Quotes by: Orson Welles

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In common with all Protestant or Jewish cultures, America was developed on the idea that your word is your bond. Otherwise, the frontier could never have been opened, 'cause it was lawless. A man's word had to mean something.
Orson Welles
When television came along, I'd already done more than 10 years of radio work and I thought everyone would want me. I sat around waiting for the phone to ring - and it didn't.
Orson Welles
I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
Orson Welles
If you've noticed that I don't use long takes, it's not because I don't like them, but because no one gives me the necessary means to treat myself to them. It's more economical to make one image, then this image and then that image, and try to control them later, in the editing studio.
Orson Welles
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Orson Welles
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.
Orson Welles
I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows.
Orson Welles
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
Orson Welles
A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
Orson Welles
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
Orson Welles
I've spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I'm not irresponsible.
Orson Welles
The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.
Orson Welles
Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
Orson Welles
In my real movie-going days, which were the thirties, you didn't stand in line. You strolled down the street and sallied into the theater at any hour of the day or night.
Orson Welles
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