Todd said, "commas accelerate thought," which I had missed, before.
Todd quoted Elias Kazan as saying that as an actor you "pass the soul of the character through you faster than thought."
Though it takes some training or experience to quite get the richness of this phrase, I also found helpful hearing Todd remind us that we must "just commit to the word." "In the speaking of the word itself is the emotions," (which does not at all suggest one can skip the homework. If the actor doesn't internalize these texts before working them, the words will only half-evoke the spirits living through them.)
One more bit I got out of yesterday: a reminder not to deprive myself of on-stage privacy while I'm working. I feel that my experience of MFA training is that I've pulled myself more and more out to the audience, to scene partners, to attempts to get my work 'right,' and have been pulling away from my self at the center of all this. So, I'm now rediscovering my on-stage privacy. Last week, in an in-class presentation, I managed to do so--and do it in a scene requiring song, dance, mime, chanting, laughter, and tears (we're doing The Greeks), so I'm hopeful.