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A collection of quotes by Stella Adler on books, technique, acting, truth, talent, choice, experience, mind, and creativity.

24 Interesting Quotes By Stella Adler

Famous As: American Actress & Acting Teacher
Born On: February 10, 1901
Died On: December 21, 1992
Born In: New York City, New York, U.S.
Founder / Co Founder: Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Died At Age: 91
Stella Adler was an American acting teacher and actress. She founded the ‘Stellar Adler Studio of Acting,’ in Los Angeles and New York City along with Joanne Linville, who still teaches Adler’s techniques in the acting studio. The school in New York City is run by her grandson, and has produced alumni like Kipp Hamilton, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Jenny Lumet, Kate Mulgrew, etc. We have rounded some quotes by Stella Adler, which have been curated from her teachings, writings, books, twords, thoughts, views, experiences, movies, dialogues, and life. Scroll through the collection of insightful thoughts by Stella Adler on affirmation, dreams, goals, self-motivation, script, self-realization, failure, learning, life, purpose, etc.

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one

Stella Adler

The thing that makes you say, "I want to do something" - that is the beginning of talent.

Stella Adler

Actors need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don't be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you.

Stella Adler

Acting is in everything but the words.

Stella Adler

The best author is a dead author, because he's out of your way and you own the play. Take what he has given you and use it for what you need.

Stella Adler

Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.

Stella Adler

You cannot afford to confine your studies to the classroom. The universe and all of history is your classroom.

Stella Adler

You will only fail to learn if you do not learn from failing.

Stella Adler

Your job as actors is to understand the size of what you say, to understand what's beneath the word.

Stella Adler

The imagination is closer to the actor than real life-more agreeable, more comfortable.

Stella Adler

You have to do something. If you do something, you become somebody. Even a daffodil does something, has a profession. It gives off scent, professionally.

Stella Adler

Sometimes life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one

Stella Adler

You should want to act only because you want to be led to something bigger in life.

Stella Adler

No actor is a success unless he feels inside himself, as long as he lives, that he is good.

Stella Adler

...actors today think that being true is being nice, or being some other "set" thing. That is not the truth. That is your miserable habit of boring everybody to death.

Stella Adler

You will fail. That's great. Here's a secret for you - that's the only way you can learn. Learning has to cost you something. If you fail but learn something from your failure, you will grow.

Stella Adler

When you most succeed, you do so by seeming not to act at all.

Stella Adler

You'll never really be great unless you aim high.

Stella Adler

You'll begin to act when you can forget your technique - when it is so securely inside you that you need not call upon it consciously.

Stella Adler

The actor must be full of passion. If he's too cool he's better off as the manager of a company, not someone who appears on the stage.

Stella Adler

If you can't take both sides, it means you can only play yourself.

Stella Adler

Emotions aren't doable. Actions are doable, and if you do them correctly, they prompt the feelings.

Stella Adler

Acting is reacting.

Stella Adler

Acting can be the healthiest profession in the world, because it allows you to do things you can't do in real life. It allows you to understand more than just what life provides you.

Stella Adler