Quotes by: Orson Welles

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The only reason for doing a play is to make a statement about it, and by that I don't mean a conceit of the producer.
Orson Welles
When you are down and out something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends.
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.
Orson Welles
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.
Orson Welles
Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers.
Orson Welles
I am essentially a hack, a commercial person. If I had a hobby, I would immediately make money on it or abandon it.
Orson Welles
There's no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present.
Orson Welles
One shouldn't ever be conscious of the author as lecturer. When social or moral points are too heavily stressed, I always get uncomfortable.
Orson Welles
Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There's a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them.
Orson Welles
I can think of nothing that an audience won't understand. The only problem is to interest them; once they are interested, they understand anything in the world.
Orson Welles
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
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.
Orson Welles
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.
Orson Welles
I'm a provincial. I live very much like a hermit: reading, listening to music, working in the cutting room, writing, commercial work - which doesn't take up that much time.
Orson Welles
Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant.
Orson Welles
I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
Orson Welles
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