Orson Welles Quotations

Orson Welles

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

I never blamed my folks for Kenosha, Kenosha has always blamed my folks for me.

In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace -- and what did they produce? The cuckoo-clock. "The Third Man"

I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.

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

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

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

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.

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