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

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




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

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.



Orson Welles Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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 Quotes: "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 Quotes: "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 Quotes: "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 Quotes: "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 Quotes: "I started at the top and worked my way down."

I started at the top and worked my way down.



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.



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

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



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

The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.



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

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



Orson Welles Quotes: "I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man."

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



Orson Welles Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Fake is as old as the Eden tree."

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.



Orson Welles Quotes: "'The Godfather' was the glorification of a bunch of bums who never existed."

'The Godfather' was the glorification of a bunch of bums who never existed.



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

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



Orson Welles Quotes: "There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women."

There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.



Orson Welles Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I've always found it very... sanitary to be broke."

I've always found it very... sanitary to be broke.



Orson Welles Quotes: "Human nature is eternal; therefore one who follows his nature keeps his original nature, in the end."

Human nature is eternal; therefore one who follows his nature keeps his original nature, in the end.



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

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



Orson Welles Quotes: "I'm not basically a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy."

I'm not basically a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy.



Orson Welles Quotes: "Future shock is a sickness which comes from too much change in too short a time. It's the feeling that nothing is permanent anymore."

Future shock is a sickness which comes from too much change in too short a time. It's the feeling that nothing is permanent anymore.



Orson Welles Quotes: "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!"

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 Quotes: "I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment."

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



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

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



Orson Welles Quotes: "People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas."

People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas.



Orson Welles Quotes: "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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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 Quotes: "We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends."

We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.



Orson Welles Quotes: "The basic and essential human is the woman."

The basic and essential human is the woman.



Orson Welles Quotes: "Working is part of life, I don't know how to distinguish between the two... Work is an expression of life."

Working is part of life, I don't know how to distinguish between the two... Work is an expression of life.



Orson Welles Quotes: "Gluttony is not a secret vice."

Gluttony is not a secret vice.



Orson Welles Quotes: "Computers combine things to make new knowledge at such high speed that we cannot absorb it."

Computers combine things to make new knowledge at such high speed that we cannot absorb it.



Orson Welles Quotes: "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.