14 Inspirational Quotes by Stella Alder

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  • 14 Inspirational Quotes by Stella Alder

    Her powerful advice to actors…

    (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips)


    (Stella Adler)


    “No actor is a success unless he feels inside himself, as long as he lives, that he is good. If you don’t feel that you’re good, no money can give it to you! No applause can give it to you! No symbol of success can give it to you!”


    “The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.”


    “You must not fail because somebody out there doesn’t give you a job. And the way not to fail is that for every hour you spend making money you must find a way that will help you.”


    “The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.”


    “Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.”


    “Drawing on the emotions I experienced — for example, when my mother died — to create a role is sick and schizophrenic. If that is acting, I don’t want to do it.”


    Act with your soul. You do not act with words. You act with your soul!”


    “You can’t be boring. Life is boring. The weather is boring. Actors must not be boring.”


    “You can say two plus two equals four and make it seem quite unremarkable. You can also say two plus two equals four in a way that reveals that it is an idea that took millions of years to evolve.”


    “In your choices lies your talent.”


    “The play is not in the words, it’s in you!”


    “Never explain, never complain.”


    “The word “theatre” comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.”


    “Life beats you down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.”


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