Selected Quotes about Theater

The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name. -- Enid Bagnold

For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture. -- Sarah Bernhardt

The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions. -- Sarah Bernhardt

There was a time when all these things would have passed me by, like the flitting figures of a theatre, sufficient for the amusement of an hour. But now, I have lost the power of looking merely on the surface. -- Lydia Maria Child

I had learned to have a perfect nausea for the theatre: the continual repetition of the same words and the same gestures, night after night, and the caprices, the way of looking at life, and the entire rigmarole disgusted me. -- Isadora Duncan

Be reflective...and stay away from the theater as much as you can. Stay out of the theatrical world, out of its petty interests, its inbreeding tendencies, its stifling atmosphere, its corroding influence. Once become “theatricalized,” and you are lost, my friend; you are lost. -- Minnie Maddern Fiske

The world's a theatre, the earth a stage, Which God and nature do with actors fill -- John Heywood

Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire. -- Abbie Hoffman

Reviewers...must normally function as huff-and-puff artists blowing laggard theatergoers stageward. -- Walter Kerr

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! -- William Shakespeare

No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world. -- Kenneth Tynan

I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon. -- Orson Welles

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. -- Thornton Wilder

Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them. -- Thornton Wilder

The theatre is supremely fitted to say: "Behold! These things are." Yet most dramatists employ it to say: "This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action." -- Thornton Wilder

The unencumbered stage encourages the truth operative in everyone. The less seen, the more heard. The eye is the enemy of the ear in real drama. -- Thornton Wilder

We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it. -- Thornton Wilder

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