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Non-fiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylised recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.

Tags: Experience, Often  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.

Tags: Best, Forget  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

Tags: Envy, Men  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

Tags: Great, Truth  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

I didn't have to audition. That's common, but it had never happened to me before. Normally, I hate auditioning. I need to stew and think... let the character develop and grow inside me.

Tags: Grow, Hate  ✍ Author: Casey Affleck

The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off - I'd rather stay in character.

Tags: Focus, Rather  ✍ Author: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Also, I'd like to play an athlete again, while I'm still physically fit, or a musician, like Nat King Cole, because I play the trumpet and sing. I'd like to incorporate that into a character.

Tags: Again, While  ✍ Author: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

I think it's important to keep your personal life to yourself as much as you can. It protects your sanity and you need to have boundaries. And it helps that enchantment of watching an actor. If you know someone's favourite colour or what they like to do on a Sunday, you won't fall for the character as much.

Tags: Life, Yourself  ✍ Author: Dianna Agron

I want a character to wake up one day and feel like, 'I can face it'. That, to me, is happy. I want the characters to rescue themselves, though you use the relationships you have, to make you strong enough to be able to do that.

Tags: Happy, Strong  ✍ Author: Cecelia Ahern

I used to make up stories about my father. I would go to the movies and look for a character who looked like my father.

Tags: Father, Movies  ✍ Author: Danny Aiello

If I stunk for some reason, you can always blame it on the character.

Tags: Blame, Reason  ✍ Author: Danny Aiello

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

Tags: Power, Society  ✍ Author: John Adams

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Tags: Destiny, Law  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.

Tags: Respect, Struggle  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.

Tags: May, Means  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

Tags: Actions, Moral  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

My mom was such a strong character. I don't want to say she was like a man, but she was tough.

Tags: Mom, Strong  ✍ Author: Lance Armstrong

Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

Tags: Mind, Thoughts  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Tags: Men, Power  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Tags: Real, Reputation  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Tags: Attitude, Weakness  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Tags: Great, Wrong  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

Tags: Religion, Strength  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.

Tags: Real, Worth  ✍ Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Tags: Experience, Life  ✍ Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
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I'm looking forward to becoming a marvelous - excuse the word marvelous - character actress. like Marie Dressler, like Will Rogers.

Tags: Forward, Word  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes I've been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.

Tags: Evening, Men  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

Tags: Communication, May  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Tags: Children, Equality  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Tags: Education, True  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Tags: Color, Content  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.

Tags: Food, Tell  ✍ Author: Ronald Reagan

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Tags: Nature, Strong  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person.

Tags: Fitness, May  ✍ Author: Charles Babbage

Our immigration system is a broken system that needs to be fixed. We need reform that provides hardworking people of good character with a real path towards citizenship.

Tags: Good, Real  ✍ Author: Joe Baca

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

Tags: Greatest, Mind  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

I'm always happier and a better actor when I can really lose myself in a character and become somebody else.

Tags: Become, Else  ✍ Author: Kevin Bacon

An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.

Tags: Put, Training  ✍ Author: Robert Baden-Powell

Like at Halloween: I knew I'd arrived when I saw people dressing up on Halloween as my character.

Tags: Halloween, Knew  ✍ Author: Jane Badler

Actors are hard to photograph because they never want to reveal who they are. You don't know if you're getting a character from a Chekhov play or a Polanski film. It depends what mood they're in.

Tags: Getting, Hard  ✍ Author: David Bailey

The core character of Victorians is one of aspiration and ambition, and Victorians have, since first settlement days... demonstrated that core character over and over again.

Tags: Again, Ambition  ✍ Author: Ted Baillieu

Tom Bosley may have passed, but through that part and that character, a part of him will live on forever.

Tags: Him, May  ✍ Author: Scott Baio

By a great man, however, we mean a man who, because of his spiritual gifts, his character, and other qualities, deserves to be called great and who as a result earns the power to influence others.

Tags: Great, Power  ✍ Author: Fredrik Bajer

In the best farce today we start with some absurd premise as to character or situation, but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.

Tags: Best, Today  ✍ Author: George Pierce Baker

When I do a mask, I do try to put a lot of character and a lot of expression into the sculpt.

Tags: Put, Try  ✍ Author: Rick Baker

When I have to play the same role every day, I have the flexibility to play the character in so many different ways. It's almost like playing five different roles.

Tags: Almost, Playing  ✍ Author: Simon Baker

I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.

Tags: Knowledge, Respect  ✍ Author: Mikhail Bakunin

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down within incredible swiftness.

Tags: Incredible, Within  ✍ Author: Faith Baldwin

I look for an interesting and often times, fresh character. Something different that what is done all the time or than I've done recently. I look at who is directing. Those two variables as well as a third, which is the content and the quality of the screenplay. I look at the arcs of the scenes and characters and relationships.

Tags: Done, Time  ✍ Author: William Baldwin

I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It's wonderful, isn't it?

Tags: Movies, Wonderful  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

My hope is that people will be repulsed by the character's complete lack of ethics and obsession with consumerism - that's what I was saying about the difference between the character's message and the film's message.

Tags: Hope, Saying  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

When it comes to films, people often don't differentiate between the message of a bad central character and the message of the film itself. They are two separate things.

Tags: Bad, Between  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

But I learned that there's a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there's not much else that can really get to ya.

Tags: Happy, Yourself  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

I think all writers are armchair psychologists to some degree or another, and I think a character's sexuality is fascinating. It's a great way to really get at the root of their identity, because it's such a personal thing.

Tags: Another, Great  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

Ultimately, physical resemblance isn't as important as whether this person can bring this character to life in a way that's compelling and makes me care about what happens to them.

Tags: Care, Life  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

There are two ways to go about it. You can take a compass and draw a perfect circle and make two perfect eyes as neat as can be. Or you can do it freehand and have some fun with it. Like I did. Give it character.

Tags: Fun, Give  ✍ Author: Harvey Ball

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.

Tags: Education, Mother  ✍ Author: Hosea Ballou

If you can jump up onstage and make people laugh, shouldn't you also be able to inhabit a character?

Tags: Able, Laugh  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

The more I love the character, the harder it is to get it wrong. I have to get to a point that I can speak for them.

Tags: Love, Wrong  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

I don't like to come at my character from some really technical place.

Tags: Place, Technical  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

I get inhabited by a character and then you mourn it. There's a period of mourning for me, definitely.

Tags: Definitely, Period  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

Picasso is a character that has pursued me for a long time and I always rejected. He deserves a lot of respect because I am from Malaga, and I was born four blocks from where he was born.

Tags: Respect, Time  ✍ Author: Antonio Banderas

When you go to the movie theater and the opening of this movie and you see the kids just cracking up with a character you are giving your voice to, you get goose bumps. It's so beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Giving  ✍ Author: Antonio Banderas

It's a character that I always found really likable. I'm fond of Zorro because he was a popular figure who worked for the people.

Tags: Found, Worked  ✍ Author: Antonio Banderas

Whenever people say they didn't like the main character of a book, they mean they didn't like the book. The main character has to be a friend? I don't get that.

Tags: Book, Friend  ✍ Author: Lester Bangs

I wouldn't like to be a character in one of my books!

Tags: Books  ✍ Author: Iain Banks

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.

Tags: Good, Great  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

Tags: Looking  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.

Tags: Complete, Life  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

I really liked drama and being in plays, so when I was playing a character onstage and I could act like somebody else, then I wasn't scared or nervous, but I didn't like meeting new people when I had to be myself. That was scary.

Tags: Else, Playing  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

Strong female characters - even if they don't necessarily make the same decisions that we might - make such great narrative material, especially when there's an equally strong male character in the mix.

Tags: Great, Strong  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

All of my characters are a little bit based on people I know in real life. You know when you do that you have to change the character a little bit in case your friend or your relative reads the book, because you don't want them to know you wrote about them... They might get mad.

Tags: Change, Life  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

Whenever people get to see you, it's a great thing. Once people see an image and see the character, they can get into the music a lot more.

Tags: Great, Music  ✍ Author: Ryan Cabrera

At 24, my head was as shiny as a cue ball on a billiard table. I naturally thought this meant curtains. Actually, I found it helped. When I was too young to play real character parts, they mistook me for older because of the bald noggin. I got juicy roles right from the start.

Tags: Real, Thought  ✍ Author: Frank Cady

I don't want a perfect character, I want a character who has, as strange as it sounds, some humanity, some flaws, some needs.

Tags: Humanity, Perfect  ✍ Author: John Cage

At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read. The name Cage came from a comic book character called Power Man.

Tags: Age, Power  ✍ Author: John Cage

I hit the ground running, without a lot of training, so I had to do whatever I could do to survive as a professional, and if that meant being that character 24/7 and acting out, I was going to do that. I lived those characters, I brought them home with me.

Tags: Home, Training  ✍ Author: John Cage

Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild.

Tags: Crazy, Playing  ✍ Author: John Cage

I've made the transition from star to character actor and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Tags: Actor, Star  ✍ Author: Michael Caine

To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times.

Tags: Difficult, Self  ✍ Author: Michael Caine

Character, I am sure, lies in the genes.

Tags: Lies, Sure  ✍ Author: Taylor Caldwell

Your work isn't just to learn and say the lines. Your work is to figure out what the chatter in your brain is, that's going on under the lines. It doesn't matter whether you're speaking or not speaking because your mind is working the way your character's mind would work.

Tags: Mind, Work  ✍ Author: Sarah Wayne Callies

I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and really understand little, if anything, about him, his life or his books.

Tags: Him, Life  ✍ Author: Simon Callow

We have the character of an island nation: independent, forthright, passionate in defence of our sovereignty. We can no more change this British sensibility than we can drain the English Channel. And because of this sensibility, we come to the European Union with a frame of mind that is more practical than emotional.

Tags: Change, Mind  ✍ Author: David Cameron

I started writing morning pages just to keep my hand in, you know, just because I was a writer and I didn't know what else to do but write. And then one day as I was writing, a character came sort of strolling in and I realized, Oh my God, I don't have to be just a screenwriter. I can write novels.

Tags: God, Morning  ✍ Author: Julia Cameron

I don't have any complex plans for playing a character. I think all I try to do is not make too many bad guy faces and not ever try to seem too good. I just try to put it in the middle somewhere.

Tags: Bad, Good  ✍ Author: Billy Campbell

Actors who say they can dive inside a character are either schizophrenic or lying.

Tags: Either, Inside  ✍ Author: Bruce Campbell

You're being cast for your acting ability. It's not based on the way your body functions. If you're playing a lead in a movie, it's for that character and they'll tailor it to you. In a dance company, you have to fit in a definite mold.

Tags: Acting, Dance  ✍ Author: Neve Campbell

I think I may have become an actor to hide from myself. You can escape into a character.

Tags: Become, May  ✍ Author: John Candy

You can escape into a character.

Tags: Escape  ✍ Author: John Candy

I like flawed characters very much. A lot of times I get asked to do parts that are kind of small but key - three-scene roles that are three kick-ass scenes. Growing up, watching as many movies as I did, I was always into character actors like that.

Tags: Movies, Small  ✍ Author: Bobby Cannavale

Well, I am a lot like my dad, and the character of Ted is based on my dad.

Tags: Based, Dad  ✍ Author: Joseph Cannon

The beautiful thing about acting is that you can just dive into the character, strip yourself of everything, and just get in there and perfect your craft.

Tags: Beautiful, Yourself  ✍ Author: Nick Cannon

I think being mean to people in high school is healthy. It's sort of like you're in this situation with all these other kids and sometimes you need to get your aggression out. And if you'd had people be mean to you before, it really does build character.

Tags: Mean, School  ✍ Author: Lizzy Caplan

I think it's necessary to identify with anything - with any character you play, there's got to be something in common, so you can link up to that person, even if it's like one tiny thing. But it's equally fun to play somebody completely different, and trying to find what that thing is to make it.

Tags: Fun, Trying  ✍ Author: Lizzy Caplan

I try to bring elements of my own personality to every character I've played, but I think I'm pretty similar to the character I'm playing now. The biggest departure would have to have been Freaks and Geeks Sara, who was this sort of subordinate and shy girl.

Tags: Girl, Pretty  ✍ Author: Lizzy Caplan

There are not that many jobs as an actor where you don't get to know what your character will be doing from episode to episode.

Tags: Actor, Jobs  ✍ Author: Linda Cardellini

I like diversity; I want one character to be very different from the next. I love to live with a character for a long time if I can, but I like one character to be different from the next.

Tags: Love, Time  ✍ Author: Linda Cardellini

You know, the hard thing about audiences not liking what a character does is that they sometimes take it out on the actor personally. That's something that you know when you become an actor or actress, but it's always hard to deal with when it actually happens.

Tags: Hard, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Linda Cardellini

It's interesting when you're trying to create a character in animation. It's really a communal effort.

Tags: Effort, Trying  ✍ Author: Steve Carell
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