“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” – William Shakespeare

“The play’s the thing.” – William Shakespeare

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock

“Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” – Sanford Meisner

“The essence of drama is conflict.” – Aristotle

“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.” – Thomas Wolfe

“To be or not to be, that is the question.” – William Shakespeare

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde

“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.” – William Archer

“Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.” – River Phoenix

“The great thing about acting is that you get to lose yourself in another character and essentially become someone else for a time.” – Ellen Page

“Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.” – Rosalind Russell

“In the theatre, the actor is the one who does not act like a clown, but does perform some of the clown’s special tricks.” – Werner Herzog

“Drama is a way of life in India.” – Shah Rukh Khan

“Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.” – William Ralph Inge

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” – Julia Child

“Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.” – Sojourner Truth

“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” – Sanford Meisner

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” – Meryl Streep

“Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience.” – Paul Newman

“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

“Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society.” – Yasmina Reza

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” – Alan Bennett

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock

“The purpose of theater is to create the illusion of a real event, to put people into a slice of life, make people laugh, create tension, and answer human questions.” – David Mamet

“An actor is someone who pretends to be someone else while still remaining true to themselves.” – William Esper

“Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.” – W.H. Auden