonder if I hadn't been trained enough." - David Alan Grier

"Songwriting helps me sort out my personal problems. With acting, you're just a tool for someone's ideas." - Gary Kemp

"I loved acting as a kid because I was kind of shy, so it brought me out of myself." - Jennifer Jason Leigh

"I also want to get out there in the world and do some acting and fashion and modeling." - Nastia Liukin

"I'm not someone who went to acting school - I was just out of the gate, doing it." - Natasha Lyonne

"I never rule anything out. I'm an entertainer. Be it presenting, singing, acting, I just do things I love." - Martine Mccutcheon

"Until I came out, my acting was all about disguise, and thereafter it became about telling the truth." - Ian Mckellen

"I'd definitely love to do more acting. My heart cries out for it; it's such a deep longing." - Kylie Minogue

"My favorite way of getting out of doing chores is by acting like I'm asleep. But it never works." - Devon Werkheiser

"I always have a rule that acting is acting and truth is truth and you just go out there and you do it. But what happens in each medium is that you have other responsibilities. The acting remains the same, but each medium dictates assuming other halves to make the acting work." - James Woods

"You get money out of acting. You get gray hair out of directing. Actually, I get more of a rush from directing." - Tim Robbins

"We [musicians] are comfortable in front of the camera doing music videos, and it's almost a form of acting when we're doing music videos. We're acting out our own thoughts and what we've written down on paper." - Ludacris

"Acting is about listening and reacting. John Wayne was right: Acting is just reacting. You don't have to do much - as long as you stay out of the way of others. That's why it works." - Anthony Hopkins

"I'm definitely shy, so it was definitely acting for me to drop a trench coat and be in a bikini and try to get my cousins out of trouble by using my body. That was definitely acting." - Jessica Simpson

"I have done some formal acting training, because I sucked at acting when I first got to Los Angeles. I'm still one of the worst actors and auditions out there." - Eric Andre

"Acting and the navy seem to balance each other out - I've not surrendered over to the complete process of the navy, nor have I surrendered to the ego-driven process of acting." - Mark Hadlow

"Acting is ephemeral. You can't hang it on a wall. You can't throw it off. And you can't bring it out of a closet. It's there one night and it's gone the next, at least with stage acting anyhow." - Charles Durning

"With acting, I've always gotten by in life acting in situations. I'm a small person. I didn't have a chance to be a bully. But I could always act myself out of tough situations." - Tkeyah Crystal Keymah

"After going to theater school, and then subsequently dropping out, I would say that when I first went to Chicago and learned long-form improv, that was a far better acting workshop than any acting school I've been to." - Thomas Middleditch

"Acting is therapeutic. I say I'm not shy, but... Acting is a very vulnerable experience, and you've got to be really confident to put yourself out there to be judged." - Shemar Moore

"There are very few joys in life greater than spontaneity. Spontaneity means to be in the moment; it means acting out of your awareness, not acting according to your old conditionings." - Rajneesh

"It's tough when take 1 is technically okay and take 2 has better acting. Out here (Hollywood) they print the first one. That's the one where we all hit the mark on the floor and who cares about the acting." - Judy Holliday

"My family was very supportive of my acting. They didn't really have a choice because I got jobs acting before anyone could really say anything. It paid my way through college and helped my family out." - Ajay Naidu

"Acting with creatures that aren't there is kind like acting with an actor who refuses to come out of his trailer. You still have to go on and do the scene." - Liam Neeson

"What I've discovered is, really, acting is acting is acting." - William H Macy

"It's an acting job - acting natural." - Alistair Cooke

"I'm not acting, but I am acting." - Tracey Gold

"It was difficult for me to feel my feelings, so I just buried them. Then I found that acting was a way for me to get them out. But now that I'm a reasonably sane adult, acting is more about my trying to engage other people: Acting is cathartic for the viewer as well." - Adelaide Kane

"Well, I've been acting for 50 years now, professionally. I've been acting a lot longer. My mother reckons I was acting when I got out of the womb. But because I've been working in the theater, I've probably only done about 25 movies but I've done more than 100 plays." - Jacki Weaver

"I would say I like expressing myself in different ways. The way I can express myself in songs is awesome. What you can express through acting is cool too. I just want to let it all out. I like them both for different reasons, though. Music has a freedom that acting doesn't really have, and acting presents a challenge that music necessarily doesn't." - Keith Stanfield

"Maybe if I completely shaved my head and get the frost out of my moustache, maybe I could get one of those serious acting jobs." - Laila Ali

"Everyone is interesting. Everyone has something unexpected to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other." - Meryl Streep

"My acting stopped being about disguise and became about truth which suits the camera, so my film career took off when I came out." - Ian Mckellen

"I just love the history of acting. It's such a beautiful craft and you absolutely get out of it what you put into it." - Miles Teller

"Quotes are a way of acting out not just a text, and not just thinking, but the making of a text. The construction of thinking." - Masha Tupitsyn

"The reason why I could get into acting was because it takes nothing to get out of who I am and go into somebody else." - Tupac Shakur

"I've never had an acting lesson. I've never been given techniques. Everything I've done is invented. I just sort of found out [how to do it]." - Elizabeth Taylor

"Acting careers dont come out fully formed - not unless your name is Jaden Smith and your dad has done it all." - John Boyega

"The study of acting consists in the main of getting out of one's own way, and in learning to deal with uncertainty and being comfortable being uncomfortable." - David Mamet

"Acting might bring on emotional exhaustion, but writing tired your brains out. Writing led to depression and insomnia and walking around all day with a haggard look." - Richard Yates

"I feel very lucky that when I'm burnt out of acting I take to the pen and I write something I want to direct." - Lake Bell

"In writing the autobiography, I can really chuckle when I look at the songs. I was acting out the part. I saw myself as a victim." - Boy George

"The study of acting consists in the main of getting out of one's own way, and in learning to deal with uncertainty and being comfortable being uncomfortable." - David Mamet

"I was just starting out acting [doing "Airplane"] and wanted to be taken as a professional, not as an athlete doing a cameo." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"You ever spent eight hours acting in water? It's a lot easier to get in and out of a bath. Hot tubs are bad news for actors, man." - Adam Pally

"We are acting on our desire; there is nothing wrong. Just remember if it does not pan out, if our desires go unfulfilled, it's perfect!" - Bryan Kest

"It's so fun to play something that feels reckless - not all the time, but I really must be acting out something that I can't do in real life." - Kathryn Hahn

"For me acting is pretending. It's illuminating my human struggle - trying to grow and have the courage to be filmed while figuring things out." - Sherilyn Fenn

"I tried acting and all of the arts, I even put out a record album, but what I like the most is business." - Beverly Johnson

"I've worked with acting coaches, I've been going out on auditions and meeting with casting directors. But I'm not known as an actress." - Cassie Ventura

"I think that story wins out over acting and that the thing as a whole is more important than the performances therein." - Ben Mendelsohn

"I started acting pretty young, so I haven't had too many odd jobs. But I used to sell candy out of my locker in middle school." - Paul Dano

"With 'Shameless,' 'Homeland' and 'American Horror Story,' these are all shows that don't follow a particular mold, and they are out-there. The acting is spectacular." - Shanola Hampton

"The first time my parents found out I was acting was when a friend told them they had just come back from a play I was in." - Poorna Jagannathan

"The Irish Catholic side was married to the life of an actor and I found out acting could be a form of prayer." - Liam Neeson

"For me writing and acting all comes out of the same place, a compulsion to review and connect to something. For me they are more similar than different." - Aleksa Palladino

"I get very competitive, mostly in acting though. When I'm going out for a role or something, that's when I really get very territorial about things." - Molly Quinn

"I would recommend going out for more independent films. You can get bigger roles and really work your acting chops and build a reel." - Valerie Azlynn

"I'm an artist. So if acting doesn't work out, which I hope it does, I'm probably going to go into graphic design or something like that." - Gabriel Basso

"What you learn in any acting class is how to make a fool of yourself and enjoy things and get out of your head." - Aya Cash

"Drama school is fundamentally practical. I didn't write any essays, so I came out with a BA honors degree in acting." - Emilia Clarke

"That's what I always enjoyed about acting, the real adrenalin rush. My heart - still before I go on stage - crashing out of my chest. That's thrilling to me." - Billy Crudup

"I think acting has helped me come out of my shell because when I play a character, I can't be self-conscious." - Joan Cusack

"I'm from Miami, I love it when we're out in the heat. When it's cold, I'm like, 'I'm never acting again,' because it's too freezing." - Majandra Delfino

"Acting is my first focus, but at the core, I'm a storyteller, and however that comes out is fine with me." - Santino Fontana

"I love acting, but I have two little kids, and it's 14 hours a day out of the house. You don't get that time back." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"I never really wanted to grow up. I grew up really young. I moved out when I was 13 - that's when I started acting." - Helena Bonham Carter

"Making a living out of acting sounded like science-fiction when I was growing up. I didn't know anyone around me who lived from anything related to art." - Penelope Cruz

"Sometimes when you're starting out with acting, you have to take what you can get to get experience and meet people." - Emily Kinney

"In college, I would just drop out of all my classes, and I would just be left with my acting classes." - Jeremy Luke

"Acting probably saved my life. It gave me a home and a safe place to let out all of my emotions and have it be okay." - Vanessa Marcil

"Acting careers don't come out fully formed - not unless your name is Jaden Smith and your dad has done it all." - John Boyega

"With the acting, it's somebody else's brainchild, and I'm just sort of helping flesh it out. There's a special satisfaction to being the brains behind the operation." - Jack Black

"For lack of a better word, acting is therapeutic. You really are breaking down barriers, exorcising demons and finding more out about yourself." - Charlie Bewley

"Acting was just an after-school activity for me. I'd been doing it since I was 4, so it didn't feel out of the ordinary." - Jason Hervey

"It feels like as you get a bit older, you've worked out the things that are good for your life apart from with acting." - Dolly Wells

"Ego is something that you come to know - something that you befriend by not acting out or by repressing all the feelings that you feel." - Pema Chodron



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