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And the test for any actor is whether you stay at the table or go away. ...
by Frank Langella

And the test for any actor is whether you stay at the table or go away.
- Frank Langella

I grew up in a household where everybody lived at the top of his lungs.
- Frank Langella

But when I was seven or eight, I did my first little piece of acting.
- Frank Langella

Intelligence is enormously sexy.
- Frank Langella

 

I'm hardly disinterested totally in my appearance.
- Frank Langella

If you're lucky as you get older, you respect the craft and it becomes a skill.
- Frank Langella

I watch actors destroy themselves by trying to get it right.
- Frank Langella

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Each of us needs something - food, liquor,
pot, whatever - to help us survive.
Dracula needs blood.
- Frank Langella

What helped me most were my failures and slumps -
when I couldn't get work,
people weren't interested in me or had written me off.
- Frank Langella

I now want to be playing parts more interesting to
me and more exciting to me.
- Frank Langella

Then, for a hot three or four weeks I wanted to be a concert pianist.
- Frank Langella

The only thing you have then to believe in is your craft.
- Frank Langella

The last few years have been pretty hectic.
- Frank Langella

It's a living, breathing thing, acting.
- Frank Langella

Physical qualities don't really matter much.
- Frank Langella

Absolutely.
I can produce.
I can write.
I can direct.
- Frank Langella

But in order to be the thing you want to be,
you have to work like a dog at the thing you love.
- Frank Langella

There's a great deal of attention paid and books written
about this change of life in a woman,
and really very little written about a man's change of life.
- Frank Langella

But I think one of the reasons I tend to stay in the
water most of the time is I distrust the comfort.
- Frank Langella

It's interesting to fantasize having a man sink his
teeth into your neck for sustenance,
knowing that it isn't going to be terribly painful
but rather very exciting.
- Frank Langella

As a matter of fact, I rarely ever play myself.
- Frank Langella

There are no taboos in bed, and there shouldn't be any taboos in bed.
- Frank Langella

However, I don't by any means suggest that I'm always playing myself.
- Frank Langella

My body of work means nothing to me.
- Frank Langella

I just feel that no matter what comes in a career -
and mine has been all over the map -
you must stay at the table,
pick up the cards you're dealt and play them.
- Frank Langella

I always signed autographs when I could and always
stayed and chatted with them when I could.
- Frank Langella

One of the safest places to be in the world is the stage.
- Frank Langella

I'm a firm believer in absolute honesty.
- Frank Langella

Revelations come when you're in the thick of it,
pitting yourself up against something larger than yourself.
- Frank Langella

We do most of what we do out of our sexual energy and our sexual needs.
- Frank Langella

You start acting in spite of your neuroses,
not because of them.
- Frank Langella

I'm hardly a saint.
- Frank Langella

There is no right in acting.
- Frank Langella

But I firmly believe that you can't be emotionally
free until you are emotionally committed.
- Frank Langella

Vampires are sexy to a woman perhaps because the fantasy
is similar to that of the man on the white horse sweeping her off to paradise.
- Frank Langella

I'd always felt a man should marry later in life.
- Frank Langella

I have always felt the basis of everything in life is sexual,
and I will maintain that to my dying day.
- Frank Langella

I have a list a mile long of faults that sometimes
bring me to my knees in self-hatred.
- Frank Langella

The best kind of kinky sex is to have kinky sex with your wife or husband,
the person you love.
- Frank Langella

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
- Richard Bach

Eternity:
I am drawn to the wild edge of the ocean of my being
My curiosity unbound, I test the limits
of the limitless and the boundaries of the timeless.
I walk the path - the way - the way of ways -
to the end which is not an end.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous

Every formula of every religion has, in this age of reason,
to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.
If it be true that optimism compels the world forward,
and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to
propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
- Helen Keller

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The difference between school and life?
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
- Tom Bodett

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what
you were worrying about one year ago today.
- E. Joseph Cossman

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The real test of friendship is: can you literally do
nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those
moments of life that are utterly simple?
- Eugene Kennedy

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.
It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan,
whose blood is in your own veins.
- Charles Alexander Eastman

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind
him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
- Walter Lippmann

It is not our place to know the mind of God.
Spirit knows what is best in the long run -
best for each of us individually,
and best for humanity as a whole.
This is often very difficult to accept
when we see war and disease in the world
and experience physical and emotional suffering
in ourselves, our family, and our friends.
I consider this belief in God's infinite power
and ultimate wisdom to be the true test of faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The test of our progress is not whether we add more
to the abundance of those who have much it is whether
we provide enough for those who have little.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at;
its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
- David Allan Coe

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability
to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time
and still retain the ability to function.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience.
Freaks were born with their trauma.
They've already passed their test in life.
They're aristocrats.
- Diane Arbus

Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures,
but only a small test of great ones.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

And we have the most scrutinized election system in the United States,
and we have met every test.
- Kenneth Blackwell

I told the truth, and I did it on national TV in a lie-detector test.
- Paula Jones

If I knew I was positive, why would I have ever gone to PAW to take a test?
- Marc Wallice

Calamity is the test of integrity.
- Samuel Richardson

Newborn screening is a public health intervention that
involves a simple blood test used to identify many
life-threatening genetic illnesses before any symptoms begin.
- Lucille Roybal-Allard

We all have to stand by our life's work as the true
test of what we have done for the world.
- Matthew Lesko

The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those
who can be of no possible service to him.
- William Lyon Phelps

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

People's ability to forget what they do not want to know,
to overlook what is before their eyes,
was seldom put to the test better than in Germany at that time.
- W. G. Sebald


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