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  • The main difference between the art of the actor and all other arts is that every other [non-performing] artist may create whenever he is in the mood of inspiration. But the artist of the stage must be the master of his own inspiration, and must know how to call it forth at the hour announced on the posters of the theatre. This is the chief secret of our art.

  • In every physical action, unless it is purely mechanical, there is concealed some inner action, some feelings. This is how the two levels of life in a part are created, the inner and the outer. They are intertwined. A common purpose brings them together and reinforces the unbreakable bond.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Creating a Role”, p.193, A&C Black
  • All art is autobiographical - if it's not, it's not going to quicken on-stage, and it's not going to come alive.

    Art   Alive   Stage  
    Source: www.broadwayworld.com
  • The actor must use his imagination to be able to answer all questions (when, where, why, how). Make the make-believer existence more definite.

  • I have taken film-work that has been a little more cliché-written, to support myself and my family, and that's a whole kind of other challenge. It's like chopping wood: You've got to take what you can get and bless what withstands you. But in theatre! There's enough great theatre that you can find something interesting!

    Source: www.broadwayworld.com
  • Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they are difficult to satisfy. All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws.

    Simple   Law   Actors  
    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building a Character”, p.246, A&C Black
  • It is only when an actor feels that his inner and outer life on the stage is flowing naturally and normally, in the circumstances that surround him, that the deeper sources of his subconscious gently open, and from them come feelings we cannot always analyse.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “An Actor Prepares”, p.13, A&C Black
  • We have as many planes of speech as does a painting planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase. The most important word stands out most vividly defined in the very foreground of the sound plane. Less important words create a series of deeper planes.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building A Character”, p.166, Routledge
  • In the given circumstances you must be rooted in the play. Do not depart from the play. Don't cut yourself off from your partner in the scene, or partners.

    Cutting   Play   Scene  
    Source: bigthink.com
  • In life we listen to other people. Listen with varying degrees of concentration and attention, right? Actors must learn to listen in a different way.

    Source: bigthink.com
  • In talking about a genius, you would not say that he lies; he sees realities with different eyes from ours.

    Lying   Eye   Reality  
    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “An Actor Prepares”, p.49, A&C Black
  • The theatre infects the audience with its noble ecstasy.

    Theatre   Noble   Ecstasy  
  • Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.

    Theatre   Acting   Actors  
    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building A Character”, p.253, Routledge
  • The character has to have some kind of arch. The character has to go through an event, and be changed by the human event.

    Source: www.broadwayworld.com
  • All action in theatre must have inner justification, be logical, coherent, and real.

    Real   Theatre   Action  
  • Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing - all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art - at the door.

    Life   Art   Doors  
    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building a Character”, p.215, A&C Black
  • What is important to me is not the truth outside myself, but the truth within myself.

  • Don't go so deep in yourself that you no longer exist for your partner and for the character and for the play.

    Source: bigthink.com
  • The language of the body is the key that can unlock the soul.

  • Doubt is the enemy of creativeness.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Creating a Role”, p.68, A&C Black
  • In the language of an actor, to know is synonymous with to feel

    Actors   Language   Feels  
    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Creating a Role”, p.5, A&C Black
  • Never lose yourself on the stage. Always act in your own person, as an artist. The moment you lose yourself on the stage marks the departure from truly living your part and the beginning of exaggerated false acting. Therefore, no matter how much you act, how many parts you take, you should never allow yourself any exception to the rule of using your own feelings. To break that rule is the equivalent of killing the person you are portraying, because you deprive him of a palpitating, living, human soul, which is the real source of life for a part.

  • Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.

  • The direct effect on our mind is achieved by the words, the text, the thought, which arouse consideration. Our will is directly affected by the super-objective, by other objectives, by a through line of action. Our feelings are directly worked upon by tempo-rhythm.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building a Character”, p.208, A&C Black
  • The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it.

  • You'll never see any two good actors approach a role in the same way.

    Two   Roles   Actors  
    Source: www.broadwayworld.com
  • Play well, or play badly, but play truly.

    Play   Theatre   Wells  
  • A true priest is aware of the presence of the altar during every moment that he is conducting a service. It is exactly the same way that a true artist should react to the stage all the time he is in the theater. An actor who is incapable of this feeling will never be a true artist.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building a Character”, p.216, A&C Black
  • The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation.

    Constantin Stanislavski (2013). “Building A Character”, p.320, Routledge
  • In the circle of light on the state in the midst of darkness, you have the sensation of being entirely alone... This is called solitude in public... During a performance, before an audience of thousands, you can always enclose yourself in this circle, like a snail in its shell... You can carry it wherever you go.

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