Quotes and Sayings about Drama



"I sailed through my childhood with a complete lack of any drama."
- Kate Adie
(Related: Childhood, Drama)

"If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic."
- Edward Albee
(Related: Drama, Today)

"To try to write a grand cosmical drama leads necessarily to myth. To try to let knowledge substitute ignorance in increasingly larger regions of space and time is science."
- Hannes Alfven
(Related: Science, Time, Knowledge, Drama, Ignorance, Myth, Space)

"I have long been a supporter of the Head Start program because each and every year I witness the dramatic positive impact that early intervention services have on children's lives in my congressional district."
- Lucille Roybal Allard
(Related: Positive, Children)

"The fact that the movement was carried on by women who, for the most part, had no money of their own and were totally inexperienced in organization, and that they won their fight in about two generations, makes a story often dramatic and always worth preserving."
- Florence E. Allen
(Related: Money, Women, Fact, Fight, Generations, Worth)

"Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Problems)

"It was my first straight dramatic role, and the most adult, intelligent one I have ever played."
- June Allyson
(Related: First)

"Maybe there's a chance to get back to grown-up films. Anything that uses humor and dramatic values to deal with human emotions and gets down to what people are to people."
- Robert Altman
(Related: Humor, People, Values, Chance, Emotions)

"Things are changing. I've been training since I was 9 years old to stretch my wings as an actor dramatically, but have never really been afforded the opportunity to show that."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Opportunity, Actor, Old, Training, Years)

"What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning."
- Barbara de Angelis
(Related: Life, Purpose, Drama, Earth, Meaning, Pain, Sense)

"I have yet to see a drama that puts forward women who are successful and have a family. Women are nearly always seen as victims."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Women, Family, Successful, Drama, Victims)

"To the biographer all lives bar none are dramatic constructions."
- Katharine Anthony
"The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Life, Drama, Wail)

"It's a lot of work and I also feel like I've done it. I miss comedy. And I also think that, from purely a logistical standpoint, that the day-to-day schedule on a comedy allows you to have a life, much more of a life, than on a drama."
- Adam Arkin
(Related: Work, Life, Comedy, Day, Drama)

"I want to continue doing as big a variety of things as I can do, and if that means I have the honor of getting to do more feature work, I would love that. I know that if I make any other long-term TV commitments, it's not going to be on a drama."
- Adam Arkin
(Related: Love, Work, Drama, Honor, Variety, Want)

"An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa."
- Desi Arnaz
(Related: Actor, Comedy, Drama, Vice)

"These wrestlers aren't organized. They have no union, no pension and no insurance. You meet wrestler after wrestler who sold out Madison Square Garden ten years ago, basically running on fumes today. There's a lot of drama there."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Drama, Garden, Running, Today, Years)

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Heroism)

"Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms."
- Milton Avery
(Related: Nature, Colors, Drama, Fantasy, Mountains, Trees, Wind)

"If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Democracy, Man)

"Olympic Gold changed me and my life dramatically. I became a celebrity overnight and people see me as a famous skater, not a real person."
- Oksana Baiul
(Related: Life, People, Celebrity, Famous, Gold)

"But what is drama? Broadly speaking, it is whatever by imitative action rouses interest or gives pleasure."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Action, Drama, Interest, Pleasure)

"Out of the past come the standards for judging the present; standards in turn to be shaped by the practice of present-day dramatists into broader standards for the next generation."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Past, Practice, Present)

"Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama, Play, Self, Surrender)

"Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Civilization, Action, Drama, Pleasure)

"Sensitive, responsive, eagerly welcomed everywhere, the drama, holding the mirror up to nature, by laughter and by tears reveals to mankind the world of men."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Men, Nature, Drama, Laughter, Mankind, Tears, World)

"In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Choice, Drama, Freedom, Listening, Results, Treatment)

"No drama, however great, is entirely independent of the stage on which it is given."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama)

"When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama, Literature, Play)

"Drama read to oneself is never drama at its best, and is not even drama as it should be."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama)

"The drama is a great revealer of life."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Life, Drama)

"The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

"There is no essential difference between the material of comedy and tragedy. All depends on the point of view of the dramatist, which, by clever emphasis, he tries to make the point of view of his audience."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Comedy, Difference, Tragedy)

"We do not kill the drama, we do not really limit its appeal by failing to encourage the best in it; but we do thereby foster the weakest and poorest elements."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama)

"Most drama in our lives is really rather squalid."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Drama)

"I'm obsessive about the kind of melodrama of getting through the days and trying to make them good and funny and a happy experience. But my feeling towards the fans is that they delivered me from darkness."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Funny, Experience, Darkness, Fans, Feeling, Trying)

"I was involved with drama departments since the 5th grade. I played at it. It was an escape."
- Adam Baldwin
(Related: Drama)

"A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Life, Mother, Now)

"I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre."
- Howard Barker
(Related: Language, Shakespeare, Theatre)

"As the population of Georgia increased dramatically, so did development."
- Roy Barnes
(Related: Development, Population)

"Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives and so inevitably write autobiographical verse."
- John Barton
(Related: Poets)

"Directing an opera is similar to directing a play. The singing must not get in the way of the drama."
- Bruce Beresford
(Related: Drama, Opera, Play, Singing)

"It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created."
- Bruce Beresford
(Related: Art, Music, People, Drama, Man, Opera)

"It's exciting that you've got an entire season to experience 24 hours of highly dramatically charged human experience. It allows for the close inspection of minutiae in behaviour."
- Xander Berkeley
(Related: Experience)

"I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic."
- Shelley Berman
(Related: Humor, Literary, Teaching, Writing)

"So the result was that as one approached a political convention for most of the 19th century and for most of the 20th century until the 1960's, part of the drama was the fact that you didn't know ultimately who was going to be the nominee at the end of that convention week."
- Michael Beschloss
(Related: Drama, End, Fact, Result)

"The only thing I think I can be accused of about paparazzi is being really naive. I didn't think about it coming along with the job and I never, during my three years at drama school, fantasized about one bit of it."
- Paul Bettany
(Related: Being, Drama, Job, School, Years)

"When I left drama school, there were dozens of rep theatres you could apply to where you got a good training."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Drama, School, Training)

"I've done a lot of costume drama and theatre - the National Theatre and In fact, most of my work at the theatre, at the National Theatre anyway, was period."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Work, Drama, Fact, Theatre)

"It was to do with information management. The intention was to dramatise it."
- Hans Blix
(Related: Management, Information, Intention)

"I had the training at drama school where I studied Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Drama, School, Shakespeare, Training)

"You have to go to the ultimate situation in drama."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Drama)

"The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Society, Drama, Mind)

"Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Religion, Society, Debate, Drama, Goodness)

"Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand what our position is and, conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Being, Drama, Now, Theatre)

"It's insulting to ask a dramatist what his view of his play is. I have no opinion."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Opinion, Play)

"Because the world is in economic recession, which worsened since this drama happened, and our country will bear the burden of all of these consequences."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Burden, Consequences, Country, Drama, Will, World)

"It is quite true - in fact, obvious on the surface - that the vast majority of dramatic shows and comedies, as well, advocate a liberal and humanistic and relativistic lifestyle and concept."
- Pat Boone
(Related: Fact, Liberal, Majority, Obvious)

"I acknowledge Shakespeare to be the world's greatest dramatic poet, but regret that no parent could place the uncorrected book in the hands of his daughter, and therefore I have prepared the Family Shakespeare."
- Thomas Bowdler
(Related: Family, Daughter, Regret, Shakespeare, World)

"We cannot arrive at Shakespeare's whole dramatic way of looking at the world from his tragedies alone, as we can arrive at Milton's way of regarding things, or at Wordsworth's or at Shelley's, by examining almost any one of their important works."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Shakespeare, World)

"In the first place, it must be remembered that our point of view in examining the construction of a play will not always coincide with that which we occupy in thinking of its whole dramatic effect."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Effect, First, Play, Thinking, Will)

"In approaching our subject it will be best, without attempting to shorten the path by referring to famous theories of the drama, to start directly from the facts, and to collect from them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Idea, Drama, Facts, Famous, Theories, Tragedy, Will)

"I just don't think there are any rules to color. You have a small space with no windows? Put lamps in there, make it dramatic, paint the ceiling black. Do something with it. If it's dark, accentuate the darkness."
- David Bromstad
(Related: Darkness, Rules, Space, Windows)

"Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies - as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater."
- James Broughton
(Related: Movies, Dance, Drama, Theater)

"There I was limited to what happened the same way I am with Riel. It doesn't feel like a great burden to have your story, to some degree, set. I am enjoying figuring out what I think is the most dramatic way of telling this set of historical facts."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Burden, Facts)

"We want to create these dramatic situations, whether they are real or not, to entertain audiences."
- Jerry Bruckheimer
(Related: Audiences, Want)

"Dramatics are what keep you in the seats."
- Jerry Bruckheimer
"We have actually experienced in recent months a dramatic demonstration of an unprecedented intelligence failure, perhaps the most significant intelligence failure in the history of the United States."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: History, Intelligence, Failure, Months, states, United)

"Shake was a dramatist of note; He lived by writing things to quote."
- H. C. Bunner
(Related: Writing)

"Shakespeare was a dramatist of note who lived by writing things to quote."
- H. C. Bunner
(Related: Shakespeare, Writing)

"I was supposed to go to drama school and then go to New York and do theatre. But I grew up on all those fabulous movies and had read all the bold Hollywood books, and I thought I just had to take a look."
- Delta Burke
(Related: Movies, Thought, Books, Drama, Hollywood, School, Theatre)

"I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style."
- Ken Burns
(Related: Music, Work, People, Complexity, Drama, Photography, Right, Style)

"I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films."
- Ken Burns
(Related: Movies, Truth, Drama, Hollywood, Past)

"I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass."
- David Byrne
(Related: Business, Body)

"Drama if I sing, drama if I don't sing. What do you do?"
- Montserrat Caballe
(Related: Drama)

"Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Comedy, Writing)

"From where I am sitting much of the country now sees the President the way I have seen him since the campaign. He is an ambitious leftist, with little understanding of economics, and with far-reaching goals to create significant and irreversible growth of government and redistribution of wealth through dramatic changes in tax, regulatory, and spending policies."
- Charles W. Calomiris
(Related: Government, Goals, Growth, Wealth, Country, Economics, Tax, Now, President, Understanding)

"Even with, or perhaps, because of, this background, I have over the past few years sensed a very dramatic change in attitude on the part of Prince Edward Islanders towards the on-going rush for so-called modernization."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Change, Attitude, Past, Years)

"Some would suggest that there has been a dramatic change in our perception of the world and ourselves within the world. Others have observed that there has been an almost complete about-face in a relatively short span of time."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Change, Time, Perception, World)

"I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries."
- Frank Capra
(Related: Thought, Actors, Drama, Mistakes)

"It wasn't my tennis that made me lose, it was a lot of different things going on, high drama, high emotion."
- Jennifer Capriati
(Related: Drama, Emotion, Tennis)

"Italians have no sense of the dramatic."
- Jose Carreras
(Related: Sense)

"No matter how many modern parts I do, people still refer to me as Mrs. Costume Drama. Fight Club is a studio pic, and I've done very few of those. I've got a feeling it's going to change things for me."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Change, People, Drama, Feeling, Fight)

"How do you explain certain physical qualities that somehow sell on screen? You're born with it... Certain people are just more watchable, and I was more watchable, but I don't think I understood acting or drama very well when I was a kid."
- Joan Chen
(Related: People, Acting, Drama)

"I received an OBE from the Queen, which probably doesn't mean anything in America but is quite nice in England - the Order of the British Empire for services to drama."
- Joan Collins
(Related: America, Drama, England, Order, Queen)

"My entry into the environmental arena was through the issue that so dramatically - and destructively - demonstrates the link between science and social action: nuclear weapons."
- Barry Commoner
(Related: Environmental, Science, Weapons)

"I really think the biopic thing so rarely works, because people's lives don't have a dramatic shape that can be satisfying."
- Bill Condon
(Related: People)

"Be dramatically willing to focus on the customer at all costs, even at the cost of obsoleting your own stuff."
- Scott Cook
(Related: Customer, Focus)

"I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers, so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it."
- Bernard Cornwell
(Related: Drama, Nothing)

"To be perfectly honest, drama is a lot simpler than comedy."
- Nikki Cox
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"With the opening of the second decade of the twentieth century it seemed that the stage was set for the last act in an unquestioned evolutionary drama."
- Ralph A. Cram
(Related: Act, Drama)

"Very few of the great leaders ever get through their careers without failing, sometimes dramatically."
- Phil Crosby
(Related: Careers, Leaders)

"The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: End, Irony, Violence)

"I've thought about doing other dramatic roles besides westerns, but I grew up in the West and I know the West."
- Ken Curtis
(Related: Thought)

"I'm a history buff, and right now we're sitting on one of the most dramatic historical shifts that this planet has ever seen and we have a front row seat for it."
- James Daly
(Related: History, Now, Right)

"In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama."
- Jean Claude Van Damme
(Related: Action, Drama, Film)

"I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up, really. So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school, it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Actor, Drama, Growing up, Intention, School, University)

"There is an odd sense of responsibility attached to appearing in a drama about a real piece of history. A work of fiction is fun."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Work, History, Drama, Fiction, Fun, Responsibility, Sense)

"When I left school I went to Australia for a year and worked in the drama department of a school in Perth."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Drama, School)

"I want to do drama, light comedy, the whole range."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Light, Want)

"I'm obviously very keen on the theater and I think it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have got dramatic elements which might even suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other, even though it's not in my mind at the time."
- Peter Maxwell Davies
(Related: Time, Mind, Theater)

"The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Art, Drama, May, Theater)

"Most women seem to be required to pit themselves against men in dramatic situations, and the men got to pit themselves against ideas or God."
- Judy Davis
(Related: Men, Women, God, Ideas)

"I think even when homeowners love their room, it's still a shock, because you left your house, went to sleep, came home and your room was dramatically and drastically different."
- Paige Davis
(Related: Home, Love, Sleep)

"There are a lot of films that are drug dramas, and we didn't want to tell Scarface again."
- Ted Demme
(Related: Want)

"In Hitchcock's eyes the movement was dramatic, not the acting. When he wanted the audience to be moved, he moved the camera. He was a subtle human being, and he was also the best director I have ever worked with."
- Bruce Dern
(Related: Acting, Being, Eyes)

"As a restaurateur, my job is to basically control the chaos and the drama. There's always going to be chaos in the restaurant business."
- Rocco DiSpirito
(Related: Business, Control, Chaos, Drama, Job)

"The film's dramatic requirements should always take precedence over the mere aesthetics of editing."
- Edward Dmytryk
(Related: Aesthetics, Film)

"I've mainly been in dramas, so this is one of my first comedy kind of performances in Cecil B. Demented."
- Stephen Dorff
(Related: Comedy, First)

"But I think Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang really got that thing where, if a movie reads really funny and then has some dramatic or violent or sinister stuff in it, you can't forget that primarily it has to be even funnier than you read it or that other stuff doesn't work."
- Robert Downey, Jr.
(Related: Funny, Work, Kiss, Forget)

"If you're doing a drama that has some comedic elements you can't forget that it's primarily a very serious film that has some light relief."
- Robert Downey, Jr.
(Related: Drama, Film, Forget, Light)

"But I majored in Drama, modified with Psychology."
- Rachel Dratch
(Related: Drama, Psychology)

"Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them."
- John Drinkwater
(Related: Poetry, Work, Drama, Energy)

"People talk worse about people than they talk good about people, because a lot of people like drama."
- Hilary Duff
(Related: People, Drama, Talk)

"I know I can handle dramatic roles, but I don't think I should have to play a young mother on crack to prove it."
- Hilary Duff
(Related: Mother, Play)

"Stories about the ongoing dramas in our lives as we age are not being told because women find it difficult to be honest about what's going on - about, for example, our heightened sexuality as we age or about living in a society that only values youth."
- Olympia Dukakis
(Related: Age, Society, Women, Values, Being, Example, Living, Sexuality, Youth)

"The doctors must tell you that one of the risks of surgery is that you might die. This poor doctor was talking to an actress. It was very dramatic to me. To him, it was just a thing he had to say."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Doctors, Poor, Talking)

"At a time when going to college has never been more important, it's never been more expensive, and our nation's families haven't been in this kind of financial duress since the great depression. And so what we have is just sort of a miraculous opportunity simply by stopping the subsidy to banks when we already have the risk of loans. We can plow those savings into our students. And we can make college dramatically more affordable, tens of billions of dollars over the next decade."
- Arnie Duncan
(Related: Time, Opportunity, Financial, Banks, College, Depression, Nation, Risk, Students)

"I think that the use of copyright is going to change dramatically. Part of it is economics. There is just going to be so much content out there - there's a scarcity of attention. Information consumes attention, and there's too much information."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: Change, Attention, Content, Economics, Information)

"My old drama coach used to say, 'Don't just do something, stand there.' Gary Cooper wasn't afraid to do nothing."
- Clint Eastwood
(Related: Coach, Drama, Nothing, Old)

"Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama, that is, modern opera as we know it."
- John Eaton
(Related: Drama, Opera)

"If you look at the timing of many of the Greek dramas from the theatrical point of view, it's all off, and I think the reason for that is that music played a very important part."
- John Eaton
(Related: Music, Reason)

"Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Movies, Actors, Today)

"I'd like to do more family dramas."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Family)

"Once we were in the studio, we realized we were getting certain effects through the shooting of the dramatic scenes on video, shooting off a screen and then getting wave patterns and stuff like that."
- Atom Egoyan
"I enjoy doing everything, comedy and drama. I just look for the characters really and what they offer."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"I became an actor by doing school plays and youth theaters, and then National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. And then I did study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. For me that was a good way to enter the field, to work in the theater."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Music, Work, Actor, London, School, Study, Theater, Theatre, Youth)

"Depending on what your interest in theater is, I always recommend working on plays. It's a great way to be introduced to the field, and also a great way to be seen by agents and representation. I'm also a great advocate for studying acting at a drama school or a college."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Acting, College, Drama, Interest, School, Theater)

"In comedy, something may be more absurd, but you have to believe just as much as you do when you're doing drama."
- Jenna Elfman
(Related: Comedy, Drama, May)

"Drama is not hard for me. It just didn't seem hard."
- Jenna Elfman
(Related: Drama)

"If there's not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something."
- Eminem
(Related: Life, Drama, Negativity, Songs, Will)

"I need drama in my life to keep making music."
- Eminem
(Related: Life, Music, Drama)

"It's drama, it's a lot of things, but you know it's always about every movie or every TV project ever made is meant to be watched. If people like it and support it, that's what it is all about, really it's sort of the important part about it."
- Will Estes
(Related: People, Drama, Project, Support)

"You use words like 'introvert' and 'extrovert,' various traits of a personality. A lot of that stuff, we used in drama school, and that was kind of interesting, to realize my teachers sort of ripped off a lot of Jung. And how much of it is part of our society now, these phrases, introvert and extrovert, where it actually came from."
- Michael Fassbender
(Related: Society, Drama, Now, Personality, School, Teachers, Words)

"And I don't believe that melodramatic feelings are laughable - they should be taken absolutely seriously."
- Rainer W. Fassbinder
(Related: Feelings)

"In the West audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Love, Romance, Action, Audiences, Comedy, Play, Romantic)

"Jessica Lange in Frances... was dramatic and passionate and one of the strongest performances I've seen a woman do."
- Sherilyn Fenn
(Related: Woman)

"I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it's essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it's a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight."
- Will Ferrell
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Listening, Meaning, Play)

"I was the editor of the school newspaper and in drama club and choir, so I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense, but I think I was known for being relatively scathing."
- Tina Fey
(Related: Being, Drama, Popular, School, Sense)

"I was just lucky enough to grow up in a time when they actually had drama departments in schools."
- Sally Field
(Related: Time, Drama, Schools)

"This drama between Dean and Ehrlichman took place while I was trying to give the contents to the FBI."
- Fred F. Fielding
(Related: Drama, Trying)

"Then I became interested in drama, and almost by accident, I drifted into film."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Accident, Drama, Film)

"Live television drama was like live theater, because you moved without thinking about the camera. It followed you around. In film you have to be more aware of what the camera is doing."
- Louise Fletcher
(Related: Drama, Film, Television, Theater, Thinking)

"Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject not for polemical reasons, but because it contains vivid characters in highly charged dramatic situations."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Opera)

"If an American audience is given a serious musical theater piece that is well produced, dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted, they'll respond to it."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: American, Theater)

"I find it enormously valuable to be sure that that the pacing is what I think it is and that the scenes have the shape I think they have musically and dramatically."
- Carlisle Floyd
"We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next, whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long passages of undramatic summary."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Now)

"World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Love, War, History, Battle, Drama, Evil, Will, World, World war, Writers, Years)

"Culture clash is terrific drama."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Culture, Drama)

"A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming."
- Jane Fonda
"Shiloh is a wonderfully dramatic battle. The leader of one side is killed, and the other one is going on to glory, and it was the first great battle. It lasted two days."
- Shelby Foote
(Related: Leader, Battle, First, Glory)

"From that time through the time I was a New Dramatist, when I was something like twenty-two, I saw absolutely everything in New York. Absolutely everything."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Time)

"The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Love, Civilization, Fact, Public, Tolerance)

"To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic, psychologically most baffling music. He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Music, Thought, Ideas, Shakespeare)

"I didn't get along with Lindsay Lohan on 'Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen', but you have to consider that we were 16-year-old girls. I haven't seen Lindsay since then, but I imagine she's grown and become a different person. I know I have."
- Megan Fox
(Related: Drama, Girls, Queen, Teenage)

"You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them."
- Michael J. Fox
(Related: Idea, Chance, Order, Television, Want)

"I didn't want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls."
- Michael J. Fox
(Related: Work, Drama, Girls, Want)

"Corn ethanol can help in the short term, but it has serious limitations, and none of this is going to work if we don't dramatically improve the efficiency of our cars and trucks."
- David Friedman
(Related: Work, Efficiency, Help, Limitations)

"As for acting, I took drama lessons when I was in high school."
- Megan Gallagher
(Related: Acting, Drama, School)

"I love playing a dad. It's hard to find family dramas that are genuinely funny."
- Peter Gallagher
(Related: Family, Funny, Love, Dad)

"No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined."
- Paul Gallico
(Related: Baseball, Cause, Crime, Effect, Motive, Punishment, Result, World)

"Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast."
- Joe Garagiola
(Related: Baseball, Drama)

"I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them."
- Judy Garland
(Related: Drama, Laughter, Tears)

"Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?"
- Lesley Garrett
(Related: Drama, Football, Now, Opera)

"But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time."
- Patrick Geddes
(Related: Time, Drama, Space)

"In television, women can really run anything. It can be a comedy, it can be a drama, it can be genre, it can be anything. But in films, women are still getting to the top."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Women, Comedy, Drama, Television)

"Being an actor gives you a chance to play all kinds of roles, very moving and dramatic on one project, silly and girlish on another. That's the most interesting thing out this business, you get to keep reinventing yourself."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Business, Actor, Being, Chance, Play, Project, Reinventing, Silly)

"Olivier said that drama is an affair of the heart, or it's nothing, and he was right."
- Pam Gems
(Related: Heart, Drama, Nothing, Right)

"Beethoven had a great look. It was very much about the drama of appearance."
- Boy George
(Related: Appearance, Drama)

"The ideal situation would be to bypass all of the drama and mayhem and just get the music right to the people. I'm confident that we'll eventually figure it out."
- Debbie Gibson
(Related: Music, People, Drama, Right)

"Well, if you look at the whole story, I mean there's only Jews and Romans in the story. I mean I just wanted to flesh that character out and make that a drama about the people around Christ when he was going through this passion."
- Mel Gibson
(Related: People, Character, Christ, Drama, Passion)

"With the spirit of my administration, New York City is poised for dramatic change. The era of fear has had a long enough reign."
- Rudy Giuliani
(Related: Change, Fear, Spirit)

"I wanted to do an hour-long show, and I wanted to something that was dramatic and sometimes funny and humorous, as well. I'm just delighted to have this opportunity to be a part of this project."
- Ron Glass
(Related: Funny, Opportunity, Project)

"You know what I would really like to do? I'd like to do a half hour drama with comedy in it."
- Sharon Gless
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"Women and minorities have excelled beautifully in comedy, but very few women are the lead in a drama."
- Sharon Gless
(Related: Women, Comedy, Drama)

"I want to keep doing different things. I'd like to do a more personal, dramatic movie next, I think. But as long as it's about characters and good writing and good parts for actors, that's what's important."
- Tony Goldwyn
(Related: Actors, Want, Writing)

"It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they're driving down the street in an Oldsmobile they'd sound ludicrous!"
- Terry Goodkind
(Related: Driving, Fiction, Sound)

"In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Poetry, Time, Criticism, Drama, Opinion, Tyranny)

"I do like any kind of project that has both comedy and drama in it because in life you don't have one day where everything is funny then the next day everything is dramatic."
- Topher Grace
(Related: Funny, Life, Comedy, Day, Drama, Project)

"California has a beautiful coastline. It can be a rough coastline. The waves are huge. The rocks are steep. Same thing in Vancouver. It has a beautiful coastline. It's dramatic."
- Jennifer Granholm
"My father died prematurely at the age of 52 when I was 24, and it is a recurring regret that he never lived to see me succeed beyond university and drama."
- Richard E. Grant
(Related: Age, Father, Drama, Regret, Succeed, University)

"A lot of the films now are more focused on the visuals than on the actors. I think all directors should go to drama school."
- Eva Green
(Related: Actors, Drama, Now, School)

"In the end, it's acting, it's not real. But every director will tell you that you have to create conditions that create tension, because tension is what makes drama feel real."
- Paul Greengrass
(Related: Acting, Drama, End, Tension, Will)

"With a contained environment, there is the promise of friction. And that is where the drama comes from."
- Bruce Greenwood
(Related: Drama, Environment, Promise)

"The point is, the political reporters are the ones who no longer understand the ritual they are covering. They keep searching for political meanings in the tepid events when a convention is now essentially a human drama and only that."
- William Greider
(Related: Drama, Events, Now, Ritual)

"Beware the ends of the earth and the exotic: the drama is on your doorstep wherever the slums; are, wherever there is malnutrition, wherever there is exploitation and cruelty."
- John Grierson
(Related: Cruelty, Drama, Earth, Exploitation)

"We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama."
- Rachel Griffiths
(Related: Movies, Being, Bigotry, Civil rights, Drama, Fathers, Kids, Mob)

"There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment - and you start to decline."
- Andy Grove
(Related: Change, History, Performance, Company)

"You know, dramas are much more expensive to do than say a comedy, so any kind of deficit like that is picked up on when it comes time for them to pick up new shows."
- Paul Guilfoyle
(Related: Time, Comedy)

"Unless you're Jack Lemmon or Cary Grant, there are few guys who can do comedy and drama."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child."
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Related: Movies, Imagination, Drama, Old, Television, Years)

"The world awaits Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympics, an occasion which will bring into the global spotlight the dramatic advances China is making in enhancing the quality of life for its people."
- Alexander Haig
(Related: Life, Quality, People, Will, World)

"For me, it was more a dramatic shift to go from the stage to the screen."
- Michael C. Hall
"I feel honored to have been a part of that dramatic change."
- Lionel Hampton
(Related: Change)

"States are like people. They do not question the awful status quo until some dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking."
- Victor Davis Hanson
(Related: People, Question, states, Thinking)

"When actors are talking, they are servants of the dramatist. It is what they can show the audience when they are not talking that reveals the fine actor."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: Actor, Actors, Talking)

"Michigan is two radically different places - the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: Contrast, Drama)

"It's not any desire on my part to start playing dads, but it's a convention of drama. If you don't get the parts of young people going out to nightclubs, you have to play their fathers."
- Ian Hart
(Related: People, Desire, Drama, Fathers, Play)

"I'm not a huge drama person. I think I liked them more when I was younger."
- Noah Hathaway
(Related: Drama)

"Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have - by disrupting that order - a way of surprising."
- Vaclav Havel
(Related: Drama, Order)

"Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty."
- Lillian Hellman
(Related: Failure, Theater, Writing)

"If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama."
- Lillian Hellman
(Related: Gods, Beginning, End, Man, Mercy, Problems, Tragedy, Will)

"I actually find it harder to act in the scenes where there's not much happening, say having a milkshake in the diner. That is far harder to do than straight scenes where there's a drama going on and you have something to do."
- Chris Hemsworth
(Related: Act, Drama)

"There has been a growing consensus across the country - from statehouses to the White House and the halls of Congress - that we need to take dramatic steps to improve our secondary schools."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Congress, Country, Schools)

"What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Life, Drama)

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Life, Drama)

"Not merely can people like me write things that would never have been printed before but I think an enormously dramatic change has taken place in public opinion, possibly for the wrong reasons."
- Anthony Holden
(Related: Change, People, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Wrong)

"It is the sincerest thing I have written, caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary toils of love and religion - death brought them into harmony."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Death, Love, Religion, Soul, Drama, Harmony)

"I had never thought of myself as a dramatist, and, for really good technical results, the thought came too late: a man of letters has become too wordy to write economically for the stage."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Thought, Letters, Man, Results)

"I was probably never going to get to do the kind of things dramatically that I really wanted to do, so I returned to theater from time to time, and to write, and produce. It's by no means sour grapes."
- Larry Hovis
(Related: Time, Theater)

"In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere."
- William Dean Howells
(Related: Life, America, Europe, Trying)

"My passion is doing movies, and as long as I keep doing that, I'll be happy. I want to do movies, fun roles and dramatic ones. I love all of it."
- Vanessa Hudgens
(Related: Love, Movies, Fun, Passion, Want)

"The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Drama)

"The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Poetry, Development, Drama, State)

"In a very complex way, things have improved in the dramatic field. Before you had the good and the bad and you couldn't mingle them. Now it's more ambiguous."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Now)

"But Germany will always suffer, I fear, from the intensely dramatic character of the crimes of the Third Reich."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: Fear, Character, Germany, Will)

"The margin between success and drama is fractional."
- Jacky Ickx
(Related: Success, Drama)

"Everything was magnificent so far, even if I knew my part of dramas."
- Jacky Ickx
"We try to be driven by what's a good story, what's truthful, and the drama of what happens next."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Drama)

"My next step must be to go to drama school. Well, I get into drama school, so I did that."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Drama, School)

"Since Social Security was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to ensure economic security for American workers, poverty among American seniors has dramatically declined."
- Steve Israel
(Related: American, Poverty, President, Security, Workers)

"I liked the drama of getting stoned."
- Brion James
(Related: Drama)

"Great drama is all about conflict, and what's a better conflict than Republican-Democrat?"
- Allison Janney
(Related: Conflict, Drama, Republican)

"There is a comfort zone of knowing where things are going and having characters in place, but the action gets more and more dramatic and is very challenging to describe."
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Related: Action, Comfort, Zone)

"The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands."
- Maria Jeritza
(Related: Acting, Lies, Opera, Singing)

"Though, since the first record, I've dramatically changed my expectations for our records."
- Daniel Johns
(Related: Expectations, First)

"I love making people laugh and feel good, and that's awesome and special for me to be able to do that, but there really is nothing like kicking ass whether it's on a major scale, or whether it's in more of a dramatic fashion. Being physical and taking care of business the old-fashioned way is something that I love doing."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Business, Love, People, Being, Care, Fashion, Nothing, Old)

"Movies are immortal art - the first new art since Greek drama."
- Eric Johnston
(Related: Art, Movies, Drama, First)

"Jackie Gleason said that comedy is the most exacting form of dramatic art, because it has an instant critic: laughter."
- Chuck Jones
(Related: Art, Comedy, Laughter)

"My grandmother had the most dramatic effect on my life because she set me in one direction, and I had to go back the other direction for my sanity, and for my ability to be a social human being."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Life, Ability, Being, Direction, Effect, Sanity)

"When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Feelings, Thoughts, Ability, Drama, Language, Literature, Mind, Sermons)

"So in my junior year, I switched to the drama department."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Drama)

"So I was determined to use my last two years in college doing something I thought I would enjoy, which was acting. And it was probably because there was girls over in the drama school too, you know?"
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Thought, Acting, College, Drama, Girls, School, Years)

"I want the big drama. I always said I don't want a wedding I want a parade."
- Star Jones
(Related: Wedding, Drama, Want)

"For me, the filmmaking has to be about the dramaturgy."
- Neil Jordan
"I don't work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Life, Work, People, Project, Will)

"I probably would be continuing to do voice-overs, continuing to do cartoon shows, and at the same time I'd probably be on a sitcom or a dramatic television show."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Time, Television, Voice)

"I was drafted and went to Korea where I had an opportunity to create a production team that did dramatic and comedy shows. I had also done a little disc jockeying."
- Casey Kasum
(Related: Opportunity, Comedy, Production)

"I started radio in 1950 on the Lone Ranger radio program, a dramatic show that emanated from Detroit when I was 18 years old and just beginning college. I did that for a couple of years."
- Casey Kasum
(Related: Beginning, College, Old, Years)

"There's no drama like wrestling."
- Andy Kaufman
(Related: Drama, Wrestling)

"At dramatic rehearsals, the only author that's better than an absent one is a dead one."
- George S. Kaufman
"They have equal weight and you do the same work you'd do if you were playing a dramatic role."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Work, Weight)

"As we have more women in power, so the plays and the TV dramas are reflecting what's happening."
- Felicity Kendal
(Related: Women, Power)

"And I found both literature and the church very dramatic presences in the world of the 1950s."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Church, Literature, World)

"The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Life, Courage, Tragedy)

"I don't buy into any of that hogwash. They put that out to sell tickets. It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama formula of good versus evil, and lots of fear."
- Margot Kidder
(Related: Fear, Drama, Evil, Formula, Horror)

"One of the greatest things drama can do, at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love, home, family, loyalty and envy. Tragedy need not be a downer."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Family, Home, Love, Day, Drama, Envy, Loyalty, Tragedy, Words)

"In terms of my own film experience, I'm definitely used to morose and very heavy, heavy dramas."
- Mia Kirshner
(Related: Experience, Film)

"But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School, another one of the stories in there."
- Robert Klein
(Related: Father, Difference, Drama, Ivy, School)

"And the only studies were - Rodney Dangerfield was my mentor and he was my Yale drama school for comedy."
- Robert Klein
(Related: Comedy, Drama, School)

"To me, the appeal of opera lies in the fact that a myriad of singers and instruments, each possessed of different qualities of voice and sound, against the backdrop of a grand stage and beautiful costumes, come together in one complete and impressive drama."
- Junichiro Koizumi
(Related: Drama, Fact, Lies, Opera, Sound, Voice)

"Now, what tends to happen is that the stories get hyped. And the medicines are not quite as revolutionary and as dramatic as they seem to be. But, certainly, various phases of this problem are being attacked by the pharmaceutical companies."
- Mort Kondracke
(Related: Being, Now)

"I went to the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago."
- Harvey Korman
(Related: Chicago, Drama, School)

"I'm really not feeling one way or the other with comedy or drama, I'm just sort of doing projects that I've been finding really fun to be a part of."
- John Krasinski
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Feeling, Fun, Projects)

"A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad."
- Lenny Kravitz
(Related: Dad, Time, First)

"I really feel like the first day I went to drama school and I went up on stage, that I found my vocation. It's kind of a cliched thing to say but I really feel like it was what I was meant to do."
- Diane Kruger
(Related: Day, Drama, First, School, Vocation)

"Orlando's a really cool guy. They hired him for "Lord of the Rings" out of drama school. He's very new at this still and doesn't have a lot of experience. So we were in this together and we've tried to help each other out. We felt very equal which was good."
- Diane Kruger
(Related: Experience, Drama, Help, School)

"I do like reality shows, and I watch some of them because they're high drama. It's also just fun to watch people have honest reactions."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: People, Drama, Fun, Reality)

"So I think that is one of the reasons we can face some regional problems, which are very difficult, very dramatic and is necessary to have instruments to solve these problems. NATO is such instrument."
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Problems)

"I was always looking for the most dramatic emphasis."
- Neil LaBute
"The narration, in fact, doubles the drama with a commentary without which no mise en scene would be possible."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: Drama, Fact)

"The audience wants to be attracted not by the critics, but by a great story. You must deliver to the audience emotion - and when I say emotion, I mean suspense, drama, love."
- Dino De Laurentiis
(Related: Love, Drama, Emotion, Suspense)

"As a real person, he wouldn't last a minute, would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we've moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it, it was dull. If I was House's friend, I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don't always like morally good people, do we?"
- Hugh Laurie
(Related: People, Friend, Drama, Hate, Imperfection, Road)

"I couldn't imagine what Fox thought they were doing, contemplating such a jagged protagonist for a prime-time drama. I only knew that I wanted the role very much."
- Hugh Laurie
(Related: Thought, Drama)

"I love action films. I'd love to do an action drama. I'm always looking to give my character something action-oriented to do."
- Taylor Lautner
(Related: Love, Action, Character, Drama)

"So I majored in Drama, did all the plays that were possible to do, skated through school in order to be in every production on stage or backstage in whatever capacity and I came to New York looking for work in the summers."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: Work, Drama, Order, Production, School)

"The play is one of the very few pieces of great dramatic and comic writing that I have read in a long, long time. I was drawn to it because of the power of the writing, which gives me the actor a chance to explore many facets of myself."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: Power, Time, Actor, Chance, Play, Writing)

"Comedy and drama are both challenging to me."
- Nicholas Lea
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"Film is a dramatised reality and it is the director's job to make it appear real... an audience should not be conscious of technique."
- David Lean
(Related: Film, Job, Reality)

"When I was younger and studying acting, I never ever saw myself in the sitcom world; it was drama that really turned me on and still does."
- Matt LeBlanc
(Related: Acting, Drama, World)

"I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn't, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don't think any of my relatives are surprised."
- Amy Lee
(Related: Mom, Drama, Kitchen, Police, Queen, Relatives, Trying)

"I think the American West really attracts me because it's romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama."
- Ang Lee
(Related: American, Drama, Romantic, Space)

"I think it would be very boring dramatically to have a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults. To me, the most important thing is to be truthful."
- Spike Lee
(Related: Faults, Film)

"What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic - this is by no means the same thing."
- Fernand Leger
(Related: Art, Music, Poetry, Question)

"I like drama. I love being in a drama where I get to be the funny guy. That's what I really love the most."
- John Leguizamo
(Related: Funny, Love, Being, Drama)

"It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is."
- Jack Lemmon
(Related: Life, Comedy, Drama)

"Actually, the year anniversary of what you just heard, my son Grahame and I are going to be in a play together, and I'm acting for the first time in front of an audience that doesn't consist of a high school drama class."
- Phil Lesh
(Related: Time, Son, Acting, Class, Drama, First, Play, School)

"It's a good team though that works very closely and very well together, and all those people putting that effort in, then I'm sure we will improve dramatically from where we are now as the season goes on."
- David Leslie
(Related: People, Effort, Now, Will)

"I think this orchestra's strengths involve drama and voice."
- James Levine
(Related: Drama, Voice)

"I'm seventy-one now, so it's hard to imagine a dramatic change."
- Philip Levine
(Related: Change, Now)

"The world is poised on the cusp of an economic and cultural shift as dramatic as that of the Industrial Revolution."
- Steven Levy
(Related: Revolution, World)

"But a true diva has dismissed that drama. A true diva's heart is open, and she's ready to play by her own rules - rules that are gentle and kind."
- Jenifer Lewis
(Related: Heart, Drama, Open, Play, Rules)

"We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master's degree program, and we want them - to expose them to everything."
- James Lipton
(Related: Actors, America, Drama, School, Want, Writers, Years)

"I can't imagine doing an hour-long dramatic series because it's so much work. A sitcom is a wonderful gig. You work from 10 to 4 every day, it's fun, and you get to live at home."
- John Lithgow
(Related: Home, Work, Day, Fun)

"The moment one accosts a stranger or is accosted by him is above all in this life the moment of drama... Whoever we meet watches us intently at the quick, strange moment of meeting, to see whether we are disposed to be friendly."
- Haniel Long
(Related: Life, Drama, Meeting, Quick)

"Right now, I'd like to just continue on a series where I am doing good work with a balance of comedy and drama. That and do occasional features and movies."
- Mario Lopez
(Related: Movies, Work, Balance, Comedy, Drama, Now, Right)

"I guess you can tease me about being a drama queen, because that did heighten the drama."
- Greg Louganis
(Related: Being, Drama, Queen)

"I'm clean and sober for over a year and no one seems to care! They're like, 'Oh, her dramatic weight gain.' So, stop making fun of me!"
- Courtney Love
(Related: Fun, Gain, Weight)

"Comedy is so hard; it's so much harder than drama. The pacing of it, the energy of it."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Energy)

"My nomadic childhood dramatically fed my eventual decision to be an actor, but not in the way you might think."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: Decision, Actor, Childhood)

"I had grown up accustomed to living a life of high drama."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Life, Drama, Living)

"Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left."
- Robert Lynd
(Related: History, Poetry, Drama, Fiction, Literature, Quarrels, Will)

"We are not yet at the point where our size, our being the drama industry, is sufficient to support full time professional crews, and that is very very important."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Time, Being, Drama, Support)

"The existing documentary makers still believe that it is impossible to produce drama material in this State, otherwise they would be doing it, they say."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Drama, State)

"The more commercial work that is happening, the more people are operating cameras and are setting up studio lights, the greater the opportunity for drama production to happen."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Work, People, Opportunity, Drama, Production)

"The quality of my life has changed dramatically - not the events - but the way I handle them and my priorities and my sense of drama."
- Ali MacGraw
(Related: Life, Quality, Drama, Events, Priorities, Sense)

"I don't enjoy other people's dramas, and I don't enjoy mine."
- Ali MacGraw
(Related: People)

"In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Love, Drama, Ending)

"I graduated in 1930 and I went up to the Yale Drama School for two years."
- Albert Maltz
(Related: Drama, School, Years)

"We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife."
- David Mamet
(Related: Drama)

"Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement - they offer not drama but thrills."
- David Mamet
(Related: Amusement, Carnival, Drama)

"If I'm a game show host, will someone buy a ticket to see me do standup? To do a dramatic role in a movie?"
- Howie Mandel
(Related: Will)

"In the space of a decade, China and India have emerged as dramatic, dynamic competitors."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Space)

"The public's evaluation of the job George W. Bush is doing as president changed dramatically as a result of the horrific attacks of September 11 and his response in leading the country on a campaign against terrorism."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Country, Job, Leading, President, Public, Result, Terrorism)

"They put me in the drama class, and that's the path I've taken."
- Joe Mantegna
(Related: Class, Drama)

"I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure - the underlying plan is that you see the first and last meeting of every couple in the play - and inelegant emotion."
- Patrick Marber
(Related: Power, Emotion, First, Meeting, Play, Rest, Tension)

"Elvis' early music has drama because as he sang he was escaping limits."
- Greil Marcus
(Related: Music, Drama, Limits)

"The problem is, is that President Bush and the Republican leadership in the Congress have resisted attempts to increase dramatically our fuel economy standards over the last five years."
- Ed Markey
(Related: Leadership, Congress, Economy, President, Republican, Years)

"What is more important is finding the soul of the character, and making sure it fits well into this story. And that it be dramatic and interesting and captivating, because these people weren't entertainers, you know."
- Mary Stuart Masterson
(Related: Soul, People, Character)

"You have to take some dramatic license just to make it entertaining sometimes."
- Chi McBride
"I think that each of us inhabits a private world that others cannot see. The only difference between the writer and the reader is that the writer is able to dramatise that private world."
- John McGahern
(Related: Difference, World, Writer)

"But that private world, once it's dramatised, doesn't live again until it finds a reader."
- John McGahern
(Related: World)

"From there I did a one year theatre acting course in Fife, and then three years of drama school in London."
- Ewan McGregor
(Related: Acting, Drama, London, School, Theatre, Years)

"When the news wants to tell you something is important, they put dramatic theme music behind it. They scare you into watching the story."
- Aaron McGruder
(Related: Music, News)

"I think the point to be understood is that we're all different. I've never been a fan of theories of acting. I didn't go to drama school, so I was never put through a training that was limited by someone saying, 'This is the way you should act.'"
- Ian Mckellen
(Related: Act, Acting, Drama, Saying, School, Theories, Training)

"My father was a good preacher and had a little bit of drama."
- Jayne Meadows
(Related: Father, Drama)

"As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand."
- Ethel Merman
"It not infrequently happens that persons without any other special qualification than the drama of their lives are precipitated into important political positions."
- Charles Edward Merriam
(Related: Drama)

"My faith is the grand drama of my life. I'm a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith."
- Olivier Messiaen
(Related: Faith, Life, God, Drama, Words)

"Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language."
- John Milius
(Related: Drama, Language, Learning, Skill, Writing)

"Religious advertising is undergoing a dramatic conversion."
- Lisa Miller
(Related: Advertising, Religious)

"I did radio back in the era when we did radio drama."
- Martin Milner
(Related: Drama)

"I was a drama major also so it's cool to cuss for meaning, but for no apparent reason, no."
- Kel Mitchell
(Related: Drama, Meaning, Reason)

"If it wasn't for my drama teacher, I wouldn't be here right now."
- Kel Mitchell
(Related: Drama, Now, Right)

"I'm doing music, and we both want to do some drama."
- Kel Mitchell
(Related: Music, Drama, Want)

"A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: Drama, Surprises)

"To be a dramatic writer takes hard work, talent, and discipline. And that's why I just make up crap."
- Colin Mochrie
(Related: Work, Talent, Discipline, Hard work, Writer)

"Every religious pioneer, including Jesus Christ, was persecuted by his contemporaries. But once people understand me, their turn can be dramatic like Saint Paul's."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: People, Christ, Religious)

"You know, comedy's hard. With drama, you have a responsibility to the emotional truth, but with comedy, you have emotional truth and you have technique on top of it."
- Julianne Moore
(Related: Truth, Comedy, Drama, Responsibility)

"I just like the continue doing what I've been doing. A melange of funny, straight drama, television, movies, a little theater here and there wouldn't hurt. So if I can keep doing that, I'll be a very happy person."
- Mary Tyler Moore
(Related: Funny, Movies, Drama, Hurt, Television, Theater)

"I'm a drama guy."
- Shemar Moore
(Related: Drama)

"Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Poems, Poets, Writing)

"By obtaining a sense of its place in the unfolding drama of life, set in an ecological theatre, so we can understand why it has become one of the leading players."
- Simon Conway Morris
(Related: Life, Drama, Leading, Sense, Theatre)

"When we lose our liberties, it does not happen in one dramatic moment, but gradually and quietly."
- John E. Moss
"Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Living, World)

"War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Society, War, Drama)

"So much of it is the design of the shot or the motion of the character; it's the work you do so that it has the same things that are in the movie. In just a few frames it's got to communicate something clearly and dramatically."
- Dennis Muren
(Related: Design, Work, Character)

"Normally our season is seven weeks in the Drama Theatre and four weeks in the Opera Theater."
- Graeme Murphy
(Related: Drama, Opera, Theater, Theatre)

"Today, children are watching more and more television, and are bombarded over and over with images and content that have the potential to dramatically influence their behavior."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Behavior, Children, Content, Influence, Potential, Television, Today)

"I think all phases of one's career are serious if you take it seriously no matter if you are doing high profile dramatic pieces or not."
- Bill Murray
(Related: Career)

"I went to the London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art and returned to New York where I started my career."
- David Naughton
(Related: Art, Music, Career, London)

"I think that's what distinguishes Schmidt, really. In the movies now, so much of what is appealing to an audience is the dramatic or has to do with science fiction, and Schmidt is simply human. There's no melodrama; there's no device, It's just about a human being."
- Jack Nicholson
(Related: Movies, Science, Being, Fiction, Now)

"But if you look at WorldCom, which is the biggest failure to date, they grew dramatically, they were buying companies that were bigger than they were and they were doing it off inflated stock."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Failure, Buying)

"When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody's face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home."
- Robert De Niro
(Related: Death, Home, Comedy, Day, Drama)

"The Jungian view of drama would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Drama, Memories)

"I'd always liked the idea that drama acts at its best as a kind of arena for debate, not just about the thing itself, but also producing aesthetic, stylistic, political and moral discussions."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Idea, Debate, Drama)

"All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Nature, Truth, Being, Events, Human nature)

"If I thought that any of this was pre ordained, then it takes away any kind of incentive to struggle, or to put up with things, to reach for those impossible dreams, all those dramatic things."
- Gary Numan
(Related: Dreams, Thought, Struggle)

"I paid my dues at drama school and worked backstage in every Theatre in London."
- Richard O'Brien
(Related: Drama, London, School, Theatre)

"I love walking down the street and seeing faces and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness."
- Ric Ocasek
(Related: Happiness, Love, Cleanliness, Drama, Faces, Sadness, Walking)

"After I got to Hollywood, I resented that I didn't get a crack at more dramatic roles because I photographed so beautifully."
- Maureen O'Hara
(Related: Hollywood)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Comedy, Disgust, Drama, Emotions, Exercise, Expression, Light, Office, Tears, Terror, Tragedy)

"You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel."
- Michael Ondaatje
(Related: Time, Action, Drama, Want)

"When really you've gone to drama school and rep and then you've come to London and gone to auditions and you've worked, solidly, for years. But that all gets forgotten."
- Julia Ormond
(Related: Drama, London, School, Years)

"One was never taught how to begin at drama school. But all it required was one intake of breath."
- Elaine Paige
(Related: Drama, School)

"People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown."
- Chuck Palahniuk
(Related: People, Problems, Want)

"I think you learn a lot about a country from its art. To me, it's part of the drama of life. It teaches you that there are places, moments and incidents in other cultures that genuinely have a life of their own."
- Michael Palin
(Related: Life, Art, Country, Drama, Moments)

"When oil and gas prices went up dramatically and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: People, Oil, State)

"My parents couldn't afford a full time drama school, but I basically just did every class I could do, and followed every drama interest I could. When I was 15 or 16 I did drama courses."
- Christopher Parker
(Related: Time, Class, Drama, Interest, Parents, School)

"A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to to be seen in them by the finest senses?"
- Walter Pater
(Related: Life, May, Senses)

"For me, football is just a game, not a drama."
- Michel Patini
(Related: Drama, Football)

"I haven't really decided to be an actor yet! I started doing plays when I was about 15 or 16. I only did it because my dad saw a bunch of pretty girls in a restaurant and he asked them where they came from and they said drama group. He said, 'Son, that is where you need to go.'"
- Robert Pattinson
(Related: Dad, Actor, Drama, Girls, Pretty)

"Everyone sees drama from his own perspective."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: Drama, Perspective)

"It has nothing to do with the emotional demands of a role; I've done comedies that are as draining to me as any drama."
- Sean Penn
(Related: Drama, Nothing)

"I would always fall down the big main staircase in our house. My favorite thing in the world was to pretend to be horribly killed at the top of it, and to fall dramatically down to the bottom of it."
- David Hyde Pierce
(Related: Favorite, World)

"Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy."
- Luigi Pirandello
(Related: Action, Drama, Philosophy)

"I like soap opera acting. If it's done really well, there's nothing better. It's old school. It's like what those melodramas in the '30s and '40s were like."
- Parker Posey
(Related: Acting, Nothing, Old, Opera, School)

"Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Poetry, Content, Expression, Man, Religious)

"We must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to big dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions... Billions of dollars are appropriated at the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts."
- A. Philip Randolph
(Related: Eye, Nothing, World)

"The last thing on my mind was to be an actor, but I had a crush on a cute girl in the drama department, so the best thing for me to do was audition, help out, do carpentry, whatever it took to get me on that project."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Actor, Cute, Drama, Help, Mind, Project)

"This is real human drama, we're not creating some amusement park ride for the summer. Even though the movie is really exciting to watch, it's got a real pathos behind it."
- John C. Reilly
(Related: Amusement, Drama, Summer)

"I think that comedy really tells you how it is. The other thing about comedy is that - you don't even know if you're failing in drama, but you do know when you're failing in comedy. When you go to a comedy and you don't hear anybody laughing, you know that you've failed."
- Carl Reiner
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"Everybody says how hard comedy is, but, when it comes time to honor things, whether it's on a weekly critical basis or whether it's award time, at that time of the year, comedy is the poor, dumb child of dramatic work."
- Ivan Reitman
(Related: Time, Work, Comedy, Dumb, Honor, Poor)

"I always thought that Bill Murray was one of the great actors that I've worked with. And I've worked with all kinds of people who are known primarily for their dramatic work."
- Ivan Reitman
(Related: Work, Thought, People, Actors)

"And the beautiful open spaces, the forests of Pennsylvania, the recreational uses that come from having these green open spaces and forests, they contribute dramatically to the level of our tourism, dramatically."
- Ed Rendell
(Related: Open)

"I wasn't originally taking drama, but the drama teacher asked me to audition for Bye, Bye Birdie. I did and got the lead role. Initially I was kind of scared, but once I did it I got bitten by the bug and loved it."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Drama)

"The evidence that things are changing fast can be seen in the dramatic increase in the influence of blogging. We should be collecting emails as we used to collect telephone numbers and using them to better communicate our message to key voters."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Influence, Key, Numbers)

"The most anxious time was during launch, just because that is so dramatic."
- Sally Ride
(Related: Time)

"Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor... But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him."
- John Ritter
(Related: Women, People, Actor, Gay, Shakespeare)

"I'm developing some other things in other genres, including one dramatic piece. So, anything's possible."
- Jay Roach
"Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama."
- J. M. Roberts
(Related: Gardening, Anarchy, Culture, Drama, Painting, Skill)

"I also love the makers of South Park, because they're political, strong, and they're making all of these comments that would get you shot for if you did it in a drama."
- Michelle Rodriguez
(Related: Love, Drama)

"I always like having kid energy around. I think it's good for a movie, even when you're doing dramatic stuff."
- Mark Ruffalo
(Related: Energy)

"Don't Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life."
- Miguel Angel Ruiz
(Related: Life, Courage, Agreement, Drama, Questions, Sadness, Want)

"People tend to think of Brisbane as a sleepy, sub-topical place. I don't know. It's like Baltimore or something. I don't know. You would hear the family dramas going on behind closed doors."
- Geoffrey Rush
(Related: Family, People)

"What does it feel like to be a parent? What does it feel like to be a child? And that's what stories do. They bring you there. They offer a dramatic explanation, which is always different from an expository explanation."
- Richard Russo
"What I'm concerned about is endless borrowing, which is going to compromise our economy not only today but in the future. Because we know the decisions we make right now really dramatically impact us in the future, and the debt is literally getting out of our control."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Control, Borrowing, Compromise, Debt, Decisions, Economy, Future, Now, Right, Today)

"I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny ten years ago. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old."
- Winona Ryder
(Related: Time, Old, Years)

"The runs started in Thailand after the IMF intervened in such a dramatic way. Then the IMF came to Indonesia."
- Jeffrey Sachs
"The Russian drama began at the end of 1991, when the Soviet Union mercifully ended. Russia and 14 other new countries emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Every one of those 15 new states faced a profound historical, economic, financial, social and political challenge."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Financial, Challenge, Countries, Drama, End, Russia, states)

"Kids just don't read any more. They spend much more time with video games. It's just hard to get kids to read anything. Book sales have dropped dramatically, too. I think 90% of the books are bought only by 5% of the US population."
- Stan Sakai
(Related: Time, Books, Games, Kids, Population, Sales)

"In real life, events seem much less dramatic."
- Jessica Savitch
(Related: Life, Events)

"The whole problem of the sound-work is distancing oneself from the dramatic."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Sound)

"Most dramatically, and perhaps least noticed, is the violence inside Saudi Arabia itself."
- Michael Scheuer
(Related: Violence)

"We just happened to come along at time where there hadn't been a new young adult drama that also could appeal to adults as well in quite some time. We sort of found a little bit of a niche."
- Josh Schwartz
(Related: Time, Drama)

"There is always drama and there will always be drama, but its the way its presented in my head that makes it so interesting. Everyone gets their time in the middle of the drama."
- Josh Schwartz
(Related: Time, Drama, Will)

"I'm known as a kind of dramatic, serious, almost humorless actor and the fact is, I'm a funny guy, and I spend most of my life trying to find a lighter side of things, and on stage was given plenty of opportunity to do that."
- Campbell Scott
(Related: Funny, Life, Opportunity, Actor, Fact, Trying)

"What you do, is you gradually become more and more experienced, and more and more realistic about dramatic tolerance, i.e. about how long the play should be."
- Ridley Scott
(Related: Play, Tolerance)

"Wearing this kind of costume is not something I fantasize about. It's not natural, it's not comfortable. I don't see myself as this. But it gives you dramatic license to do almost anything when you're dressed as a bug."
- Joan Severance
"I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine and I thought it was beautiful. I had never been in a power plant before, but I felt, without being overly dramatic, compelled to make photographs of this for myself."
- John Sexton
(Related: Power, Thought, Being)

"They look so expectant, and then they look so depressed... that was the other great lesson that The Royal Hunt of the Sun taught me, it was the profundity that masked drama can achieve, that of course, the audience were not seeing masks moving at all."
- Peter Shaffer
(Related: Drama, Sun)

"I'm no way one of those comedians who want to do drama. I really do love comedies. I hope to go back to it."
- Molly Shannon
(Related: Love, Hope, Comedians, Drama, Want)

"There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film: the composition of a shot, the drama within the shot, the texture... It's palpable."
- William Shatner
(Related: Drama, Ecstasy)

"In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Food, Censure, Drama, Hatred, Order, Self)

"Until Genevieve I had tended towards the more dramatic type of role."
- Dinah Sheridan
"The rise of the dramas in the thirteenth century, and the rise of the great novels in a later period, together with their frank glorification of love and the joys of life, may be called the Third Renaissance."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Love, Life, May)

"Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand - the one doing the important job - unnoticed."
- David K. Shipler
(Related: Eye, Job)

"So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less."
- Douglas Sirk
(Related: Art, Idea, American, Mind, Perfection)

"There are lots of people in the world who do have the advantage of going to a good drama school and just decide that they want to be actors. There's nothing wrong with an untrained actor; they have to get their training somehow, they have to learn."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: People, Actor, Actors, Drama, Nothing, School, Training, Want, World, Wrong)

"Socialism is undoubtedly in the throes of a crisis greater than at any time since 1917. The last half of 1989 saw the dramatic collapse of most of the communist party governments of Eastern Europe."
- Joe Slovo
(Related: Time, Crisis, Europe, Party, Socialism)

"Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Home, Music)

"I've been very lucky to work on a wide variety of projects, including two long-run and top-10 dramatic television shows. That is why it is so important to offer a helping hand to the next generation of young Latinos coming up behind me."
- Jimmy Smits
(Related: Work, Projects, Television, Variety)

"Telecom is a dramatic success in India and our view is, respecting the political process, and respecting the fact that these are sovereign decisions, is that, approaching India as a friend."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Success, Friend, Decisions, Fact)

"Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues."
- Aaron Sorkin
(Related: Attention, Drama, Responsibility)

"I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection."
- Aaron Sorkin
(Related: Drama, Perfection, Television, Theatre, Writing)

"Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition; and how can he convey that idea successfully if he does not enter heart and soul into the life of the music and the tale it unfolds?"
- John Philip Sousa
(Related: Business, Life, Music, Soul, Heart, Idea, Public)

"You can't do the end of the world in a conventionally dramatic way or Boy Meets Girl way."
- Terry Southern
(Related: End, World)

"I don't remember a drama on TV that had shown a couple could be married but still love each other very much, spend every day as if they were still on their honeymoon, be sensuous, and have fun together."
- Aaron Spelling
(Related: Love, Day, Drama, Fun)

"Whatever dramas are going on in my life, I always find that place inside my head where I see myself as the cleanest, tallest, strongest, wisest person that I can be."
- Layne Staley
(Related: Life)

"Guy Ritchie, he thinks going to drama school is the worst thing in the world."
- Jason Statham
(Related: Drama, School, World)

"In reality, we can prove that the incidents of drug, alcohol abuse and violence have dropped dramatically among professional athletes - but the problem is it would be impossible to convince than fans, because of what they read on the AP wire."
- Leigh Steinberg
(Related: Abuse, Alcohol, Athletes, Fans, Reality, Violence)

"I don't devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Comedy, Drama)

"I think people will be curious to see what I can do as a dramatic actor."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: People, Actor, Will)

"I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: People, Actor, Expectations, Will)

"I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist; I'm a dramatist, a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history."
- Oliver Stone
(Related: History, Trying)

"I have the right to interpretation as a dramatist. I research. It's my responsibility to find the research. It's my responsibility to digest it and do the best that I can with it. But at a certain point that responsibility will become an interpretation."
- Oliver Stone
(Related: Research, Responsibility, Right, Will)

"I never put out a history, I put out a dramatic history."
- Oliver Stone
(Related: History)

"Sometimes I'll turn the channel and there's the movie and I can honestly say that those last few minutes always fascinate me. It's one of the rare instances when image, music, and drama work effectively."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Work, Music, Drama)

"English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Drama, English, Literature, Measure, Mind, Shakespeare, Value)

"I've been very physical my whole life. I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest, and when I trained at drama school for three years, we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques. And I was a dancer from 5 to 18, so I have a memory for choreography."
- Yvonne Strahovski
(Related: Life, Camping, Drama, Memory, School, Years)

"Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading."
- Igor Stravinsky
(Related: Music, Drama, Film, Living, Reading)

"A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Nature, People, English, Mankind, Poets, Shakespeare)

"It is not because I do not love my adopted land - it is the natural feeling of one far from home, who remembers those happy, carefree days when life flowed at full tide, without responsibility, flashing past one like the drama in a fascinating story of adventure and romance."
- Erich von Stroheim
(Related: Life, Love, Home, Romance, Adventure, Drama, Feeling, Land, Past, Responsibility)

"Some of the people that I photographed as sticks became much more voluptuous, much rounder, in some cases dramatically so, and I think they're even more beautiful."
- Jock Sturges
(Related: People)

"I think if I have any kind of unique gift, it's more in the comedy area than it is in the dramatic area."
- Susan Sullivan
(Related: Comedy)

"The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history."
- Larry Summers
(Related: History, Revolution)

"Before I got Doctor Who, I went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I went back to take the final grade exam, which is the grade you have to take before you can take the teacher's diploma."
- Sarah Sutton
(Related: Music, Drama, School)

"Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama."
- Allen Tate
(Related: Experience, Being, Conflict, Drama)

"Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form."
- Allen Tate
(Related: Experience, Criticism, May)

"I worked at Mark Foy's during the day and studied drama at night."
- Rod Taylor
(Related: Day, Drama, Night)

"There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Time, Drama, First, Reading, Shakespeare)

"I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of the busiest child dramatic actors in America."
- Mel Torme
(Related: Actors, America)

"One of the reasons for going back into the past is that it's almost the only place that there's any drama."
- Robert Towne
(Related: Drama, Past)

"The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage. I'm not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage."
- Pete Townshend
(Related: Music, Today)

"What I'm trying to do is find either existing properties or come up with properties or angles or stories which will create music drama. It's my obsession and most of all I would like to remain working in theatre. I think it's very much alive."
- Pete Townshend
(Related: Music, Drama, Obsession, Theatre, Trying, Will)

"I only really started to go to plays and to be interested in drama 20 years ago when as an artist I was already well-rounded. I think I'm more disciplined today."
- Pete Townshend
(Related: Artist, Drama, Today, Years)

"I don't always set stories in villages, more often in towns. But always in smallish communities because the characters' actions are more visible there, and the dramatic tension is heightened."
- Joanna Trollope
(Related: Actions, Tension)

"The constraints of melodrama can be a great blessing, because they demand that all the characters involved - as absurd and extreme as they may initially seem - must stay utterly rooted in their own reality, or the whole project collapses."
- Stanley Tucci
(Related: Extreme, May, Project, Reality)

"A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening."
- Kenneth Tynan
(Related: Time, Drama, Theatre)

"However now we can create a sound that can truly startle someone and in terms of sound effects I think the environment that we are in now has improved dramatically."
- Nobuo Uematsu
(Related: Environment, Now, Sound)

"It is a reality show... this show is never without drama."
- Mario Vazquez
(Related: Drama, Reality)

"I always feel like an interloper when I do serious drama. It's my own paranoia."
- Johnny Vegas
(Related: Drama, Paranoia)

"France, for example, loves at the same time history and the drama, because the one explores the vast destinies of humanity, and the other the individual lot of man."
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: History, Time, Drama, Example, France, Humanity)

"I may not lead the most dramatic life, but in my brain it's War and Peace everyday."
- Rufus Wainwright
(Related: Peace, War, Life, May)

"My country is in the grips of a major economic crisis. This is causing dramatic consequences for the very existence of Polish families. A permanent economic crisis in Poland may also have serious repercussions for Europe. Thus, Poland ought to be helped and deserves help."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Consequences, Country, Crisis, Europe, Existence, Help, May)

"The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still "are" human beings, now. Or can be."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Fact, Now)

"I live a dramatic life, it's just not on TV yet."
- Marc Wallice
(Related: Life)

"Teen drug use went up dramatically in the 1990s."
- John Walters
(Related: Teen)

"We know that if we can prevent kids from trying drugs in their teenage years, we dramatically reduce the likelihood that they will go on to have problems later in life."
- John Walters
(Related: Life, Drugs, Kids, Problems, Teenage, Trying, Will, Years)

"Comedy, at least the way I write comedy, is just drama with jokes."
- Rob Walton
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Jokes)

"We found that just by the way we stood, affected women dramatically, and if you look at our show, you'll see that we always stood with our legs open our fists on hips and our bat bulges forward, which had a profound effect on women!"
- Burt Ward
(Related: Women, Effect, Open)

"When the time came to make a decision about what do in life, I found myself thinking that acting was the thing I loved to do, so I applied to drama school. And then, I didn't get in - twice."
- Emily Watson
(Related: Time, Life, Decision, Acting, Drama, School, Thinking)

"I find myself gravitating towards drama. It interests me. In the books I read, the paintings I like, it's always the darker stuff."
- Naomi Watts
(Related: Books, Drama)

"Mum put me in drama classes when I was about 14. I'd been going on about it for some time, so maybe it was a way to shut me up."
- Naomi Watts
(Related: Time, Drama)

"I've been very fortunate to be able to jump around. I just did this really wonderful film called Map of the World. That was a real, amazing, dramatic story. Then I did a movie called Company Men, a little comedy about the Bay of Pigs."
- Sigourney Weaver
(Related: Men, Comedy, Company, Film, World)

"My biggest accomplishment was playing "Lark" on the daytime drama Port Charles because it was the most regular acting job I have had, and I had to step in and fill someone else's shoes."
- Amy Weber
(Related: Accomplishment, Acting, Drama, Job)

"Fox came to us with the concept for ICE AGE and they came to us with the first draft of the script. They also gave us a mandate to make it into a comedy from what was previously a rather dramatic action concept."
- Chris Wedge
(Related: Age, Action, Comedy, Draft, First)

"When you're young you have no worries, no drama, only your imagination. It's the best!"
- Devon Werkheiser
(Related: Imagination, Drama)

"The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Business, Experience, Nature, Work, Control, Environment, Will)

"I had to choose, I'd be so sad. They are flip sides of the same coin. I love both comedy and drama."
- Dianne Wiest
(Related: Love, Comedy, Drama)

"People want performers, personality and drama, and you got that in the ."
- Kim Wilde
(Related: People, Drama, Personality, Want)

"While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Romance, Actor, Realism)

"The theatre is supremely fitted to say: 'Behold! These things are.' Yet most dramatists employ it to say: 'This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.'"
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Truth, Action, Theatre)

"A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it."
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Action)

"People need to be peppered or even outraged occasionally. Our national comedy and drama is packed with earthy familiarity and honest vulgarity. Clean vulgarity can be very shocking and that, in my view, gives greater involvement."
- Kenneth Williams
(Related: People, Comedy, Drama, Familiarity, Vulgarity)

"Whatever kind of movie it is, you're going to be more into it when you care more about the drama, or you'll have a better laugh if you feel like you know the people better."
- Luke Wilson
(Related: People, Care, Drama)

"Especially with a comedy, you've got the clear cut goal of trying to make a scene funny. It's not like drama where you're trying to achieve some kind of emotion or trying to further the story along. You're trying to figure out what's the funniest way to do something."
- Luke Wilson
(Related: Funny, Goal, Comedy, Drama, Emotion, Trying)

"You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors - they're the cool seniors."
- Owen Wilson
(Related: Actors, Comedy, Hollywood, School)

"I definitely would like to do some more dramatic roles."
- Owen Wilson
"When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: History, Marriage, Drama, Eternity, United)

"It's fun to do a comedy and hook people in and then hoodwink them into watching a serious movie. I like to lead in with the comedy and then hit them over the head with a drama."
- Reese Witherspoon
(Related: People, Comedy, Drama, Fun)

"Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good."
- P. G. Wodehouse
"Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way for advertisers to reach a mass audience. Once that changes, all bets are off."
- Dick Wolf
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Programming)

"This story's gonna grab people. It's about this guy, he's crazy about this girl, but he likes to wear dresses. Should he tell her? Should he not tell her? He's torn, Georgie. This is drama."
- Ed Wood
(Related: People, Drama)

"When you act dramatically in that way it often has a consequence that is very negative."
- George Woodcock
(Related: Negative, Act)

"Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction and powers of each of the branches of government. It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Government, Morality, Ending, Play, Study)

"I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Quality, Drama, Information, Journalism)

"I had an amazing experience working with great people. I had a great family, a typical family with drama in certain areas, and that's pretty much everywhere in everyone's life."
- Tina Yothers
(Related: Experience, Family, Life, People, Drama, Pretty)

"The joy of winning is not as dramatic as the losses were, because I expected us to win."
- Jack Youngblood
(Related: Winning, Joy)

"Since the season ended, I've let things settle down, and I have to talk to the coaching staff and management. I really don't want to turn this into a big drama. So I plan on making a definite decision relatively quickly."
- Steve Yzerman
(Related: Decision, Management, Coaching, Drama, Talk, Want)

"I like to see love stories: romantic comedy or romantic drama."
- Pia Zadora
(Related: Love, Comedy, Drama, Romantic)

"Maybe John Kerry does not know - but I am happy to explain it to him - that my commitment to withdraw the troops goes back before the tragic, dramatic terrorist attack."
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
(Related: Commitment, Troops)

"The level of shyness has gone up dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Shyness)

"And I try to be as diplomatic as I can, but it always ends up being a psychodrama up there on stage."
- John Zorn
(Related: Being)