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All Quotes by author - Theodore Bikel
" Accents. I'm very good with accents. I'm exceedingly good. "
" After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could. "
" All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice. "
" Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission. "
" An actor is supposed to emulate life. Instead, alas, many are imitating other actors. You don't fashion your knowledge of theatre or your approach to a role on the basis of what other actors have done. This kind of thinking is a great danger, especially in dealing with TV producers who frequently say things like, 'This is a Sean Connery type.' "
" As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government. "
" Audiences are audiences. "
" But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel. "
" But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist. "
" By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul. "
" Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general. "
" Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know? "
" Every actor wants to direct. "
" For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles. "
" Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out. "
" I always sang, I always acted, I always played. "
" I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family. "
" I am a Zionist, an ardent supporter of Israel, its defender when I deem Israel to be right and its critic when I deem it to be wrong. "
" I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive. "
" I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder. "
" I am first, and foremost, an actor. That's what I am. To me, a song is a mini-drama. My musical ability informs the actor as well because it gives me a sense of timing that non-musicians don't have. So, one hand washes the other. "
" I am not, and have never been, in favor of boycotting Israel. "
" I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts. "
" I created the role of Captain Von Trapp. "
" I do not know who there is among us that can claim to know God's purpose and God's intent. "
" I don't speak out because I am an actor nor will I keep silent because I am an actor. I respect my profession, but it endows me with no special privileges; but it also does not limit me or muzzle me. I am a person and a citizen with the attendant responsibilities of voice and vote. "
" I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all. "
" If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct. It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to. "
" I glory in the fact that a human being has multiple talents and exercises them all with a degree of integrity and artistic proficiency. That's what I do. "
" I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation. "
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