Orson Welles Quotes

“In Italy, for 30 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 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

“Don’t give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.”

Don’t give them what

“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.”

“Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.”

“I started at the top and worked my way down.”

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I started at the top and worked

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

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

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

A film is never really good

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

“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.”

“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.”

Popularity should be no scale

“I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out”

“I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out”

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”

“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.”

If there hadn't been women

“A bad word from a colleague can darken a whole day. We need encouragement a lot more than we admit, even to ourselves.”

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

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

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

Every true artist must,

“‘The Godfather’ was the glorification of a bunch of bums who never existed.”

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

“A good artist should be isolated. If he isn’t isolated, something is wrong.”

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

I passionately hate the idea

“If I don’t like somebody’s looks, I don’t like them.”

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

“Future shock is a sickness which comes from too much change in too short a time. It’s the feeling that nothing is permanent anymore.”

“[I have a] fondness for telling stories, like the Arab storytellers on the marketplace. … I will never grow tired of [telling] stories [and] I make the mistake of thinking that everyone has the same enthusiasm!”

[I have a] fondness for telling

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

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

“Computers combine things to make new knowledge at such high speed that we cannot absorb it.”

“There are three intolerable things in life – cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.”

“Working is part of life, I don’t know how to distinguish between the two… Work is an expression of life.”

Working is part of life,

“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.”

“The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream.”

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

“Ignorance sheer ignorance. There is no confidence to equal it. It’s only when you know something about a profession that you are timid or careful.”

Ignorance sheer ignorance.

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

“Crooks aren’t the worst people, just the stupidest. The fleas of the world.”

“I love informality. I hate dressing up. I hate to be conventional – and I hate every kind of snob.”