Audience Quotes

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Alfred Hitchcock
“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”
Alfred Hitchcock

Don Roff
“Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible.”
Don Roff

Thomas de Quincey
“But my way of writing is rather to think aloud, and follow my own humours, than much to consider who is listening to me; and, if I stop to consider what is proper to be said to this or that person, I shall soon come to doubt whether any part at all is proper.”
Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Frank Capra
“I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.”
Frank Capra

Chuck Palahniuk
“The best way to waste your life is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate. Let Big Brother do the singing and dancing for you. Be a reporter. Be a good witness. A grateful member of the
audience.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

Chip Heath
“To make our communications more effective, we need to shift our thinking from "What information do I need to convey?" to "What questions do I want my audience to ask?”
Chip Heath, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Chuck Palahniuk
“Like the he-man movie stars who turn out to be queer . . . or the silent-film actors whose voices sound terrible recorded--the audience only wants a limited amount of honesty. [ellipses original]”
Chuck Palahniuk

John Steinbeck
“Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one.”
John Steinbeck

Craig Ferguson
“I think comedy as an art involves the audience as a participant as much as is involves the artist.”
craig ferguson

Robert McKee
“Given the choice between trivial material brilliantly told versus profound material badly told, an audience will always choose the trivial told brilliantly.”
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

“A director is a general in charge of an army of traitors like any showman. An audience will love you, laugh with you and wait outside your stage door when you're hot and on a roll, but no audience is ever truly friendly. Not for long. Bore 'em or disappoint 'em - even once - and they'll turn on you and tear you to pieces, regardless of who you are or might once have been.”
Richard Stanley

Frances de Pontes Peebles
“Fame is longing. Not yours, but the audience’s. A star is nothing more, nothing less, than the public face of private desire.”
Frances de Pontes Peebles, The Air You Breathe

Peter Watson
“One of the many innovations of modernism was the new demands it placed on the audience. Music, painting, literature, even architecture, would never again be quite so 'easy' as they had been.”
Peter Watson, A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind: A History

Don DeLillo
“When my head is in the typewriter the last thing on my mind is some imaginary reader. I don’t have an audience; I have a set of standards. But when I think of my work out in the world, written and published, I like to imagine it’s being read by some stranger somewhere who doesn’t have anyone around him to talk to about books and writing—maybe a would-be writer, maybe a little lonely, who depends on a certain kind of writing to make him feel more comfortable in the world.”
Don DeLillo

Elizabeth Berg
“Actors, painters, dancers, comedians, even just ordinary people doing ordinary things, what are they without an audience of some sort? See, that's what I do. I am the audience. I am the witness, I am the great appreciator that's what I do and that's all I want to do. I worked for a lot of years. I did a lot of things for a lot of years. Now, here I am in the rocking chair, and I don't mind it, Lucille. I don't feel useless. I feel lucky.”
Elizabeth Berg, The Story of Arthur Truluv

Enock Maregesi
“Lengo la jina la kitabu ni kuishawishi hadhira kusoma dibaji, na lengo la dibaji ni kuishawishi hadhira kusoma salio la kitabu kizima.”
Enock Maregesi

E. Haldeman-Julius
“If I had done nothing more than bring McCabe's talents to the attention of what has become a world-wide audience--if I had done only this job, I believe I'd have established myself as a force for mass education and enlightenment with immediate and constructive effects on the thinking portion of the population. My association with McCabe has been enough to build a career for anyone.

{Julius on legendary scholar Joseph McCabe}”
E. Haldeman-Julius

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The funny part of being funny is when you start seeing your fans writing funny words and attributing them to you.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Daniel Mendelsohn
“This consideration takes us very close to what it is that makes Greek tragedy “tragic.” A play about an unambiguously heroic young woman, someone’s mother or sister or daughter, squaring off against an unambiguously villainous general or king, a man greedy for military renown or for power, would not be morally interesting. What gives Antigone and Agamemnon and other plays their special and unforgettable force is that they present the irresistible spectacle of two worldviews, each with its own force, harrowingly locked in irreducible conflict. And yet while the characters in these plays are unable to countenance, let alone accept, their opponents’ viewpoints, the audience is being invited to do just that—to weigh and compare the principles the characters adhere to, to reflect on the necessity of seeing the whole and on the difficulties of keeping the parts in equilibrium. Or, at least, to appreciate the costs of sacrificing some values for others, when the occasion demands.”
Daniel Mendelsohn

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you want to be successful, you must learn to be loyal audience of your own self because in life difficult times will arrive, you will have no one to applaud you, no one but you!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Why did they insulate us from criticism? Why didn't they load us up with useful tools? Why didn't they teach us to satisfy an audience? I realized I had been scammed. They wanted us to feel as good as possible for as long as possible in order to get as much money out of us as they could. The way to do that was to assure us we were already geniuses.”
Matt Bird, The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers

“Never let up. In stories, things go from bad to worse, even if nobody wants them to. If she wants to apologize, interrupt her. Whenever anyone is about to release tension, interrupt her. Is the couple on the date about to kiss? Pull them apart. You migh think the audience will love you if you give them what they want. Not true. Make them want it, then yank it away.”
Matt Bird, The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers

“Never let up. In stories, things go from bad to worse, even if nobody wants them to. If she wants to apologize, interrupt her. Whenever anyone is about to release tension, interrupt her. Is the couple on the date about to kiss? Pull them apart. You might think the audience will love you if you give them what they want. Not true. Make them want it, then yank it away.”
Matt Bird, The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers

Astolphe de Custine
“Vous valez pour moi tout un public, car il y a un monde en vous.”
Astolphe de Custine

“Be careful with those people who get pleasure in bringing up your past, especially when there are in the presence of a like-minded audience, and whose sole attempt is to reduce you”
Charmaine J Forde

“When you're on stage, the audience becomes your other half. It's the ultimate high you can reach as a musician - an incredible feeling. No matter where I am it's still the same; there's a reason we call music the universal language.”
Laura Branigan

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Sports benefit the spectators the least.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The same sermon can be preached to the same audience, many times over, in the same manner, and the Holy Spirit can change it to sound totally different, as He moves and wills.”
Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

David Mamet
“The audience can endorse the triviality of modern art, but they can’t like it.”
David Mamet, On Directing Film

“Be careful with those people who think they are lessening you, by continuously bringing up your past; especially when they are in the presence of a like-minded audience.”
Charmaine J Forde

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