75 Total Quotes

Orson Welles Quotes

Orson Welles
I started at the top and worked my way down.
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Orson Welles
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
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#American Actor #Age And Aging

Orson Welles
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
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Orson Welles
At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.
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#American Actor

Orson Welles
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
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#American Actor

Orson Welles
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
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#American Actor #Doctors

Orson Welles
Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.
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I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
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#American Actor #Audience

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In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
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#Italy

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Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senat.
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#Politicians

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Gluttony is not a secret vice.
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#American Actor

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The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.
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#America

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Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
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#American Actor

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If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
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#American Actor #Civilization

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I think we're a kind of desperation. We're sort of a maddening luxury. The basic and essential human is the woman, and all that we're doing is trying to brighten up the place. That's why all the birds who belong to our sex have prettier feathers / because males have got to try and justify their existence.
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#Desperation

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Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
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#American Actor #Hate

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Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
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#American Actor #Justice

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In the theater there are 1,500 cameras rolling at the same time - in the cinema, only one
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#Cinema

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Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
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#American Actor

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The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
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#American Actor

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I don't say that we ought to all misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
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#American Actor

Orson Welles
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
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#American Actor

Orson Welles
Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up
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#Living

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I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
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#American Actor