Orson Welles Quotes

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"The word genius was whispered into my ear, the first thing I ever heard, while I was still mewling in my crib. So it never occurred to me that I wasn't until middle age." Orson Welles
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"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." Orson Welles
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American Actor    Audience   

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"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." Orson Welles
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"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 senat." Orson Welles
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Politicians   

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"Gluttony is not a secret vice." Orson Welles
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American Actor   

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"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." Orson Welles
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America   

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

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"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." Orson Welles
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Desperation   

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"Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature." Orson Welles
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American Actor    Hate   

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"Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck." Orson Welles
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American Actor    Justice   

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"In the theater there are 1,500 cameras rolling at the same time - in the cinema, only one" Orson Welles
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Cinema   

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"Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there." Orson Welles
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"Faces in color tend to look like meat, veal, beef, bologna" Orson Welles
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"The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful." Orson Welles
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American Actor   

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"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." Orson Welles
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Cinema   

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"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." Orson Welles
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American Actor   

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"Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others." Orson Welles
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"The basic and essential human is the woman" Orson Welles
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"A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong." Orson Welles
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"I have an unfortunate personality." Orson Welles
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American Actor    Personality   

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"I don't pray because I don't want to bore God." Orson Welles
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American Actor    God   



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