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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Almost all serious stories in the world are stories of failure with a death in it. But there is more lost paradise in them than defeat.

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

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.

I have an unfortunate personality.

If I want to pursue the art of painting - or music or writing or sculpture - it requires only my time and a few dollars for materials. If, however, I want to produce a motion picture I have to go out and raise a million dollars!

I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.

As close to a genius as anyone I have ever met.

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one!

I don't believe in learning from other people's pictures. I think you should learn from your own interior vision of things and discover, as I say, innocently, as though there had never been anybody.

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.

If spiritually you're part of the cat family, you can't bear to be laughed at. You have to pretend when you fall down that you really wanted to be down there to see what's under the sofa. The rest of us don't at all mind being laughed at.

Keep Ted Turner and his god-damned Crayolas away from my movie.

As for my style, for my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it's the aspect.

Everything I do today took me years!

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.

I love informality. I hate dressing up. I hate to be conventional - and I hate every kind of snob.

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.

Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.

Exactly, I repeated myself. I believe we do it all the time. We always take up certain elements again. How can it be avoided? An actor’s voice always has the same timbre and, consequently, he repeats himself. It is the same for a singer, a painter…There are always certain things that come back, for they are part of one’s personality, of one’s style. If these things didn’t come into play, a personality would be so complex that it would become impossible to identify it.

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.

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