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Copyright © 2014
by John Kremer


The Quotable Books Series ...

How to Act

Advice on How to Live
and Act from Actors, Comedians, Directors, Producers, Playwrights,
and Screenwriters


Click on either of the book covers on this page to order and download the book as a Kindle ebook for only 99 cents.

(sample quotations from the book)

If the grass is greener in the other fellow's yard—let him worry about cutting it. — Fred Allen, comedian

Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. — Woody Allen, actor, producer, and director

Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success. — Jim Backus, actor and comedian

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. — Lucille Ball, comedienne and actress

Don't shake too much when you run, don't wear false eyelashes in the water, and always smile. — Yasmine Bleeth, actress, advice to new cast members of Baywatch TV show

My advice about acting? Speak clearly, don't bump into people, and if you must have motivation, think of your pay packet on Friday. — Noel Coward, playwright

A trustworthy marriage has weathered temptation and anger and jealousy and resentment and a little bit of selfishness. When you get over and get through that, then maybe you can see the light of love. — Ruby Dee, actress

I wouldn’t say I’m like a mad-scientist dreamer, but I don’t think small. What’s the point? You owe it to yourself to follow your dreams. — Aaron Eckhart, actor

Audrey Hepburn

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person. — Audrey Hepburn, actress

Don't act. Just speak the lines, hit your marks, and tell the truth. — Katharine Hepburn, actress, advice given to actor Anthony Hopkins

Acting, at its heart, is the ability to manipulate your own emotions…. You can’t think about it. You can’t plan it. You just have to let your emotions flow through you. — Scarlett Johansson, actress

Jack Krugman on Human Emotion

The most basic unit of any successful dramatic truth is human feeling. Not a quick joke, not a clever premise, not a multimillion dollar explosion can out-perform a single human emotion. — Jack Klugman, actor

The secret to success is to just put one foot in front of the other, and don’t get too far ahead of yourself. — Julianne Moore, actress

The miracle is this—the more we share, the more we have. — Leonard Nimoy, actor

Families are like fudge: mostly sweet with a few nuts. —Rosie O’Donnell, comedian

Love is overrated. Biochemically no different than eating large quantities of chocolate. — Al Pacino, actor

Truth is like the sun. You can shut
it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. — Elvis Presley, singer and actor

A fool and his money are soon parted—which is why I never go out with a guy whose IQ is over fifty. — Joan Rivers, comedienne

If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains. — Diana Ross, singer and actress

Come to work on time, know your lines, and don't bump into other actors. — Spencer Tracy, actor

Do what you got to do so that you can do what you want to do. And fail big. — Denzel Washington, actor

I've always followed my father's advice: He told me, first, to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble. — John Wayne, actor

There are three rules of the theater: Show up on time, learn your lines, and don't fall off the stage. — The Writer movie

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