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Laurence Olivier - Quotes

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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.

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.

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings. ---->>>

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 often think that could we creep behind the actor's eyes, we would find an attic of forgotten toys and a copy of the Domesday Book. ---->>>

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

Have a very good reason for everything you do. ---->>>

The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 05-22, 1907
Birthplace: in Dorking, Surrey, The United Kingdom
Die: 07-11, 1989
Occupation: Actor

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989), was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles (wikipedia)