Thoughts by Orson Welles

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Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Art

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Why spend 18 hours watching someone else’s war, when you know
how it comes out? We win, and then have to buy all their cars.


A movie studio is the best toy a boy ever had.


The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.


I have made an art form of the interview. The French are the best
interviewers, despite their addiction to the triad, like all Cartesians.

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Feelings

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.


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


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 Thoughts/Quotes on Film

The first thing one must remember about film is that it is a young medium. And it is
essential for every responsible artist to cultivate the ground that has been left fallow.


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


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


You’re beautiful. Yes you are, you’re very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Funny

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


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


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.


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

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Girlfriends

We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.


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 Thoughts/Quotes on Giving

If you’ve noticed that I don’t use long takes, it’s not because I don’t like them, but because no one gives me the necessary means to treat myself to them. It’s more economical to make one image, then this image and then that image, and try to control them later, in the editing studio.


I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That’s what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.


Don’t give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Hate

Love informality. I hate dressing up. Hate to be conventional and every kind of snob.


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


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


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

Inspirational Thoughts/Quotes by Orson Welles

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.


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


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

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Life

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.


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.


Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Politicians

Only very intelligent people don’t wish they were in
politics, and I’m dumb enough to want to be in there.


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.


I have all the equipment to be a politician. Total shamelessness.

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Theater

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.


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

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Today

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

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Vision

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


I dont believe in learning from other peoples pictures. I think you should learn from your own
interior vision of things and discover, as I say, Innocently, as though there had never been anybody.

Orson Welles Thoughts/Quotes on Writing

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.


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


My kind of director is an actor-director who writes.


You could write all the IDEAS of all the movies, my own included, on the head of a pin.