Quotations by Laurence Olivier

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Born: Wednesday, May 22, 1907
Died: Tuesday, July 11, 1989 (82 years old)
Profession: Actor
Nationality: English


Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Acting, Occupation)

Have a very good reason for everything you do.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Reason)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Culture, Theater)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Work, Heart, Knowledge, Actor)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Actor, Eyes)

I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Gods, Act, Actor, Shakespeare)

I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Eyes, Open)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: God, People, Shakespeare)

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

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Thought)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Love, Time, Sacrifice, Disappointment, Living, Storms, Today, Word)

My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Film, Moments)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Instinct)

The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Actor, Universe)

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.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Purpose, Comedy, Disgust, Drama, Emotions, Exercise, Expression, Light, Office, Tears, Terror, Tragedy)

We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Act)

We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Time, Kings, Politicians)

When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part.
- Laurence Olivier
(Keywords: Character, Man)







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