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Orson Welles Quote: “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.”

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.

— Orson Welles



Orson Welles Quote: “Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.”

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

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

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream.”

The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.”

The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Don’t give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.”

Don’t give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Never expect justice in this world. That is not part of God’s plan. Everybody thinks that if they don’t get it, they’re some kind of odd man out. And it’s not true. Nobody gets justice – people just get good luck or bad luck.”

Never expect justice in this world. That is not part of God’s plan. Everybody thinks that if they don’t get it, they’re some kind of odd man out. And it’s not true. Nobody gets justice – people just get good luck or bad luck.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”

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

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Ignorance sheer ignorance. There is no confidence to equal it. It’s only when you know something about a profession that you are timid or careful.”

Ignorance sheer ignorance. There is no confidence to equal it. It’s only when you know something about a profession that you are timid or careful.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “A bad word from a colleague can darken a whole day. We need encouragement a lot more than we admit, even to ourselves.”

A bad word from a colleague can darken a whole day. We need encouragement a lot more than we admit, even to ourselves.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “A good artist should be isolated. If he isn’t isolated, something is wrong.”

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

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I have an unfortunate personality.”

I have an unfortunate personality.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “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.”

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


Orson Welles Quote: “I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.”

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “We will sell no wine before its time.”

We will sell no wine before its time.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out.”

I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “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.”

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


Orson Welles Quote: “Gluttony is not a secret vice.”

Gluttony is not a secret vice.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “A poet needs a pen, a painter a brush, and a director an army.”

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

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “You’re beautful. Yes you are, you’re very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.”

You’re beautful. Yes you are, you’re very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing.”

Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention.”

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I am essentially a hack, a commercial person. If I had a hobby, I would immediately make money on it or abandon it.”

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


Orson Welles Quote: “Fake is as old as the Eden tree.”

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I look back on my life and it’s 95% running around trying to raise money to make movies and 5% actually making them. It’s no way to live.”

I look back on my life and it’s 95% running around trying to raise money to make movies and 5% actually making them. It’s no way to live.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?”

Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Look at the real prodigies, and I look like nothing compared to them.”

Look at the real prodigies, and I look like nothing compared to them.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.”

The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man.”

I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Friendship creates only the illusion of not being alone.”

Friendship creates only the illusion of not being alone.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.”

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

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “My kind of director is an actor-director who writes.”

My kind of director is an actor-director who writes.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be ‘Grand Illusion.’”

If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be ‘Grand Illusion.’

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Hollywood is Hollywood. There’s nothing you can say about it that isn’t true, good or bad. And if you get into it, you have no right to be bitter – you’re the one who sat down, and joined the game.”

Hollywood is Hollywood. There’s nothing you can say about it that isn’t true, good or bad. And if you get into it, you have no right to be bitter – you’re the one who sat down, and joined the game.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “A movie studio is the best toy a boy ever had.”

A movie studio is the best toy a boy ever had.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I love moving around from town to town. I never got on a train in my life without my spirits rising.”

I love moving around from town to town. I never got on a train in my life without my spirits rising.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Hollywood expects you to experiment but on a film that makes money and if you don’t make money, you’re to blame. Your job is to make money.”

Hollywood expects you to experiment but on a film that makes money and if you don’t make money, you’re to blame. Your job is to make money.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “What’s happening now is what happened before, and often what’s going to happen again sometime or other.”

What’s happening now is what happened before, and often what’s going to happen again sometime or other.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.”

The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.”

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


Orson Welles Quote: “The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.”

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Personally, I don’t like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she’ll fool her husband, I figure she’ll fool me.”

Personally, I don’t like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she’ll fool her husband, I figure she’ll fool me.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I never make my mind up about anything at all, until it’s over and done with.”

I never make my mind up about anything at all, until it’s over and done with.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I don’t pray really, because I don’t want to bore God.”

I don’t pray really, because I don’t want to bore God.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.”

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “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.”

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


Orson Welles Quote: “My definition of success is not having things thrown at me!”

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

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don’t have to be anything else.”

Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don’t have to be anything else.

— Orson Welles


Orson Welles Quote: “I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life.”

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

— Orson Welles

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