George Orson Welles (/ˈwɛlz/; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds", one of the most famous in the history of radio; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films. Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented an acclaimed series of prod... More
Orson Welles Quotes
Orson Welles #Age #Society
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
Orson Welles #Art
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Orson Welles #Best
The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful.
Orson Welles #Dating #Women
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 #Famous
Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else.
Orson Welles #God
I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.
Orson Welles #Good #Movies
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
Orson Welles #Good
A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
Orson Welles #Great #Religion #Respect
I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
Orson Welles #Money #Work
I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money.
Orson Welles #Money
Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.
Orson Welles #Alone #Friendship #Love
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 #Nature
Race hate isn't human nature race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
Orson Welles #Politics
Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
Orson Welles #Time
I passionately hate the idea of being with it I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles #Time
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles #Truth
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.
Orson Welles #Dating
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 #Diet
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
Orson Welles #Good
Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
Orson Welles #Christmas
Now I'm an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.