“I must warn you, at this point, to avoid examination of any past experience which you have never talked about or wanted to talk about. Here you will be on dangerous ground because you will not know what will happen to you, and without an understanding or a degree of objectivity to the experience it is useless to you artistically. There are teachers who actually force actors into dealing with something buried (their response to the death of a parent, or a trauma of a bad accident). What results is hysteria or worse, and is, in my opinion, anti-art. We are not pursuing psychotherapy. If you feel mentally sick or disturbed and in need of it, by all means go to a trained doctor or therapist, but NOT an acting teacher.”

“Sometimes you ask, ‘What if I work for a headache and it stays with me?’ I can only answer, ‘Work for an aspirin.’ ”