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STEVE MARTIN

"Doing comedy alone onstage is the ego's last stand."

STEVE MARTIN

18

379 reads

STEVE MARTIN

Darkness is essential: If light is thrown on the audience, they don't laugh; I might as well have told them to still and be quiet.

STEVE MARTIN

20

3.71K reads

STEVE MARTIN

"The comedian's slang for a successful show is "I murdered them," which I'm sure came about because you finally realize that the audience is capable of murdering you."

STEVE MARTIN

15

297 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"This book is not an autobiography but a biography, because I am writing about someone I used to know. Yes, these events are true, yet sometimes they seemed to have happened to someone else, and I often felt like a curious onlooker or someone trying to remember a death."

STEVE MARTIN

17

224 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"I could not sing or dance, and the only acting I did was really just shouting. Thankfully perseverence is a great substitute for talent."

STEVE MARTIN

21

223 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do."

STEVE MARTIN

20

195 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspirations."

STEVE MARTIN

18

181 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"Any new social philosophy is good for creativity."

STEVE MARTIN

15

163 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"Teaching is, after all, a form of show business."

STEVE MARTIN

15

160 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"I felt that a career in the irrational world of creativity not only made sense but had moral purpose."

STEVE MARTIN

15

151 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"Comedy is a distortion of what is happening, and there will always be something happening."

STEVE MARTIN

15

142 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"It was easy to be great. Every entertainer has a night when everything is clicking. These nights are accidental and statistical: Like lucky cards in poker, you can count on them occurring over time. What was hard was to be good, consistently good, night after night, no matter what the abominable circumstances." 

STEVE MARTIN

18

130 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"The few hours I spent in the clubs and coffeehouses seemed like a full existence."

STEVE MARTIN

14

141 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"Celebrities want fame when it's useful and don't when it's not. That argument is absolutely true."

STEVE MARTIN

13

132 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"Movies were social; stand-up was antisocial."

STEVE MARTIN

12

142 reads

STEVE MARTIN

"In psychoanalysis, you try to retain a discovery; in art, once the thing is made, you let it go."

STEVE MARTIN

16

133 reads

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Quotes from one of the greatest multihyphenates of all time, Steve Martin.

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