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Sarah Kemble Siddons
“The awful consciousness that one is the sole object of attention to that immense space, lined as it were with human intellect from top to bottom, and on all side round, may be perhaps be imagined but can not be described.”
“... customary interruptions are not only gratifying and cheering, but they are also really necessary in order to gain breath and voice to carry one on through some violent exertions; though after all it must be confessed that silence is the most flattering applause an Actor can receive.”
“Alas, how wretched is the being who depends on the stability of public favour!”
Sarah Kemble Siddons, English actor
(1755 - 1831)