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“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.”
Constantin Stanislavski, My Life In Art
“In the language of an actor, to know is synonymous with to feel”
Constantin Stanislavski, Creating a Role
“Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him.”
Constantin Stanislavski
“If you have a rifle, hanging on the wall in the first act, it should fire in the last act”.”
Stanislavski, Constantin S.
“If you are looking for something, don't go sit on the seashore and expect it to come and find you; you must search, search, search with all the stubbornness in you!”
Konstantin Stanislavski, Building a Character
“You can kill the King without a sword, and you can light the fire without a match. What needs to burn is your imagination.”
Constantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares
“The theatre infects the audience with its noble ecstasy.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
“In the circle of light on the state in the midst of darkness, you have the sensation of being entirely alone... This is called solitude in public... During a performance, before an audience of thousands, you can always enclose yourself in this circle, like a snail in its shell... You can carry it wherever you go.”
Constantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares
“I was truly happy. But my state was not that of any ordinary satisfaction. It was a joy which stemmed directly from creative, artistic achievement.”
Konstantin Stanislavski, Building a Character
“Everyone at every minute of his life must feel something. Only the dead have no sensations.”
Konstantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares
“Today the Director opened his remarks by telling us what we must always do when the author, the director, and the others who are working on a production, leave out things we need to know. We must have, first of all, an unbroken series of supposed circumstances in the midst of which our exercise is played. Secondly we must have a solid line of inner visions bound up with those circumstances, so that they will be illustrated for us. During every moment we are on the stage, during every moment of the development of the action of the play, we must be aware either of the external circumstances which surround us (the whole material setting of the production), or of an inner chain of circumstances which we ourselves have imagined in order to illustrate our parts. Out of these moments will be formed an unbroken series of images, something like a moving picture. As long as we are acting creatively, this film will unroll and be thrown on the screen of our inner vision, making vivid the circumstances among which we are moving. Moreover, these inner images create a corresponding mood, and arouse emotions, while holding us within the limits of the play.”
Konstantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares
“Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
“The actor does not live, he plays. He remains cold toward the object of his acting but his art must be perfection.”
Konstantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares
tags: acting
“It is not enough to discover the secret of a play, its thought and feelings—the actor must be able to convert them into living terms.”
Konstantin Stanislavski, Creating a Role
“Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they are difficult to satisfy. All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
“Never lose yourself on the stage. Always act in your own person, as an artist. The moment you lose yourself on the stage marks the departure from truly living your part and the beginning of exaggerated false acting. Therefore, no matter how much you act, how many parts you take, you should never allow yourself any exception to the rule of using your own feelings. To break that rule is the equivalent of killing the person you are portraying, because you deprive him of a palpitating, living, human soul, which is the real source of life for a part”
Konstantin Stanislavski
tags: acting
“In every physical action, unless it is purely mechanical, there is concealed some inner action, some feelings. This is how the two levels of life in a part are created, the inner and the outer. They are intertwined. A common purpose brings them together and reinforces the unbreakable bond.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
tags: acting
“The verbal text of a play, especially one by a genius, is the manifestation of the clarity, the subtlety, the concrete power to express invisible thoughts and feelings of the author himself. Inside each and every word there is an emotion, a thought, that produced the word and justifies its being there.”
Konstantin Stanislavski, Creating a Role
“Не всё то золото, что блестит со сцены.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
“Doubt is the enemy of creativeness.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
“Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
tags: art
“Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
tags: talent
“The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it.”
Konstantin Stanislavski
tags: wisdom
“Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.”
Konstantin Stanislavski


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