Quotations on Performance

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There's got to be a backbone, there's got to be a skeleton to the whole way I perform, but you never want to hit the same note twice during a performance, I think. I think it's always got to be fresh so it doesn't bore me, and I always want to go out on edge.
- Casey Abrams
(Keywords: Performance, Want)

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)

When we get the final hardware, the performance is just going to skyrocket.
- J Allard
(Keywords: Performance, Hardware)

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)

Sometimes when I see a performance that really takes me, I struggle. How can I express this to this person, I want this person to know how I felt. I want to get this across, and it's not very easy.
- John Astin
(Keywords: Performance, Struggle, Want)

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)

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
- Red Auerbach
(Keywords: Performance, Promise, World, Worth)

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)

What comprises good performance? The ability through singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the true content and affect of a composition.
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Keywords: Performance, Ability, Content, Singing)

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)

Royalties are not how most writers or musicians make their living. Musicians by and large make a living with a relationship with an audience that is economically harnessed through performance and ticket sales.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Performance, Living, Musicians, Sales, Writers)

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)

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Performance, Reading)

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)

An emotional performance is usually more instinctive to an actor.
- Alan Bates
(Keywords: Performance, Actor)

A lawyer's performance in the courtroom is responsible for about 25 percent of the outcome; the remaining 75 percent depends on the facts.
- Melvin Belli
(Keywords: Performance, Facts)

I think the lawyers are such incredible actors. Can you imagine the performance they have to do every day?
- Monica Bellucci
(Keywords: Performance, Actors, Day, Lawyers)

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 think these awards are always nice for a player but they also reflect well on the club. It shows that Arsenal's performance have been noted all around the world and it helps by having so many good players around me.
- Dennis Bergkamp
(Keywords: Performance, Awards, World)

The Steve Allen Sunday night show had the right to two options after my first performance.
- Shelley Berman
(Keywords: Performance, First, Night, Options, Right)

The most memorable performance was my appearance in concert in Carnegie Hall. The first standup to do so.
- Shelley Berman
(Keywords: Performance, Appearance, First)

I like the energy of live performance.
- Sandra Bernhard
(Keywords: Performance, Energy)

The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.
- Humphrey Bogart
(Keywords: Performance, Public)

All you owe the public is a good performance.
- Humphrey Bogart
(Keywords: Performance, Public)

I have a chef who makes sure that I'm getting the right amounts of carbs, proteins and fats throughout the day to keep me at my max performance level.
- Barry Bonds
(Keywords: Performance, Day, Right)

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)

Actors should be overheard, not listened to, and the audience is 50 percent of the performance.
- Shirley Booth
(Keywords: Performance, Actors)

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)

Drugs won't enhance your performance.
- Morgan Brittany
(Keywords: Performance, Drugs)

Let your performance do the thinking.
- Charlotte Bronte
(Keywords: Performance, Thinking)

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)

That's the only way to do it. Just like an actor. You can get a great performance if you do a bunch of takes and edit it. You find the moments and string them together.
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Keywords: Performance, Actor, Moments)

Good performance is about the capacity to focus and concentrate.
- Betty Buckley
(Keywords: Performance, Focus)

Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance. That translates into pacing a story, pleasing a reading audience.
- Jimmy Buffett
(Keywords: Performance, Instinct, Reading, Song, Years)



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