An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





When I'm talking to a large audience, I imagine that I'm talking to a single person.


Red Barber (1908-1992, American baseball broadcaster)


Every crowd has a silver lining.


P.T. Barnum (1810-1891, American showman, entertainer, circus builder)


I never let them cough. They wouldn't dare.


Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959, American actress)


Your audience gives you everything you need. They tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience.


Fanny Brice (1891-1951, American entertainer)


Many audiences all over the world will answer positively from their own experience that they have seen the face of the invisible through an experience on the stage that transcended their experience in life. They will maintain that Oedipus or Berenice or Hamlet or The Three Sisters performed with beauty and with love fires the spirit and gives them a reminder that daily drabness is not necessarily all.


Peter Stephen Paul Brook (1925-, British theater and film director)


It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.


Diogenes of Sinope (c.410-320 BC, Cynic philosopher)


It is because the public are a mass -- inert, obtuse, and passive -- that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are -- and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence.


Alfred Jarry (1873-1907, French playwright, author)


It's easier to find a new audience than to write a new speech.


Dan Kennedy (American businessman, marketing expert)


We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dream life.


David Mamet (1947-, American playwright)


My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone.


Arthur Miller (1915-, American dramatist)


I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.


Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866, British author)


I'm not here for your amusement. You're here for mine.


John Lydon Rotten (1957-, British rock musician)


It's the admirer and the watcher who provoke us to all the inanities we commit.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The audience is the most revered member of the theater. Without an audience there is no theater. Every technique learned by the actor, every curtain, every flat on the stage, every careful analysis by the director, every coordinated scene, is for the enjoyment of the audience. They are our guests, our evaluators, and the last spoke in the wheel which can then begin to roll. They make the performance meaningful.


Viola Spolin (1911-, American theatrical director, producer)


Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.


Jimmy Stewart


Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.


Gore Vidal (1925-, American novelist, critic)


To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


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 (1906-2002, American film director)


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