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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.
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
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.
The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.
I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it - how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it.
Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
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.
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Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There's a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them.
The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
I've spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I'm not irresponsible.
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.
Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
On my tombstone, I want written: 'He never did 'Love Boat!'
If everyone worked with wide-angle lenses, I'd shoot all my films in 75mm, because I believe very strongly in the possibilities of the 75mm.
The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.
The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?
I'm never certain of a performance - my own or the other actors' - or the script or anything... But to me it seems there's only one place in the world the camera can be, and the decision usually comes immediately.
Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
When you are down and out something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends.
I have an unfortunate personality.
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