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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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.

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.

A long-playing full shot is what always separates the men from the boys. Anybody can make movies with a pair of scissors and a two-inch lens.

A poet needs a pen, a painter a brush, and a filmmaker an army.

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

Gluttony is not a secret vice.

An artist is always out of step with the time. He has to be.

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