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Orson Welles Quote: “Almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I have made an art form of the interview. The French are the best interviewers, despite their addiction to the triad, like all Cartesians.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I was spoiled in a very strange way as a child, because everybody told me, from the moment I was able to hear, that I was absolutely marvelous, and I never heard a discouraging word for years, you see. I didn’t know what was ahead of me.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I’ve spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I’m not irresponsible.”
Orson Welles Quote: “They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.”
Orson Welles Quote: “At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists.”
Orson Welles Quote: “The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I’m extremely surprised to learn that a story, which has become familiar to children through the medium of comic strips and many succeeding novels and adventure stories, should have had such an immediate and profound effect upon radio listeners.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Paris is the playwright’s delight. New York is the home of directors. London, however, is the actor’s city, the only one in the world. In London, actors are given their head.”
Orson Welles Quote: “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!”
Orson Welles Quote: “Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I drag my myth around with me.”
Orson Welles Quote: “You could write all the IDEAS of all the movies, my own included, on the head of a pin.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Criminals are never very amusing. It’s because they’re failures. Those who make real money aren’t counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers.”
Orson Welles Quote: “If everyone worked with wide-angle lenses, I’d shoot all my films in 75mm, because I believe very strongly in the possibilities of the 75mm.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I’m not a walking extra in a Chekhov play; I’m no Slavic gloom or Irish gloom.”
Orson Welles Quote: “We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Hollywood is a gold-plated suburb suitable for golfers, gardeners, assorted middlemen, and contented movies stars. I am none of these things.”
Orson Welles Quote: “There are a thousand ways of playing a good classic. If it were effective, I would play Hamlet on a trapeze.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Cinema as a means of expression fascinates me.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I know people who have a much better recollection of their childhood than I do. They remember very well when they were a year and a half and two years old. I’ve only one or two daguerreotypes that come to mind.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I feel I have to protect myself against things. So I’m pretty careful to lose most of them.”
Orson Welles Quote: “The two things you cannot do effectively on stage are pray and copulate.”
Orson Welles Quote: “In my opinion, there are two things that can absolutely not be carried to the screen: the realistic presentation of the sexual act and praying to God.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee – may he rot and perish. Good afternoon.”
Orson Welles Quote: “If I ever own a restaurant, I will never allow the waiters to ask if the diners like their dishes. Particularly when they’re talking.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Everybody denies I am a genius – but nobody ever called me one!”
Orson Welles Quote: “The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.”
Orson Welles Quote: “The only reason for doing a play is to make a statement about it, and by that I don’t mean a conceit of the producer.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I have no great message to the world.”
Orson Welles Quote: “The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.”
Orson Welles Quote: “There’s no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present.”
Orson Welles Quote: “There are no villains who doesn’t have his reasons.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.”
Orson Welles Quote: “There were centuries when civilization had no theater.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Each multiplex has screens allocated to each studio. The screens need filling. Studios have to create product to fill their screen, and the amount of good product is limited.”
Orson Welles Quote: “The trouble with a movie is that it’s old before it’s released. It’s no accident that it comes in a can.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I can’t work in a sewer. I come from California.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I discovered at the age of six that everything was a phony, worked with mirrors. Since then, I’ve always wanted to be a magician.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Husbands should revolt from time to time. Even the best circus-number becomes boring if the beast is too tame.”
Orson Welles Quote: “See, I believe that it is not true that different races and nations are alike. I’m profoundly convinced that that’s a total lie. I think people are different. Sardinians, for example, have stubby little fingers. Bosnians have short necks.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I got that good a contract because I really didn’t want to make a film.”
Orson Welles Quote: “I don’t like television when it gets near to photographed plays.”
Orson Welles Quote: “Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.”
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