Audience Quotes

In music, the punctuation is absolutely strict, the bars and rests are absolutely defined. But our punctuation cannot be quite strict, because we have to relate it to the audience. In other words we are continually changing the score.

Ralph Richardson

Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?

Jean Genet

I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach

Alfred Hitchcock

It is true that the poet does not directly address his neighbors; but he does address a great congress of persons who dwell at the back of his mind, a congress of all those who have taught him and whom he has admired; they constitute his ideal audience and his better self.

Richard Wilbur

In the world's audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight

Rabindranath Tagore

So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.

Moss Hart

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

Alfred Hitchcock

Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.

James Stewart

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.


He's not oblivious to the fact that people in Washington will take note when he says something, especially something outlandish, but his primary audience is his listeners.

Richard Cizik

Men whose only concern is other people's opinion of them are like actors who put on a poor performance to win the applause of people of poor taste; some of them would be capable of good acting in front of a good audience. A decent man plays his part to the best of his ability, regardless of the taste of the gallery.

Nicolas Chamfort

We are the actors and the audience as well, all of us. And the critics. We are also the critics.

Orson Scott Card

You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors and the audience, - and each must give something.

Kenneth Haigh

One of the reasons I enjoy going to the Opera is the spectacle of an audience enraptured. Their emotions are engaged, their passions brought to the fore, they become highly sensitive.

Derren Victor Brown

There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.

Henri Matisse

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