Acting Quotes:- Acting is an activity in which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor or actress who adopts a character—in theatre, television, film, radio, or any other medium that makes use of the mimetic mode.

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old acting quotes, acting sayings, and acting proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

List of Famous Motivational Acting Quotes and Sayings


Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.

Rodney Dangerfield


Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.

Alicia Witt


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


Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

George Burns


The art of acting consists of keeping people from coughing.

Ralph Richardson


Acting is a marvelous profession … If you can spend enough time playing other people, you don’t have to think too much about your own character and motivations.

Dean Koontz


Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. Quitting acting, that’s the sign of maturity.

Marlon Brando


Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you’re someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.

Katharine Hepburn


People acting in their own self-interest is the fuel for all the discovery, innovation, and prosperity that powers the world.

John Stossel


Acting is not about being famous, it’s about exploring the human soul.

Annette Bening


Best Inspirational Acting Quotes And Sayings


Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.

River Phoenix


Acting is always a challenge.

Robert Downey


Film acting is one of the only industries where you’re criticized for working hard. In any other industry, it’s considered a quality and something to behold.

Nicolas Cage


Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience.

Paul Newman


Great acting is not easy; anyone who says it is is either shallow or a charlatan. And one of the hardest things about acting is admitting that it is hard.

Robert Cohen


Acting is the half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself.

John Gielgud


Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.

Kate Reid


Acting is a spiritual quest to touch human beings.

Larry Moss


Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You’re never as good as you’d like to be. So there’s always something to hope for.

Washington Irving


Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.

George Eliot


Motivational Acting Quotes and Proverbs


Acting is happy agony.

Jean-Paul Sartre


Acting is a sport. On stage, you must be ready to move like a tennis player on his toes. Your concentration must be keen, your reflexes sharp; your body and mind are in top gear, the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre, people pay to see energy.

Clive Swift


Acting doesn’t bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.

Marguerite Duras


Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.

Ellen Barkin


Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.

Glenda Jackson


I really think that effective action has to do literally with the movement of molecules.

Charlotte Whitton


I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.

Nancy Reagan


Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.

Rosalind Russell


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

Meryl Streep


As always, with acting, you can’t be too self-conscious. You shouldn’t care about what people are thinking about you at the time because they’re not caring about you, they’re caring about the character.

Freddie Highmore