17 Quotable Quotes

2013年4月4日 星期四

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。

Richard Rich: If I was, who would know it? 就算我成為一個偉大嘅教師, 又會有邊個知道?
Sir Thomas More: You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that. 你自己, 你嘅學生, 你嘅朋友, 上帝。呢D觀眾唔差吖……噢,

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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  !

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                                                           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

如果我們不是追求原創,何必要來搞藝術?
如果我們不學古今的經典,我們怎麼知道自己的是原創?
如果我們不站在巨人的肩膀上,怎麼可能看得遠?
如果我們不想超越,何必要攀登?
如果我們沒有紀律、沒有決心、沒有奉獻,
我們怎可以想象“藝術是人類自由的終極自由空間”?

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


「當上帝看見凡人不自量力企圖創作,他就笑了!」
取自米蘭、昆德拉接受「耶路撒冷獎」致詞


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



悲劇是關於偉大狀況與想法的劇場,這是一種探索永恆人性需求與疑惑的劇場,有著崇高動力的劇場。

                                                                                                            希臘阿提斯劇院創辦人  特爾左布勒斯

How long 
Do works endure? As long 
As they are not completed.
Since as long as they demand effort
They do not decay.
Bertolt Brecht

The actors
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.
Bertolt Brecht


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.
                                                                         Howard Barker


你若是鳥
僅僅是隻鳥
迎風而起
率性而飛
眼睜睜
俯視人間
這一片混沌
飛越泥沼
於煩惱之上
了無目的
自在而消遙
高行健

戲劇是「澄明的眼睛,一雙冷眼,冷靜觀照這大千世界的眾生相」。 
                                                                           高行健

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.

Bertolt Brecht

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.   

                                                                         Charlie Chaplin

好景龜年惜落英,聽歌新譜早忘兵;
排雲獨手前賢志,砥礪河山孰有成。

南海十三郎



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