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Orson Welles Quotes

(1915-1985), American Film Maker

In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!

Category: Achievement

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

Category: Acting And Actors

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.

Category: America

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

Category: Behavior

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.

Category: Cinema

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.

Category: Cinema

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

Category: Colleges And Universities

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

Category: Difficulties

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

Category: Ecstasy

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

Category: Entertainment

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

Category: Genius

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

Category: Hollywood

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

Category: Insensitivity

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.

Category: Isolation

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

Category: Law And Lawyers