31 Best Orson Welles Quotes

31 Best Orson Welles Quotes

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Orson Welles was a writer, actor, and director from Wisconsin. He is most known for his innovative takes in media. He is also renowned for reading “War of the Worlds” over a live radio broadcast. Panic ensured due to the fact that no one knew he was simply reading from a fiction novel. He died on October 10, 1985 at the age of 70.

“As for my style, for my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it’s the aspect.”

“But you can’t emphasize “beef”, that’s like his wanting me to emphasize “in” before “July”! Come on, fellows, you’re losing your heads! I wouldn’t direct any living actor like this in
“Shakespeare! The way you do this, it’s impossible!”

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

“Don’t let Ted Turner deface my movie with his crayons”

“Even if I’d stayed [in the US to finish ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’] I would’ve had to make compromises on the editing, but these would’ve been mine and not the fruit of confused and often
semi-hysterical committees. If I had been there myself I would have found my own solutions and saved the pictures in a form which would have carried the stamp of my own effort.”

“Gluttony is not a secret vice.”

“I don’t regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions.”

“I don’t take art as seriously as politics.”

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

“I rather think the cinema will die. Look at the energy being exerted to revive it — yesterday it was color, today three dimensions. I don’t give it forty years more. Witness the decline of
conversation. Only the Irish have remained incomparable conversationalists, maybe because technical progress has passed them by.”

“I spend… twenty times more for you people than any other commercial I’ve ever made. You are such pests! Now what is it you want? In your… depths of your ignorance, what is it you want?
“Whatever it is you want, I can’t deliver, ’cause I just don’t see it.”

“I started at the top and worked my way down.”

“I think we’re a kind of desperation. We’re sort of a maddening luxury. The basic and essential human is the woman, and all that we’re doing is trying to brighten up the place. That’s why
all the birds who belong to our sex have prettier feathers / because males have got to try and justify their existence.”

“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 you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had
brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

“In the theater there are 1,500 cameras rolling at the same time – in the cinema, only one.”

“It isn’t worth it. No money is worth this… [walks out]”

“It’s about two percent movie-making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It’s no way to spend a life.”

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.”

“Take myself as a good-will ambassador. I’m great — I’m taking myself as a character — for the intellectuals and the man on the street. I’m great where Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. leaves off. I’m
not so good with high society, in either North or South America, because I’m highly unconventional. Perhaps I bewilder people by being at once the esthete, the intellectual and the

“That doesn’t make any sense. Sorry. There’s no known way of saying an English sentence in which you begin a sentence with “in” and emphasize it. Get me a jury and show me how you can say
“In July” and I’ll go down on you. That’s just idiotic, if you’ll forgive me for saying so. It’s just stupid… “In July”; I’d love to know how you emphasize “In” in “In July”. Impossible!

“The basic and essential human is the woman.”

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”

“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.”

“This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that The War of the Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be; The
“Mercury Theatre’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying “Boo!” Starting now, we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by
tomorrow night, so we did the next best thing. We annihilated the world before your very ears and utterly destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it,
and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember please for the next day or so the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing,
globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian, it’s Halloween.”

“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.”

“You know from past experiences that whenever you have been driven to the wall, or thought you were, you have extricated yourself in a way which you never would have dreamed possible had you
not been put to the test. The trouble is that in your everyday life you don’t go deep enough to tap the divine mind within you.”