Orson Welles Quotes & Wallpapers

Orson Welles
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I don't regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions. Orson Welles

In attempting to explain F For Fake's state-side failure, it has occurred to me that perhaps the subject matter was at least partially to blame, and that this country is so blissfully enslaved by the notion of the special sanctity of the expert that an overtly anti-expert film was bound to go too much against the national grain. Orson Welles

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

I hate women, hate them generally, not in particular but in an abstract way. I hate them because one never really learns anything about them. They are inscrutable. Orson Welles

When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society. Orson Welles

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

I would rather be on the set than doing anything. Orson Welles

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

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

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

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

A movie in production is the greatest train set a boy could ever have. Orson Welles

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. Orson Welles

Hollywood is a gold-plated suburb suitable for golfers, gardeners, assorted middlemen, and contented movies stars. I am none of these things. Orson Welles

I seem to have no dress sense at all. I'm always being listed in New York among one of the ten worst dressed men of the year. Someone once described me as "looking like an unmade bed." He was right! Orson Welles

The most personal thing I've put in [Touch of Evil] is my hatred of the abuse of police power. It's better to see a murderer go free than for a policeman to abuse his power. Orson Welles

[The movies] make the sort of comment only a novel can make, an allusion to the world in which people live, the psychological and economic motivations, the influences of the period in which they lived. Orson Welles

Today I believe that man cannot escape his destiny to create whatever it is we make - jazz, a wooden spoon, or graffiti on the wall. All of these are expressions of man's creativity, proof that man has not yet been destroyed by technology. But are we making things for the people of our epoch or repeating what has been done before? And finally, is the question itself important? We must ask ourselves that. The most important thing is always to doubt the importance of the question. Orson Welles

Do' give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible. Orson Welles

[I have a] fondness for telling stories, like the Arab storytellers on the marketplace. ... I will never grow tired of [telling] stories [and] I make the mistake of thinking that everyone has the same enthusiasm! Orson Welles

I try to be a Christian...I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God. Orson Welles

It's about two percent movie-making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It's no way to spend a life. Orson Welles

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

The director is simply the audience.... His job is to preside over accidents. Orson Welles

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

Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There's a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them. Orson Welles

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

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

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

I'm one of those fellows so frightened of driving that I go 80 miles an hour - and the more frightened I get, the faster I go. Orson Welles

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

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

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

I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God. Orson Welles

The director is simply the audience. His job is to preside over accidents.... Orson Welles

Don't give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible. Orson Welles

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

If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be 'Grand Illusion.' Orson Welles

One should make movies innocently - the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden...Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a [John] Ford, or a [Jean] Renoir, or anybody. Orson Welles

The basic and essential human is the woman. Orson Welles

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

By nature, I am an experimentalist. I don't believe much in accomplishment. Orson Welles

I'd make my promises now if I wasn't so busy arranging to keep them. Orson Welles

I must be sincere towards what I am. ... Experimenting is the only thing that fills me with enthusiasm. ... It is the only sphere where I feel really honest and sincere. Orson Welles

Husbands should revolt from time to time. Even the best circus-number becomes boring if the beast is too tame. Orson Welles

Old age is the only disease you dont want to be cured of. Orson Welles

A maverick may go his own way but he doesn't think that it's the only way or ever claim that it's the best one, except maybe for himself. And don't imagine that this raggle-taggle gypsy is claiming to be free. It's just that some of the necessities to which I am a slave are different from yours. Orson Welles

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. Orson Welles

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

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

I don't like television when it gets near to photographed plays. Orson Welles

As a producer, sitting on the other side of the desk, I have never once had an agent go out on a limb for his client and fight for him. I've never heard one say, 'No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use.' They will always say, 'You don't like him? I've got somebody else.' They're totally spineless. Orson Welles

The truth about any man can only be calculated by the sum of everything that has been said about him. Orson Welles

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

The people who've done well within the [Hollywood] system are the people whose instincts, whose desires [are in natural alignement with those of the producers] - who want to make the kind of movies that producers want to produce. People who don't succeed - people who've had long, bad times; like [Jean] Renoir, for example, who I think was the best director, ever - are the people who didn't want to make the kind of pictures that producers want to make. Producers didn't want to make a Renoir picture, even if it was a success. Orson Welles

Crooks aren't the worst people, just the stupidest. The fleas of the world. Orson Welles

It isn't worth it. No money is worth this... [walks out] Orson Welles

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

This theatre is your theatre. You are responsible for its creation and its progress. Orson Welles

A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army. Orson Welles

I have wasted the greater part of my life looking for money and trying to get along, trying to make my work from this terribly expensive paintbox, which is a movie. And I've spent too much energy on things that have nothing to do with making a movie. It's about two percent moviemaking and ninety-eight percent hustling It's no way to spend a life. Orson Welles

I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment. Orson Welles

Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant. Orson Welles

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

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

Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists. Orson Welles

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

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

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

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. Orson Welles

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