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By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

Every true artist must, in his own way, be a magician, a charlatan.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

Only in a police state is the job of a policeman easy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Welles

You could write all the IDEAS of all the movies, my own included, on the head of a pin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Welles

You know what I did this morning? I played the voice of a toy. Some terrible robot toys from Japan that changed from one thing to another. The Japanese have funded a full-length animated cartoon about the doings of these toys, which is all bad outer-space stuff. I play a planet. I menace somebody called Something-or-other. Then I'm destroyed. My plan to destroy Whoever-it-is is thwarted and I tear myself apart on the screen.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Welles

If you want a happy ending, it just depends on where you close the book!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

In my opinion, there are two things that can absolutely not be carried to the screen: the realistic presentation of the sexual act and praying to God.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

I look back on my life and it’s 95% running around trying to raise money to make movies and 5% actually making them. It’s no way to live.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

A long-playing full shot is what always separates the men from the boys. Anybody can make movies with a pair of scissors and a two-inch lens.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Orson Welles

The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

Husbands should revolt from time to time. Even the best circus-number becomes boring if the beast is too tame.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be 'Grand Illusion.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash - the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we're going to die. "Be of good heart," cry the dead artists out of the living past. "Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing." Maybe a man's name doesn't matter all that much.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Welles

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Welles

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we’re not alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

One should make movies innocently - the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden. Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a [John] Ford, or a [Jean] Renoir, or anybody.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

I have an unfortunate personality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

I'm not a walking extra in a Chekhov play; I'm no Slavic gloom or Irish gloom. I mark only the happy hours, like the sundial, because otherwise I would have gone nuts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

Hollywood expects you to experiment but on a film that makes money and if you don't make money, you're to blame. Your job is to make money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

A movie in production is the greatest train set a boy could ever have.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

An artist is always out of step with the time. He has to be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

Even if I'd stayed [in the US to finish 'The Magnificent Ambersons'] I would've had to make compromises on the editing, but these would've been mine and not the fruit of confused and often semi-hysterical committees. If I had been there myself I would have found my own solutions and saved the pictures in a form which would have carried the stamp of my own effort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

By nature, I am an experimentalist. I don't believe much in accomplishment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Welles

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Welles

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