Quotes by American Actor Orson Welles


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

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts. Orson Welles

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

Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one! Orson Welles

I have an unfortunate personality. Orson Welles

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him. Orson Welles

When you are down and out something always turns up -- and it is usually the noses of your friends. Orson Welles

They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies. Orson Welles

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people. 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

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations. 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

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

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. Orson Welles

The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it. Orson Welles

I rather think the cinema will die. Look at the energy being exerted to revive it -- yesterday it was color, today three dimensions. I don't give it forty years more. Witness the decline of conversation. Only the Irish have remained incomparable conversationalists, maybe because technical progress has passed them by. Orson Welles
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The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents. Orson Welles
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Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation. Orson Welles

The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism. Orson Welles
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Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. Orson Welles


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