Laurence Olivier

1907 - 1989

A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on audiences and thought

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on life and simplicity

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

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Reader's Digest, Dec 1989.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on disappointment, life, love, sacrifice, and time

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

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Los Aangeles Times, 26 Feb 1978.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on acting, heart, knowledge, and work

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

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Look Magazine, 27 Jan 1970.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on politicians and time

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

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on acting and universe

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

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on acting, force, resentment, retirement, and theater

On resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater, I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare.... An actor must act.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: On Acting, Simon & Schuster 86, quoted by Robert Brustein, New Republic, 3 Nov 86

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on force, resentment, retirement, and theater

On resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater, My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: On Acting, Simon & Schuster 86, quoted by Robert Brustein, New Republic, 3 Nov 86

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on acting and books

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

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on experience, justice, and needs

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

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