“If considering his personal qualities… above all things, whether he had control of himself. For an actor who has no self-possession… has, generally speaking, little talent.” — Goethe
This doesn’t just apply to actors!
The quote is Goethe on hiring new actors for the theater, from Conversations with Goethe with Johann Peter Eckermann. Nietzsche called this book, “the best German book there is.” While Nietzsche’s own books may be in contention for that title, it is a good book.
Here’s another quote:
“He who would train actors much have infinite patience.”
Again, it doesn’t just apply to the training of actors, it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products…
Now go lift something heavy,