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It took several years of hard work in small roles ...
by Bela Lugosi

It took several years of hard work in small roles before I attained stardom.
- Bela Lugosi

In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself
as earnestly as one studies for a degree in medicine,
law, or philosophy.
- Bela Lugosi

You can't make people believe in you if you play a
horror part with your tongue in your cheek.
- Bela Lugosi

I'll be truthful.
The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me.
- Bela Lugosi

 

The role seemed to demand that I keep myself worked up to fever pitch,
so I took on the actual attributes of the horrible vampire,
Dracula.
- Bela Lugosi

I'll take any story if it's good.
- Bela Lugosi

People, chained by monotony, afraid to think,
clinging to certainties...
they live like ants.
- Bela Lugosi

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Women have a predestination to suffering.
- Bela Lugosi

To portray a maniac offers a compelling challenge.
- Bela Lugosi

Without movie parts I was reduced to freak status.
I just couldn't stand it.
- Bela Lugosi

In Hungary acting is a profession.
In America it is a decision.
- Bela Lugosi

If you are not serious, people will sense it.
- Bela Lugosi

I don't have a dime left.
I am dependent on my friends for food and a small old-age pension.
- Bela Lugosi

I look in the mirror and say to myself,
Can it be you once played Romeo?
- Bela Lugosi

My body grew hot, then cold.
I tried to eat the bed sheets.
My heart beat madly.
Every joint in my body ached.
When I took the cure they took it all away from me.
- Bela Lugosi

I have lived too completely, I think.
I have known every human emotion.
- Bela Lugosi

The actor depends wholly on himself.
He gives his performance in what, to him,
seems the most effective manner.
- Bela Lugosi

Actors were exploited no less by the capitalist managers
than they were by the state.
- Bela Lugosi

The screen magnifies everything, even the way you are thinking.
- Bela Lugosi

To win a woman, take her with you to see Dracula.
- Bela Lugosi

Of all the roles I've done on the stage,
I'm partial to Cyrano de Bergerac.
- Bela Lugosi

I have played Dracula a thousand times on stage and
I find I have become thoroughly settled in the technique
of the stage and not of the screen.
- Bela Lugosi

I'd like to quit the supernatural roles and play just an interesting,
down-to-earth person.
- Bela Lugosi

I've been using narcotics for 20 years.
- Bela Lugosi

It was hell to go through what I went through.
I didn't know I had so many friends.
Many people gave a damn about my situation.
They helped cure me.
- Bela Lugosi

Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber
or a bookkeeper or a salesman.
- Bela Lugosi

I enjoy my work.
I haven't been an actor for 30 years without getting
pleasure out of the profession.
- Bela Lugosi

When a film company is in the red they come to me.
Always it is the same.
- Bela Lugosi

The former ruling class kept the community of actors
in ignorance by means of various lies.
- Bela Lugosi

My close-up was magnificent!
- Bela Lugosi

In making theories, always keep a window open so that
you can throw one out if necessary.
- Bela Lugosi

It is women who bear the race in bloody agony.
Suffering is a kind of horror.
Blood is a kind of horror.
Women are born with horror in their very bloodstream.
It is a biological thing.
- Bela Lugosi

It took me years to live down Dracula and convince
the film producers that I would play almost any other type of role.
- Bela Lugosi

Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am,
which many people believe is also a part of my personal life.
- Bela Lugosi

Martyrdom was the price of enthusiasm for acting.
- Bela Lugosi

There was no male vampire type in existence.
Someone suggested an actor of the Continental School who could play any type,
and mentioned me.
- Bela Lugosi

The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic
characters I was playing,
but it was a success.
- Bela Lugosi

In the studio the director controls the actor's every move,
every inflection, every expression.
- Bela Lugosi

Death, the final, triumphant lover.
- Bela Lugosi

I have never met a vampire personally,
but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.
- Bela Lugosi

If my accent betrayed my foreign birth,
it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers.
- Bela Lugosi

The love-bite, it is the beginning.
You will be irresistible.
- Bela Lugosi

Because of my language and the pantomime with which
most Europeans accompany their speech,
I was catalogued as a heavy.
- Bela Lugosi

A screen actor is compensated in the knowledge that
millions will see his performance at one time,
where only hundreds will see it on the stage.
- Bela Lugosi

It is women who love horror.
Gloat over it.
Feed on it.
Are nourished by it.
Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
- Bela Lugosi

The stage is near and dear to me.
- Bela Lugosi

I never play without my cape.
- Bela Lugosi

I studied at the Budapest Academy of Theatrical Arts
for four years and emerged with a degree.
- Bela Lugosi

I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf.
I don't say I don't like people at all,
but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if
I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.
- Bela Lugosi

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ...
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

I washed a sock.
Then I put it in the dryer.
When I took it out, it was gone.
- Rod Schmidt

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

I took some time out for life.
- James L. Brooks

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
- Henny Youngman

The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying,
stonewalling and refusal to come clean.
So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known.
- Bob Woodward

I've always dabbled on guitar, but never took lessons.
- Adam Jones

The title of the poems was The Only Bar in Dixon.
We sent it out to The New Yorker on a fluke,
and they took them and printed all three in the same issue.
- James Welch

Another turn in my life happened when I took on the Canada Council.
- Maureen Forrester

I took an oath to protect the people of Arizona,
and that's what I'm going to do.
I'm going to keep pushing in that direction.
- Jan Brewer

When I came back to it, we amicably separated from Warner Bros.
I just picked up where I left off, trying to write the rest of this record.
It took awhile to get out.
- Joan Jett

Song Sung Blue took a lot of compressing and refining,
and it has one of my favorite lyrics.
- Neil Diamond

If the challenge to fight was there,
I always took it.
- Chuck Zito

Frank Sinatra taught me how to do him.
It took me seven years to master him.
He would tell me, tap your foot, Rich,
and don't forget to grasp your sleeve.
- Rich Little

This drama between Dean and Ehrlichman took place while
I was trying to give the contents to the FBI.
- Fred F. Fielding

Mike Judge, who I've become friends with over the years
never took himself seriously as an artist.
- Bill Griffith

The reality is that during the Reagan years,
for instance, we doubled the amount of revenue that
we were sending to Washington,
D.C.
after the tax cuts took effect.
- Mike Pence


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