The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
A young girl must not be taken to the theatre, let us say it once for all. It is not only the drama which is immoral, but the place.
An actor should take lessons from the painter and the sculptor. Not only should he make attitude his study, but he should highly develop his mind by an assiduous study of the best writers, ancient and modern, which will enable him not only to understand his parts, but to communicate a nobler coloring to his manners and mien.
Actors are the only honest hypocrites. Their life is a voluntary dream; and the height of their ambition is to be beside themselves. They wear the livery of other men's fortunes: their very thoughts are not their own.
It is with some violence to the imagination that we conceive of an actor belonging to the relations of private life, so closely do we identify these persons in our mind with the characters they assume upon the stage.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.
The profession of the player, like that of the painter, is one of the imitative arts, whose means are pleasure, and whose end should be virtue.