Quotes by: Orson Welles

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Orson Welles
Welles on March 1, 1937 (age 21), photographed by Carl Van Vechten
Born George Orson Welles
(1915-05-06)May 6, 1915
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died October 10, 1985(1985-10-10) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Ronda, Spain
Alma mater Todd School for Boys
Occupation
Actor director writer producer
Years active 1931–1985
Spouse(s)
Virginia Nicolson
(married 1934–1940) Rita Hayworth
(married 1943–1947) Paola Mori
(married 1955–1985)
Partner(s) Dolores del Río (1938–43)
Oja Kodar (1966–85)
Children
Christopher Welles Feder Rebecca Welles Manning Beatrice Welles
Parent(s) Richard Hodgdon Head Welles
Beatrice Lucy Ives Welles
Awards 1941 Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Citizen Kane
1970 Academy Honorary Award

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.
Orson Welles
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.
Orson Welles
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.
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.
Orson Welles
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Orson Welles
I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations.
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.'
Orson Welles
Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
Orson Welles
I'm not a walking extra in a Chekhov play; I'm no Slavic gloom or Irish gloom.
Orson Welles
My mother and father were both much more remarkable than any story of mine can make them. They seem to me just mythically wonderful.
Orson Welles
I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford.
Orson Welles
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.
Orson Welles
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
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.
Orson Welles
When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.
Orson Welles
The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.
Orson Welles
The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
Orson Welles
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.
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.
Orson Welles
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