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The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.


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


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


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




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


Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


I have an unfortunate personality.


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

  • dating

I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon.


Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.


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


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


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


I feel I have to protect myself against things. So I'm pretty careful to lose most of them.


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


If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.


The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.

  • law

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


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.


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

  • artist

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.


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


Gluttony is not a secret vice.




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Create your own visual style... Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.


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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.


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

  • artist

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


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.

  • anything

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

  • artist

See, I believe that it is not true that different races and nations are alike. I'm profoundly convinced that that's a total lie. I think people are different. Sardinians, for example, have stubby little fingers. Bosnians have short necks.


I think I made essential a mistake in staying in movies, because I - but it's a mistake I can't regret, because it's like saying, 'I shouldn't have stayed married to that woman, but I did because I love her.'


I can think of nothing that an audience won't understand. The only problem is to interest them; once they are interested, they understand anything in the world.


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

  • diet

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.

  • agnosticism

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.


When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.


See, I believe that it is not true that different races and nations are alike. I'm profoundly convinced that that's a total lie. I think people are different. Sardinians, for example, have stubby little fingers. Bosnians have short necks.

  • believe

I know people who have a much better recollection of their childhood than I do. They remember very well when they were a year and a half and two years old. I've only one or two daguerreotypes that come to mind.


People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas.

  • people

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

  • movies

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.


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.

  • film

The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.


Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists.

  • film

The first thing one must remember about film is that it is a young medium. And it is essential for every responsible artist to cultivate the ground that has been left fallow.


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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.

  • agnosticism

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

  • artist

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.


I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it - how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it.


I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man.


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

  • artist

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

  • artist

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


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

  • artist

The first thing one must remember about film is that it is a young medium. And it is essential for every responsible artist to cultivate the ground that has been left fallow.

  • remember

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See, I believe that it is not true that different races and nations are alike. I'm profoundly convinced that that's a total lie. I think people are different. Sardinians, for example, have stubby little fingers. Bosnians have short necks.

  • believe

I don't like television when it gets near to photographed plays.

  • television

Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists.

  • film

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




If I don't like somebody's looks, I don't like them.


I'm one of those fellows so frightened of driving that I go 80 miles an hour - and the more frightened I get, the faster I go.


I know people who have a much better recollection of their childhood than I do. They remember very well when they were a year and a half and two years old. I've only one or two daguerreotypes that come to mind.

  • childhood

On my tombstone, I want written: 'He never did 'Love Boat!'

  • love

In common with all Protestant or Jewish cultures, America was developed on the idea that your word is your bond. Otherwise, the frontier could never have been opened, 'cause it was lawless. A man's word had to mean something.


Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.


The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.

  • editing

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 girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys.


One shouldn't ever be conscious of the author as lecturer. When social or moral points are too heavily stressed, I always get uncomfortable.


Each multiplex has screens allocated to each studio. The screens need filling. Studios have to create product to fill their screen, and the amount of good product is limited.


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.


I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations.


I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows.

  • movies

I have no great message to the world.


I'm not a walking extra in a Chekhov play; I'm no Slavic gloom or Irish gloom.


Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.


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

  • artistically

Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.


When television came along, I'd already done more than 10 years of radio work and I thought everyone would want me. I sat around waiting for the phone to ring - and it didn't.


If you've noticed that I don't use long takes, it's not because I don't like them, but because no one gives me the necessary means to treat myself to them. It's more economical to make one image, then this image and then that image, and try to control them later, in the editing studio.

  • myself

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.


Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.


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

  • artist

My kind of director is an actor-director who writes.


Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There's a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them.


As a producer, sitting on the other side of the desk, I have never once had an agent go out on a limb for his client and fight for him. I've never heard one say, 'No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use.' They will always say, 'You don't like him? I've got somebody else.' They're totally spineless.


I would rather be on the set than doing anything.


Look at the real prodigies, and I look like nothing compared to them.


Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.

  • abandonment

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

  • anything

I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford.


I'm never certain of a performance - my own or the other actors' - or the script or anything... But to me it seems there's only one place in the world the camera can be, and the decision usually comes immediately.


There's no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present.


Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?


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.

  • film

I hate it when people pray on the screen. It's not because I hate praying, but whenever I see an actor fold his hands and look up in the spotlight, I'm lost. There's only one other thing in the movies I hate as much, and that's sex. You just can't get in bed or pray to God and convince me on the screen.


I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God.


I started at the top and worked my way down.


There were centuries when civilization had no theater.


I'm a provincial. I live very much like a hermit: reading, listening to music, working in the cutting room, writing, commercial work - which doesn't take up that much time.

  • work

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.


I can think of nothing that an audience won't understand. The only problem is to interest them; once they are interested, they understand anything in the world.

  • think

I think I made essential a mistake in staying in movies, because I - but it's a mistake I can't regret, because it's like saying, 'I shouldn't have stayed married to that woman, but I did because I love her.'

  • love

Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant.


I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment.


If everyone worked with wide-angle lenses, I'd shoot all my films in 75mm, because I believe very strongly in the possibilities of the 75mm.

  • believe

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.


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.

  • theater

'The Godfather' was the glorification of a bunch of bums who never existed.


I never said I was a genius.

  • genius

I have made an art form of the interview. The French are the best interviewers, despite their addiction to the triad, like all Cartesians.


I've spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I'm not irresponsible.


My mother and father were both much more remarkable than any story of mine can make them. They seem to me just mythically wonderful.


In my real movie-going days, which were the thirties, you didn't stand in line. You strolled down the street and sallied into the theater at any hour of the day or night.


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 senate.


I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man.

  • hate

When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.

  • people

The two things you cannot do effectively on stage are pray and copulate.


Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.

  • luck

I am essentially a hack, a commercial person. If I had a hobby, I would immediately make money on it or abandon it.


The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.


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.


People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas.

  • people

If I ever own a restaurant, I will never allow the waiters to ask if the diners like their dishes. Particularly when they're talking.


I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.


I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it - how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it.

  • myself

The only reason for doing a play is to make a statement about it, and by that I don't mean a conceit of the producer.


You know what the fellow said – 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.


The first thing one must remember about film is that it is a young medium. And it is essential for every responsible artist to cultivate the ground that has been left fallow.

  • remember

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention.


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.


Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers.


I was spoiled in a very strange way as a child, because everybody told me, from the moment I was able to hear, that I was absolutely marvelous, and I never heard a discouraging word for years, you see. I didn't know what was ahead of me.


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.

  • film

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.


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.

  • anything

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