Orson Welles

United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)

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Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
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.
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 don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
I hate it when people pray on the screen. It's not because I hate praying, but whenever I see an actor fold his hands and look up in the spotlight, I'm lost. There's only one other thing in the movies I hate as much, and that's sex. You just can't get in bed or pray to God and convince me on the screen.
I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.
When you are down and out something always turns up-and it is usually the noses of your friends.

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