"Life is also an art, and the man who would become a consummate artist in living must follow, on all levels of his being, the same procedure as that by which the painter or the sculptor or any other craftsman comes to in his own more limited perfection."
"Why should a painter work
"Far more important than the poem
"...in art there is no final goal. There is always further to go. It is a voyage of unending discovery, and as in all such voyages, what is gathered by the wayside is often as valuable as what is found at the destination."
"It seems, in brief, that the highest possible idea of the theatre is one that reconciles us philosophically with Becoming..."
"In educating the actor, Stanislawski not only equipped him with a professional technique but also developed him spiritually, directing him to the path of service to art. 'We must love not ourselves in art, but art in ourselves,' he used to say."
"You see, before I leave this world for good, I should like to raise myself, through my work and for my work to the level of the really great subjects sacred subjects to the very heart of the mystery. The theatre sprang from religion. It is my greatest wish that, somehow, through me in some small way they might be reunited."
"Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art? Not in order to teach others but to learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and unrepeatable experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage; in short, to fill the emptiness in us: to fulfill ourselves. Art is neither a state of the soul (in the sense of some extraordinary, unpredictable moment of inspiration) nor a state of man (in the sense of a profession or social function). Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light."
"...the origins, liveliness, and durability of cultures require that there be space for figures whose function is to uncover and disrupt the very things that cultures are based on."
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