Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.
The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?
Without acting I cannot breathe.
I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act.
Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice, golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.
I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.
I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Autograph-hunting is the most unattractive manifestation of sex-starved curiosity.
Work is life for me, it is the only point of life-and with it there is almost religious belief that service is everything.
My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.
I'd like [people] to remember me for a diligent expert workman. I think a poet is a workman. I think Shakespeare was a workman. And God's a workman. I don't think there's anything better than a workman.