Above all the other arts
You, the actor, must conquer
The art of observation
Your training must begin among
The lives of other people.
Make your first school
The place you work in, your home,
The district to which you belong,
The shop, the street the train.
Observe each one you set your eyes upon
Observe the strangers as if they were familiar
And those whom you know as if they were strangers.
- Poems on the Theatre, Bertolt Brecht