50+ Acting Quotes to Motivate You and Keep You on Track!

50+ Acting Quotes to Motivate You and Keep You on Track!
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Tripboba.com - Acting is the art of pretending to be someone or something else, while actor/actress is the name for the person who portrays a character. A great actor can make a play seems real. 

If you are an actor/actress or recently interested in acting, you can read the following acting quotes to get daily insights from famous actors in the world. Let's check them out below!

Quotes About Acting

Quotes About Acting
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Whether you are an actor or just interested in acting, when you need a quick line of motivation, check out the best acting quotes below.

These acting quotes from famous actors will get you on the right track.

  • “What sets you apart can feel like a burden, but it’s not. A lot of the time it’s what makes you great.”-Emma Stone
  • “Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”-Sanford Meisner
  • “The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.”-Stella Adler
  • “If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft.”–Phillip Seymour Hoffman
  • “For me, our job as artists is to serve the story, serve the director, and serve the fellow actors. And if you do that, by osmosis you’re serving yourself because you’ll get the best out of yourself.”-David Oyelowo
  • “The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”-James Dean
  • “Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.”–Constantin Stanislavski
  • “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”-Oscar Wilde
  • “Acting isn’t something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you’re going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.”-Lee Strasberg
  • “If you have the emotion, it infects you and the audience. If you don’t have it don’t bother; just say your lines as truthfully as you are capable of doing. You can’t fake emotion.”-Sanford Meisner
  • “To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.”-Bette Davis
  • “When you do something that people respond to, and then you start altering the blueprint for what worked, it’s pretty fear-inducing. But sometimes, you have to do that, to push the boundaries.”-Rami Malek
  • “Acting is not about being famous. It’s about exploring the human soul.”-Annette Bening
  • “Acting is a form of self-expression, it’s not becoming someone else, and it’s not playing make-believe; it’s about using the fiction of being someone else to express something about yourself.”-Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • “There is a kind of invisible thread between the actor and the audience, and when it’s there it’s stunning and there is nothing to match that.”-Maggie Smith
  • “Acting requires faith. You just have to believe that you are the person you’re playing and that what is happening is happening to you.”-Ivana Chubbuck
  • “Life has to be everything. It can’t be all sad. It can’t be all peaches and cream. Because the lows have you appreciate the highs. And the highs give you perspective on the lows. If it’s not everything, it becomes flat or mundane.”-Sterling K Brown
  • “You can’t learn to act unless you’re criticized. If you tie that criticism to your childhood insecurities you’ll have a terrible time. Instead, you must take criticism objectively, pertaining it only to the work being done.”-Sanford Meisner
  • “The thing I like about acting is being able to lose yourself completely in someone else. I’m not that comfortable when I get recognized.”-Ellen Page
  • “I think that young women and little girls need to see that they don’t have to be the damsel in distress. They don’t have to not show their strength. They don’t have to be whatever the stereotype is or the tropes that we go to in our minds.”-Octavia Spencer
  • “I think the crucial thing about being an actor is to be doing it.”-Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • “Once you are gold, you need to keep yourself golden. Even the best of it needs to be cleaned and re-exposed and put into the world again”-Susan Batson
  • “To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.”-Marlon Brando
  • “As an actor, you try to bring as much of yourself to a part to try and create a feeling of authenticity and emotional truth and resonance.”-Jesse Eisenberg

Keep reading for the greatest acting quotes to motivate you to keep you on track. You can find them on the next page!

Acting Like a Lady Quotes

Acting Like a Lady Quotes
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Here are some acting quotes from the book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man written by Steve Harvey. Let's find inspiration from these acting quotes!

  • “We can’t focus on the two — we’re just not that gifted, sorry.”-Steve Harvey
  • “Providing for the ones he loves and cares about, whether it’s monetarily or with sweat equity, is a part of a man’s DNA, and if he loves and cares for you, this man will provide for you all these things with no limits.”-Steve Harvey
  • “It’s not the guy who determines whether you’re a sports fish or a keeper — it’s you.”-Steve Harvey
  • “You control what you can control—your image, the way you conduct yourself, the way you let men talk to and approach you—and use that to get the relationship you want.”-Steve Harvey
  • “Men are driven by who they are, what they do, and how much they make.”-Steve Harvey
  • “Remember this: the number one cause of failure in this country is the fear of failure. Fear paralyzes you from taking action.”-Steve Harvey
  • “We men are very simple people: if we like what we see, we’re coming over there. If we don’t want anything from you, we’re not coming over there. Period.”-Steve Harvey
  • “Stop heaping your definition of love on men and recognize that men love differently.”-Steve Harvey
  • “It never ceases to amaze me how much people talk about relationships, think about them, read about them, ask about them - even get in them without a clue how to move them forward.”-Steve Harvey
  • “You could be the most perfect woman on the Lord’s green earth—you’re capable of interesting conversation, you cook a mean breakfast, you hand out backrubs like sandwiches, you’re independent (which means, to him, that you’re not going to be in his pockets)—but if he’s not ready for a serious relationship, he’s going to treat you like a sports fish.”-Steve Harvey
  • “A woman’s love — it stands the test of time, logic, and all circumstance.”-Steve Harvey
  • “Love comes in every color—and if a person finds love and that person is of a different race from him or her, it shouldn’t matter because the two of them found love.”-Steve Harvey
  • “Don’t be afraid to lose him, because if a man truly loves you, he’s not going anywhere.”-Steve Harvey
  • “But if he loves you, he will profess it, he will provide for you, and he will protect you.”-Steve Harvey

Quotes on Acting

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Whenever you need the inspiration to survive and live the life of passion for acting, read these acting quotes from most favorite actors. 

  • "Find in yourself those human things which are universal."- Sanford Meisner
  • "The more personal, the more universal."- Gary Ballinger
  • An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease."- Michael Chekhov
  • "Use what you know. Don't worry about what you don't know."- Michael Shurtleff
  • "The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."- Stella Adler
  • "An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words."- Sanford Meisner
  • Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find the more interesting the performance."- Michael Shurtleff
  • "The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation."- Stella Adler
  • "Creating a relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential."- Michael Shurtleff
  • "Listening is not merely hearing. Listening is reacting. Listening is being affected by what you hear. Listening is active."- Michael Shurtleff
  • "I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point."- Michael Caine
  • "Whatever you decide is your motivation in the scene, the opposite of that is also true and should be in it."- Michael Shurtleff
  • "Every scene you will ever act begins in the middle, and it is up to you, the actor, to provide what comes before."- Michael Shurtleff

Inspirational Acting Quotes

Inspirational Acting Quotes
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If you need inspiration for acting, the below acting quotes from actors should be the best source of inspiration for you. May one of these famous actors is your favorite.

  • “Every movie I make I find kind of excruciating. I get a lot back from it, but I feel like I’m kind of always working at the edge of my ability. I guess that’s what I’m looking for when I go to work. I am trying to become the edge.”-Michelle Williams
  • "If you do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable."- Jack Lemmon
  • “I think there was something in me at a young age that was not worried about success but was worried about becoming a better actor.”-Paul Dano
  • "Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly."- Rosalind Russell
  • "Good acting -- real acting is impossible to spot. Do you ever catch talents like Robert Duvall or Kathy Bates acting? No. I defy you to show me where."- William Esper
  • "No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”-Lupita Nyong’o
  • “When you work on anything, you want to find the range of impulses. which ones get portrayed is another question, but you want to have that complexity and that fullness, even if you’re playing a cartoon character.”-Willem Dafoe
  • “I’m sure acting is a deeply neurotic thing to do.”-Ralph Fiennes
  • “Actors should not feel scared, about the fact that they’re scared. I think it’s a good sign.”-Naomie Harris
  • “All I would tell people is to hold on to what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your terms.”-Harrison Ford
  • “Find out who you are & embrace it. It’s so much easier to face criticism when you are comfortable in your skin.”-Amy Adams
  • "I need to go where people are serious about acting."- Meryl Streep


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