Quotations on Performance

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My first impression when I made it through was 'Good, because I'm going to prove to you that I deserve to be here', because they told me that sometimes I lack confidence in my performance and sometimes I'm not as consistent as they'd like me to be.
- Naima Adedapo
(Keywords: Impression, Performance, Confidence, First)

When a performance isn't working, it's usually because the actor is trying to do something and they're not able to express their idea very well. It's a muddled expression.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Idea, Performance, Actor, Expression, Trying)

Performance art is about joy, about making something that's so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can't put into words.
- Laurie Anderson
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Joy, Words)

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Character, Performance, Virtue, Actions)

I used to watch the world as if it was a performance and I would realize that certain things that people did moved me, and certain things didn't move me, and I tried to analyze, even at that age, six and seven and eight, why I was moved by certain things they did.
- Alan Arkin
(Keywords: Age, People, Performance, World)

Well, I think In Love and War, which had a wonderful performance by Sandy, Sandra Bullock, who the authorities and, the supposed authorities, in cinema didn't want to know about.
- Richard Attenborough
(Keywords: Love, War, Performance, Cinema, Want)

David has asked me, a number of people have asked me and said, What performance do you like best or what's the best film you've made and so on and I don't really have any hesitation that the film I'm least embarrassed by and ashamed of or uneasy about is Shadowlands.
- Richard Attenborough
(Keywords: People, Performance, Film, Hesitation)

I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media.
- Milton Babbitt
(Keywords: Music, Performance, Media, Public, Service, World)

Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Financial, Performance, Innovation, Listening, Results, Years)

What does my performance have to do with Russell Crowe's? Nothing. If I play Gladiator and we all play Gladiator with Ridley Scott in the same amount of time, maybe we have a chance to see who did it best.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: Time, Performance, Chance, Nothing, Play)

It's such a joy to work with different ensembles and create a collaboration. Rehearsing and building a performance is very interesting for me.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Work, Performance, Building, Collaboration, Joy)

China has legally purchased high performance computers, advanced machine tools, and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment from several American companies.
- Charles Foster Bass
(Keywords: Computers, Performance, American, Machine, Tools)

I don't rehearse films as much as opera or theatre. When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea. Experience showed me that the best performance was often left in a rehearsal room.
- Bruce Beresford
(Keywords: Experience, Thought, Idea, Performance, Opera, Theatre)

Wal-Mart hires average people but squeezes above average performance and results out of them.
- Michael Bergdahl
(Keywords: People, Performance, Results)

I've always wanted to stay involved with young people. I never bought into the idea that entertainers owe nothing to their audience except a good performance.
- Pat Boone
(Keywords: People, Idea, Performance, Nothing)

I was driven to give the best possible performance I could based on the material that was given to me and that material was documentary footage of the President speaking to people.
- Timothy Bottoms
(Keywords: People, Performance, President)

People should be judged on the basis of their performance, not nationality, personality, education, or personal traits and skills.
- Marvin Bower
(Keywords: Education, People, Performance, Nationality, Personality)

Performance art can be produced in a coffee house setting.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Coffee)

Performance art can involve the audience with taste, smell and sounds not available with electronic media and not practical with conventional theater. This is due to the usually small audience.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Media, Taste, Theater)

We're all so mauled by information, but it's recycled information. We need to shut it out. So, you've got to get bizarre. This is an artist's purpose - to break away from the recycled. Performance art can do that.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Purpose, Artist, Bizarre, Information)

All good performance pieces have some philosophical validity. That's the difference between mere theater and performance art.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Difference, Theater, Validity)

Performance art is the ultimate in creativity. Since it has so many possibilities at creativity, it's essence tends to become creativity.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Creativity, Performance, Possibilities)

A performance art piece is unprecedented. It is difficult to censor since it has a good possibility of never being done before.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Possibility, Being)

My best kiss was on stage. Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child gave me a really nice soft kiss on my lips during a performance on my birthday. It was amazing.
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: Birthday, Kiss, Performance, Destiny)

What is a good performance? It lies in the hands and head of a performer... the shortest way between two people is not a straight line.
- Earle Brown
(Keywords: People, Performance, Lies)

The Imperial German Government will not expect the Government of the United States to omit any word or any act necessary to the performance of its sacred duty of maintaining the rights of the United States and its citizens and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment.
- William Jennings Bryan
(Keywords: Government, Performance, Act, Duty, Enjoyment, Exercise, Rights, states, United, Will, Word)

As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien.
- Gavin Bryars
(Keywords: Art, Music, Time, Idea, Performance, Artists, Painting, Theatre, Writing)

People often argue about this. Obviously one of the skills in performance is acting, and you can't expect every Romeo to really be in love with their Juliet!
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Love, People, Performance, Acting)

The perception is that baseball's players' union is protecting players to use steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
- Jim Bunning
(Keywords: Perception, Performance, Baseball, Drugs)

The United States have fulfilled in good faith all their treaty stipulations with the Indian tribes, and have in every other instance insisted upon a like performance of their obligations.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Faith, Performance, states, United)

I think my expectations for myself are much more severe and much more direct. You can't work on a film for six years without being your own toughest critic. So you can't really be distracted by the expectations based on your previous performance.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: Work, Performance, Being, Expectations, Film, Years)

If all of us would require the same level of performance from ourselves as we expect from government, this city will forever be the city that works.
- Jane Byrne
(Keywords: Government, Performance, Will)

We gave up on the idea of trying to make the record a good representation of the live performance.
- John Cale
(Keywords: Idea, Performance, Trying)

If you go on stage with the wrong attitude, or something in your performance is off, you can lose an audience in the first minute. That first minute is crucial.
- Allan Carr
(Keywords: Attitude, Performance, First, Wrong)

Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth, as was demonstrated with Watergate, we as the public are absolutely right to remain suspicious, contemptuous even, of the secrecy and the misinformation which is the digest of our news.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: Truth, Performance, News, Public, Right, Secrecy)

When the first big paycheque with 'Dumb And Dumber' hit, I went: 'Gosh, I wonder if this will affect my performance. Will I do a take and think, was that worth $7 million?' But that never happened. If anything, it made me rebel against that thing when people who get rich start playing it safe.
- Jim Carrey
(Keywords: People, Performance, First, Will, Wonder, Worth)

From George Washington to George W. Bush, presidents have invoked God's name in the performance of their official duties.
- Linda Chavez
(Keywords: God, Performance, Name, Washington)

Mutual fund managers are trapped in this rather deadly vicious circle: the more successful they are, the more money flows into their mutual fund. Then, it is more difficult for them to beat the market averages or even to match their own past performance.
- Ron Chernow
(Keywords: Money, Successful, Performance, Managers, Past)

I performed adequately at school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school, my performance was decidedly mediocre.
- Steven Chu
(Keywords: Brother, Performance, School)

When you are new to the business, you think if you give a really bad performance, that's one they will print. You will be judged. You just have to be brave.
- Robbie Coltrane
(Keywords: Business, Performance, Will)

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
- James Bryant Conant
(Keywords: Life, Performance, Aristocracy, Excellence)

New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.
- Andrew Cuomo
(Keywords: Government, Time, Boss, Performance, Blush, Corruption, Disgrace, Now, State, Taxes)

All of us are trying to achieve 100 percent in our work. That's all we struggle to do. We never do, but we never stop trying until the day we die. It's that struggle to achieve 100 percent, that's where our performance lies, that's what the audience gets. They get the struggle.
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Keywords: Work, Performance, Day, Lies, Struggle, Trying)

Good acting is consistency of performance.
- Jim Dale
(Keywords: Consistency, Performance, Acting)

It's about getting a more democratic Wales for the purpose of improving our economic performance, for improving the delivery of health care, for raising educational standards.
- Ron Davies
(Keywords: Health, Performance, Purpose, Care)

Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.
- Marc Davis
(Keywords: Experience, Performance, Ability, Actor, Artist, Body, Giving)

The trouble with the performance poets is that they don't seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison
(Keywords: Work, Performance, Poets, Sense, Tradition, Trouble)

If you take my performance or my understanding of the role and my appreciation for story and then dress it in CGI, that I guess becomes an action film.
- Vin Diesel
(Keywords: Action, Performance, Appreciation, Dress, Film, Understanding)

The same things we've done the past couple of seasons. We've worked on the engine and clutch. We'll try and pick up the performance and consistency of the car and go back out there.
- Larry Dixon
(Keywords: Car, Consistency, Performance, Past, Seasons)

Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a concert than for an opera performance.
- Placido Domingo
(Keywords: Money, Performance, Opera)



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