I don't know what is better than the work that is given to the actor - to teach the human heart the knowledge of itself.
Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.
[the only acting advice he would give] What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?
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.
I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.
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.
We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings.
When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part.
The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.
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.
Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.