Famous Quotes By Orson Welles


  1. A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
  2. A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
  3. 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.
  4. Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else.
  5. 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.
  6. I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I passionately hate the idea of being with it I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
  10. I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
  11. 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.
  12. My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
  13. Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
  14. 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.
  15. Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
  16. Personally, I don't like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she'll fool her husband, I figure she'll fool me.
  17. Race hate isn't human nature race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
  18. The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
  19. The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
  20. The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
  21. 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.

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