Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate and comic in its existence. George Santayana
The winds of acclamation and dissent pass, but if the relationships and techniques respond to our own inner values, to our mythologies and superstitions, then they are able to oppose resistance, to come into contact with the outside and to escape isolation. Eugenio Barba (Artistic Director, Odin Teatret)
If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.
Yann Martel (From Author’s Notes, Life of Pi)
Sir Thomas More: I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos. 咁……我相信, 當政治家為咗執行公務而離棄佢地個人嘅道德……佢地會將國家引導到紛亂嘅路途上面。
Sir Thomas More: Why not be a teacher? You’d be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one. 點解唔做一名教師呢？你可以成為一個好好嘅教師,甚至一個偉大嘅教師。
Sir Thomas More: Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for Wales? 威爾殊? 咳, Richard, 為咗整個世界而出賣靈魂本來已經得唔到好處….. 但係只係為咗威爾殊 !
From Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Without the urge for originality, what’s the point of artistic pursuits?
Without learning from the classics, how do we know we are original?
Without emulating the achievements of great men, how do we envision the future?
Without the desire to transcend, why do we need to scale heights?
Without discipline, determination and devotion, how do we imagine that “art offers the space of ultimate freedom in the pursuit of human liberty?"
郭寶崑 Kuo Pao Kun
Romeo If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentler sin is this;
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Juliet Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this.
For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Act I Sc. 5 l. 92-99
Do works endure? As long
As they are not completed.
Since as long as they demand effort
They do not decay.
Change into singers. They have a new attitude
As they address themselves to the audience, still
Characters in the play but now also undisguisedly
Accomplices of the playwright.
A carnival is not a revolution.
After the carnival, after the removal of the masks,
you are precisely who you were before. After
the tragedy, you are not certain who you are.
If Chaplin were to play Napoleon, he wouldn’t even look like him; he would show objectively and critically how Napoleon would behave in the various situations the author might put him in.
I abhor dramatic schools that indulge in reflections and introspections to evoke the right emotion. The mere fact that a student must be mentally operated upon is sufficient proof that he should give up acting.