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    The most personal thing I've put in [Touch of Evil] is my hatred of the abuse of police power. It's better to see a murderer go free than for a policeman to abuse his power.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: power  personal  abuse  hatred 
     
    I've spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I'm not irresponsible.
    — Orson Welles
    A bad word from a colleague can darken a whole day. We need encouragement a lot more than we admit, even to ourselves.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: bad 
     
    Never expect justice in this world. That is not part of God's plan. Everybody thinks that if they don't get it, they're some kind of odd man out. And it's not true. Nobody gets justice - people just get good luck or bad luck.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: justice  men  people  world  true  luck  bad  god 
     
    Every true artist must, in his own way, be a magician, a charlatan.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: true  artist 
     
    The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: dreams 
     
    See, I believe that it is not true that different races and nations are alike. I'm profoundly convinced that that's a total lie. I think people are different. Sardinians, for example, have stubby little fingers. Bosnians have short necks.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: people  believe  lies  true  race  example 
     
    The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: artist 
     
    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.
    — Orson Welles
    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.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: live 
     
    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.
    — Orson Welles
    My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: people  doctor 
     
    If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: stories 
     
    Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
    — Orson Welles
    I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out
    — Orson Welles
    tags: people 
     
    Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
    — Orson Welles
    A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: eyes  film  poet 
     
    Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: nature  hate  human  race 
     
    I started at the top and worked my way down.
    — Orson Welles
    When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: people  society  law 
     
    Don't give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: thoughts 
     
    n Italy for 30 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 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: peace  murder  democracy  year 
     
    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.
    — Orson Welles
    The director is simply the audience. His job is to preside over accidents.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: job 
     
    The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: night  job 
     
    I hate women, hate them generally, not in particular but in an abstract way. I hate them because one never really learns anything about them. They are inscrutable.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: women  hate  learn 
     
    If I ever own a restaurant, I will never allow the waiters to ask if the diners like their dishes. Particularly when they're talking.
    — Orson Welles
    I love informality. I hate dressing up. I hate to be conventional - and I hate every kind of snob.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: hate 
     
    Working is part of life, I don't know how to distinguish between the two... Work is an expression of life.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: work 
     
    I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: movie  american 
     
    There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: women 
     
    Ignorance sheer ignorance. There is no confidence to equal it. It's only when you know something about a profession that you are timid or careful.
    — Orson Welles
    Paris is the playwright's delight. New York is the home of directors. London, however, is the actor's city, the only one in the world. In London, actors are given their head.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: world 
     
    People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: men  hate 
     
    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
    tags: time  future 
     
    [I have a] fondness for telling stories, like the Arab storytellers on the marketplace. ... I will never grow tired of [telling] stories [and] I make the mistake of thinking that everyone has the same enthusiasm!
    — Orson Welles
    Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
    — Orson Welles
    tags: justice  people  luck  bad 
     
    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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