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Orson Welles Quotes

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

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

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

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.

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

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.

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

Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one!

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.

Gluttony is not a secret vice.

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

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.

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.

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

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

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

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.

I have an unfortunate personality.