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Laurence Olivier Quotes and Sayings

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Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us.
Some of us are better at it than others,
but we all do it.
- Laurence Olivier

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.
- Laurence Olivier

I often think that could we creep behind the actor's eyes,
we would find an attic of forgotten toys and a copy of the Domesday Book.
- Laurence Olivier

We ape, we mimic, we mock.
We act.
- Laurence Olivier

 

I don't know what is better than the work that is given
to the actor-to teach the human heart the knowledge of itself.
- Laurence Olivier

When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part.
When you're older, it's a straight part.
- Laurence Olivier

The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.
- Laurence Olivier

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I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.
- Laurence Olivier

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village,
a great theater is the outward and visible sign of
an inward and probable culture.
- Laurence Olivier

Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice,
golden sunsets and black storms.
I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.
- Laurence Olivier

Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism.
It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
- Laurence Olivier

My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself,
my film successes the best moments, professionally,
within myself.
- Laurence Olivier

Have a very good reason for everything you do.
- Laurence Olivier

If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey.
- Laurence Olivier

We have all, at one time or another,
been performers,
and many of us still are - politicians,
playboys, cardinals and kings.
- Laurence Olivier

I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods,
feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare.
An actor must act.
- Laurence Olivier

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust,
human emotions.
The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into
an expression of light relief;
of tragedy,
to wound them and bring the relief of tears.
Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.
- Laurence Olivier

I'd like people to remember me for a diligent expert workman.
I think a poet is a workman.
I think Shakespeare was a workman.
And God's a workman.
I don't think there's anything better than a workman.
- Laurence Olivier

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
- The Buddha

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational
act that two people in love can commit.
- Bill Cosby

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

I begin with the principle that all men are bores.
Surely no one will prove himself
so great a bore as to contradict me in this.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

Commercial distress in any great business center will
the more surely create widespread disaster.
- Josiah Strong

Aging is an inevitable process.
I surely wouldn't want to grow younger.
The older you become, the more you know;
your bank account of knowledge is much richer.
- William M. Holden

That surely must be a concern to anyone who decides
this drug must be given to stop transmissions,
again from mother to child, which is extremely costly
and must be taken into account.
- Thabo Mbeki

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited
with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden
of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

The moon of a bright silver, which dazzles by its shining,
illumines a world which surely is no longer ours;
for it resembles in nothing what may be seen in other lands.
- Pierre Loti

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

If there's ever a place where you can't argue that
you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit,
it is surely in anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the
ugliest thing in the world.
- Francis Schaeffer

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest
vision of what is before them,
glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding,
go out to meet it.
- Thucydides

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely,
I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
- Plato

The efforts you make will surely be rewarded.
If not, then you are simply not ready to call them efforts.
- Sadaharu Oh

It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest,
and surely the fairer way is not much about.
- Francis Bacon

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast
alone with one's husband,
but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.
- Anne Spencer

If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self,
and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness,
surely they will in no way affect you.
- Ramakrishna

Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a
time to take one's own way at all hazards.
- Thomas Huxley

Yet if anyone believes that the earth rotates,
surely he will hold that its motion is natural,
not violent.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

If we fear the unknown then surely we fear ourselves.
- Bryant H. McGill

William Packard surely must be one of the great editors of our time.
- James Dickey

The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately
it destroys those who practice it.
Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others,
the light within them dies.
- Terry Waite

Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth.
It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.
- Jeremy Northam

I have long considered it one of God's greatest mercies
that the future is hidden from us.
If it were not, life would surely be unbearable.
- Eugene Forsey

Surely a King who loves pleasure is less dangerous
than one who loves glory?
- Nancy Mitford

The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that
of all the opportunities to show differences in character,
surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.
- Anne Tyler

What makes life worth living? Better surely,
to yield to the stain of suicide blood in me and seek
forgetfulness in the embrace of cold dark death.
- Zane Grey

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as
he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling.
Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.
- Norman Cousins

Surely, if Mother Nature had been consulted,
she would never have consented to building a city in New Orleans.
- Mortimer Zuckerman

Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism,
as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone.
- Andrew Eldritch

Is it the factitious and the conventional that most
surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
- Paul Cezanne

Friendships that have stood the test of time and change are surely best.
- Joseph Parry

Slowly but surely the sea is freezing over.
- Robert Falcon Scott

Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable -
and life is more than a dream.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the
vehicle of novelists and poets.
- Christopher Morley

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation,
the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone
of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
- Bertrand Russell

Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and
paying the price aren't things to think about any more.
All that matters is value - the ultimate value of what one does.
- James Hilton

Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is
wearing his hair below his collar will make him no
less identifiable as a policeman.
- Thurgood Marshall

We'll surely stop the work of all western Christian and eastern religions,
and also Islam.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

The evening sings in a voice of amber,
the dawn is surely coming.
- Al Stewart

The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country
and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach
more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books
of all the religions on earth.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in
the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.
- Oliver Goldsmith

In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all
the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.
- William Barclay

You were made perfectly to be loved -
and surely I have loved you,
in the idea of you, my whole life long.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Only by contending with challenges that seem to be
beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can
grow more surely toward the stars.
- Brian Tracy

Surely the Department of Defense can and needs to do
a better job of training new and existing first responders
to respond to sexual assaults occurring in the military.
- Louise Slaughter

It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.
- Galileo Galilei

If men cease to believe that they will one day become
gods then they will surely become worms.
- Henry Miller


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