I: You must be happy and sorry at the same time. Gleaming and tender.
The Creature: That’s it. I can’t feel those two things simultaneously.
I: Nobody can, but you can be that.
The Creature: To be that without feeling it? How is that possible?
I: With the help of your unconscious memory – of your memory of feelings.
The Creature: Unconscious memory of feelings? You mean to say that I must unconsciously memorize my feelings?
I: God forbid. We have a special memory to feelings, which works unconsciously by itself and for itself. It’s right there. It is that which makes experience an essential part of our life and craft. All we have to do is to know how to use it.
Richard Boleslavsky, Acting The First Six Lessons, Theatre Arts Books, 1999, p. 40