Audiences Quotes

[T]here is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.

William Gaddis

The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots

Alfred Jarry

The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he

Karl Kraus

The great orator always shows a dash of contempt for the opinions of his audience

Elbert Hubbard

Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within, going abroad only for audience, and spectator, as we adapt our voice and phrase to the distance and character of the ear we speak to

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is my custom to keep on talking until I get the audience cowed

Mark Twain

Not content to have the audience in the palm of his hand, he goes one further and clinches his fist.

Kenneth Tynan

Opera is an 18th- and 19th-century art that must find a 20th-century audience.

Goeran Gentele

If there are twelve clowns in a ring, you can jump in the middle and start reciting Shakespeare, but to the audience, you'll just be the thirteenth clown

Adam Walinsky

In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.

Alfred Hitchcock

The audience is the best judge of anything. They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer. A moment that lags - they're gonna cough.

Barbra Streisand

Audiences cry in the theater when people make a hard choice-for life.

Bill C. Davis

An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.

Billy Wilder

Not an audience but a habit.

Gian Carlo Menotti

Our strong suit is what we do, and our audience.

Jerry Garcia

I've spent several years in Hollywood, and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience.

Wilson Mizner

I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.

Lucille Ball

If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.

Alfred Hitchcock

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

Alfred Hitchcock

There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.

Blaise Pascal

I began to work the stage and get the audience into it. I also learned how to have fun out there. It is something I will never forget.

Aaliyah

I still get very scared when I step in front of a live audience.

Adam Sandler

The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.

Lenny Bruce

I try to do something the audience might not have seen before. Like if I'm gonna kiss a girl I wanna kiss her like a girl has never been kissed. Like maybe I would kick her legs out from under her and catch her right before she hits the ground and then kiss her.

Jim Carrey

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Updated On : February 11, 2010
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