Orson Welles, fully George Orson Welles

Welles, fully George Orson Welles

American Actor, Director, Writer and Producer in Theater, Radio and Film

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I don't regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions.

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

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

Make up an extra copy of that picture and send it to the Chronicle.

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.

Faces in color tend to look like meat, veal, beef, bologna.

I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.

I prefer the old masters; by which I mean: John Ford, John Ford and John Ford.

I'm a lurid character!

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

But you can't emphasize "beef", that's like his wanting me to emphasize "in" before "July"! Come on, fellows, you're losing your heads! I wouldn't direct any living actor like this in Shakespeare! The way you do this, it's impossible!

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.

I don't take art as seriously as politics.

I rather think the cinema will die. Look at the energy being exerted to revive it -- yesterday it was color, today three dimensions. I don't give it forty years more. Witness the decline of conversation. Only the Irish have remained incomparable conversationalists, maybe because technical progress has passed them by.

I'm not basically a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy.

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.

By nature, I am an experimentalist. I don't believe much in accomplishment.

For thirty years people have been asking me how I reconcile X with Y! The truthful answer is that I don't. 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 is 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.

I don't think any word can explain a man's life.

I seem to have no dress sense at all. I'm always being listed in New York among one of the ten worst dressed men of the year. Someone once described me as looking like an unmade bed. He was right!

I'm not bitter about Hollywood's treatment of me, but of its treatment of Griffith, von Sternberg, Buster Keaton, and a hundred others.

My definition of success is not having things thrown at me!

Cinema as a means of expression fascinates me.

Friendship creates only the illusion of not being alone.

I don't want any description of me to be accurate; I want it to be flattering. I don't think people who have to sing for their supper ever like to be described truthfully - not in print anyway. We need to sell tickets, so we need good reviews.

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American Actor, Director, Writer and Producer in Theater, Radio and Film