Acting Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old acting quotes, acting sayings, and acting proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.

Rodney Dangerfield

Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.

Alicia Witt

Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.     

Marlon Brando

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

George Burns

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

Ralph Richardson

Acting is a marvelous profession ... If you can spend enough time playing other people, you don't have to think too much about your own character and motivations.     

Dean Koontz

Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting, that's the sign of maturity.

Marlon Brando

Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.

Katharine Hepburn

People acting in their own self-interest is the fuel for all the discovery, innovation, and prosperity that powers the world.     

John Stossel

Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.

Annette Bening

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.     

River Phoenix

Acting is always a challenge.     

Robert Downey

Film acting is one of the only industries where you're criticized for working hard. In any other industry, it's considered a quality and something to behold.

Nicolas Cage

Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.     

Paul Newman

Great acting is not easy; anyone who says it is is either shallow or a charlatan. And one of the hardest things about acting is admitting that it is hard     

Robert Cohen

Acting is half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself.

John Gielgud

Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.

Kate Reid

Acting is a spiritual quest to touch human beings.

Larry Moss

Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for.     

Washington Irving

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.

George Eliot

Acting is happy agony.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Acting is a sport. On stage you must be ready to move like a tennis player on his toes. Your concentration must be keen, your reflexes sharp; your body and mind are in top gear, the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre people pay to see energy.     

Clive Swift

Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.     

Marguerite Duras

Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.

Ellen Barkin

Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.

Glenda Jackson

I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules.     

Charlotte Whitton

I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.     

Nancy Reagan

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.

Rosalind Russell

Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.

Meryl Streep

As always, with acting, you can't be too self-conscious. You shouldn't care about what people are thinking about you at the time because they're not caring about you, they're caring about the character.     

Freddie Highmore

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