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All Quotes by author - Robert Wilson
" Actors always start with the voice and language. That's wrong. They should start with the body. The body is an actor's most important resource. "
" All theater is dance. "
" As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas. "
" At the end of the 1960s, I was part of the downtown theatrical movement in New York that was making work in alleyways, garages, gyms, churches, non-traditional spaces. The idea was to get away from the illusion of the conventional theatre. But then I thought, what's wrong with illusion? "
" By giving the leadership to the private sector in a capitalistic society, we're going to measure the value of art by how many products we can sell. "
" Chairs are like sculpture. "
" Christopher Knowles, Buechner, Heiner Mueller, Burroughs, Chekhov, Shakespeare - it's all one body of work. "
" Counterpoint is difficult. I have been doing it since the beginning of my career. But it is not just taking any opposite. It is finding the right opposite. "
" Everything in Wagner's work - the music, the acting, the staging - stemmed from the text. Everything served to interpret the text. "
" I always thought of the English landscape as being English gardens. "
" I collect rocks from all over the world. I have a ring of stones that date to 3500 B.C. It's like a little Stonehenge. "
" I did a masterclass at the Juilliard and asked the students, 'Can you stand?' 'Sure.' 'Can you walk?' 'Sure.' They couldn't. They had never really thought about it. "
" I don't see anyone for the first hour and a half that I'm awake. I don't like to talk, and I don't like to hear any sounds. People know not to bother me! I use that time to read, and make lists and notes of things I have to do later in the day. "
" I don't see much difference between living and working. I think living is a part of my work. People often say, 'How can you work so much?' I don't think about it as work. I think of it as a way to live. "
" I do still collect chairs. "
" If we lose our culture, we lose our memory. "
" If you see the sunset, does it have to mean something? If you hear the birds singing does it have to have a message? "
" If you slow things down, you notice things you hadn't seen before. "
" If you take a Baroque commode and put a Baroque clock on top of it, maybe it is not so interesting as when you put a computer on top of it. Then you see both items in a new way. "
" I grew up in a town where there were no galleries, no museums, no theaters - a very religious, ultraconservative community. "
" I had dinner with Marlene Dietrich in the early 1970s. I went to pick her up and she had someone with her, a dreadful man. He was writing a book about her, and he said to her, 'You're so cold when you perform,' and she said, 'You didn't listen to the voice.' She said the difficulty was to place the voice with the face. "
" I had no idea I was going to have a career in the theater. I did not plan it. "
" I learned loudness from working with Lou Reed. "
" I'm an artist, not a philosopher. "
" I met a 13-year-old black child, Raymond, who had never been to school and had never learnt any words, yet it seemed to me that he was intelligent. It became apparent after a short period that Raymond thought in terms of visual signs and movements. "
" I'm supposed to be the guy who hates naturalism. "
" Increasingly, I find myself drawn to classic forms - to Euripides, Shakespeare and grand opera. "
" In Europe, unlike the States, they have a cultural policy. "
" I never studied theatre; I learned it by doing it. If I had studied theatre, I would not be making the kind of theatre I am making. "
" I never thought about the relationship of my mother, my family, to the content of my work. "
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