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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Thomas Betterton

  • [An English dramatist, and one of the most popular actors of his time; born in Westminster, 1635; excelled in the rôles of Othello, Macbeth, and Hamlet, and was commended by Addison, Pope, and Dryden; died 1710.]
  • Actors speak of things imaginary as if they were real, while you preachers too often speak of things real as if they were imaginary.

  • When asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury why actors were more successful in impressing their auditors than preachers.