30+ English Actor Laurence Olivier Quotes & Sayings

Laurence Kerr Olivier is known ad Laurence Olivier who was an English actor and director. Find out the quotes and sayings collection of Laurence Oliver and motivate yourself to get success in life.

Laurence Olivier Inspirational Acting Quotes

Acting is an everlasting search for truth.

The art of persuasion. The actor persuades himself, first, and through himself, the audience.

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.

If I wasn’t an actor, I think I’d have gone mad. You have to have extra voltage, some extra temperament to reach certain heights.

Scratch an actor and you’ll find an actor.

I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act.

We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act.

Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.

Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.

Acting is an everlasting search for truth.

What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?

Without acting, I cannot breathe.

We used to have actresses trying to become stars; now we have stars trying to become actresses.

Acting, is not a profession for adults.

Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it.

Laurence Olivier Famous Quotes

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.

The humility to prepare and the self-confidence to bring it off.

Don’t waste your time striving for perfection; instead, strive for excellence – doing your best.

Have a very good reason for everything you do.

Use your weaknesses; aspire to the strength.

Don’t be afraid to be outrageous; the critics will shoot you down anyway.

Shakespeare – The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.

No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.

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.

Top Laurence Olivier Quotes

If you're an artist, you've got to prove it.

Above all, you must remain open and fresh and alive to any new idea.

Life is enthusiasm, zest.

When you’re a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you’re older, it’s a straight part.

If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey.

My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.

If you’re an artist, you’ve got to prove it.

Art is a little bit larger than life – it’s an exhalation of life and I think you probably need a little touch of madness.

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