Orson Welles Quotes

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Born: 1915-05-06, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Birth Country: USA
Died: Los Angeles, California, U.S., 1985-10-10
Occupation: Actor, film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film producer, radio personality

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

A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
- Orson Welles

Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.
- Orson Welles

Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else.
- Orson Welles

I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money.
- Orson Welles

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.
- Orson Welles

I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
- Orson Welles

I have the terrible feeling that, because I am wearing a white beard and am sitting in the back of the theatre, you expect me to tell you the truth about something. These are the cheap seats, not Mount Sinai.
- Orson Welles

I passionately hate the idea of being with it I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
- Orson Welles

I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
- Orson Welles

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.
- Orson Welles

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

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
- Orson Welles

Now I'm an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.
- Orson Welles

Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
- Orson Welles

Personally, I don't like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she'll fool her husband, I figure she'll fool me.
- Orson Welles

Race hate isn't human nature race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
- Orson Welles

The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
- Orson Welles

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
- Orson Welles

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- 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.
- Orson Welles

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