Browse Quotes by Topic:

  
Age
Anger
Art
Business
Change
Computers
Death
Education
Environmental
Experience
Faith
Food
Forgiveness
Friendship
Gardening
Government
Health
History
Humor
Imagination    
Life
Love
Marriage
Movies
Music
Nature
Patriotism
Peace
Poetry
Politics
Religion
Science
Society
Sports
Success
Technology
Time
War
Wisdom
Work


Featured Authors:


Abraham Lincoln
Albert Einstein
Ambrose Bierce
Aristotle
Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Franklin
Carl Sandburg
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Francis Bacon
Friedrich Nietzsche
George Bernard Shaw
George Eliot
George Washington
Henry Ford
Mark Twain
Oscar Wilde
Plato
Socrates
Sophocles
William Shakespeare

Orson Welles quotes (47)

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
Orson Welles   Category: Movies

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

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
Orson Welles   Category:

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.
Orson Welles   Category:

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Orson Welles   Category:

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   Category:

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   Category:

Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.
Orson Welles   Category:

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
Orson Welles   Category:

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one!
Orson Welles   Category:

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.
Orson Welles   Category:

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
Orson Welles   Category:

Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
Orson Welles   Category:

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.
Orson Welles   Category:

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.
Orson Welles   Category:

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

I feel I have to protect myself against things. So I'm pretty careful to lose most of them.
Orson Welles   Category:

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
Orson Welles   Category:

I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
Orson Welles   Category:

I have an unfortunate personality.
Orson Welles   Category:

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.
Orson Welles   Category:

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   Category:

I started at the top and worked my way down.
Orson Welles   Category:

I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles   Category:

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
Orson Welles   Category:

I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.
Orson Welles   Category:

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   Category:

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

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

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
Orson Welles   Category:

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

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
Orson Welles   Category:

Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
Orson Welles   Category:

Now I'm an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.
Orson Welles   Category:

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
Orson Welles   Category:

Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
Orson Welles   Category:

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   Category:

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   Category:

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
Orson Welles   Category:

The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
Orson Welles   Category:

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Orson Welles   Category:

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
Orson Welles   Category: Society

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   Category:

The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
Orson Welles   Category:

They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.
Orson Welles   Category:

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   Category:

When you are down and out something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends.
Orson Welles   Category: