The Great Acting Blog: “Here’s Some Inspiration From 10 Truly Great Actors”

Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo


Despite our good intentions, despite our best endevours, sometimes our attempts to achieve our important goals become so convoluted that we lose sight of the vision that inspired us to begin in the first place.

So here’s a little bit of simplicity, directness and wisdom from ten of the greatest, to inspire us, to refresh us, to help us see the woods from the trees and to give us perspective.


“We have to be optimistic. The moment actors start thinking otherwise, they’re dead. You simply have to believe you have a future.” – Peter O’Toole.

‘Go your own way. Do what you want. Everyone plays his own game.’ – Jean -Paul Belmondo

“Keep the circus going inside you, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end” – David Niven

“Don’t give in. Make your own trail. Don’t moan. Don’t complain. Think positively”. – Katharine Hepburn

“Art is good for the soul precisely because it reminds us we have souls” – Tilda Swinton

“Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.” – Robert De Niro

“There just isn’t any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying” – Robert Mitchum

“If you’re not going to tell the truth, then why start talking?” – Gene Wilder

“Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.” – Denholm Elliott

“A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never ceased to be amused.” – Shirley Maclaine

*BONUS –  “I think one day you’ll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for.”  – James Stewart


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