Sir Laurence Olivier Quotes (25 quotations)

1. Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult. - Sir Laurence Olivier

2. Autograph-hunting is the most unattractive manifestation of sex-starved curiosity. - Sir Laurence Olivier

3. Have a very good reason for everything you do. - Sir Laurence Olivier

4. I believe in the theater; I believe in it as the first glamorizer of thought. It restores dramatic dynamics and their relations to life size. - Sir Laurence Olivier

5. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

6. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

7. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

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

9. I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it. - Sir Laurence Olivier

10. I take a simple view of living. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it. - Sir Laurence Olivier

11. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

12. If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey. - Sir Laurence Olivier

13. I'm rather bored by the subject-meaning me. It's a sort of a yoke, but at times you know, a yoke is a kind of comfort. And it's always there. - Sir Laurence Olivier

14. It's just like a nursery game of make-believe. - Sir Laurence Olivier

15. Lead the audience by the nose to the thought. - Sir Laurence Olivier

16. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

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

18. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

19. The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand. - Sir Laurence Olivier

20. 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. - Sir Laurence Olivier

21. There is a spirit in us that makes our brass to blare and our cymbals crash-all, of course, supported by the practicalities of trained lung power, throat, heart, guts. - Sir Laurence Olivier

22. This isn't Hamlet, you know, It's not meant to go into the bloody ear. - Sir Laurence Olivier

23. We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act. - Sir Laurence Olivier

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

25. When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part. - Sir Laurence Olivier

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