We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.
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- They are, as it were, train-bearers in the pageant of life, and hold a glass up to humanity, frailer than itself. We see ourselves at second-hand in them: they show us all that we are, all that we wish to be, and all that we dread to be. What brings the resemblance nearer is, that, as they imitate us, we, in our turn, imitate them. There is no class of society whom so many persons regard with affection as actors.
- They are the only honest hypocrites, their life is a voluntary dream, a studied madness.
- The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.
- Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
- There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
- An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.