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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
Orson Welles
“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.”
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“You know what the fellow said – 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.”
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“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”
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“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
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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.”
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“I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God.”
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“The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.”
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“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.”
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“If you want a happy ending, it just depends on where you close the book!”
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“I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.”
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“There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women...”
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“I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.”
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“You're beautful. Yes you are, you're very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.”
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“In my opinion, there are two things that can absolutely not be carried to the screen: the realistic presentation of the sexual act and praying to God.”
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“I dont believe in learning from other peoples pictures. I think you should learn from your own interior vision of things and discover, as I say, Innocently, as though there had never been anybody.”
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“A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”
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“Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.”
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“A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.”
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“I'm not basically a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy.”
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“A toast, Jedediah, to love on my terms. Those are the only terms anybody ever knows - his own.”
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
“What's happening now is what happened before, and often what's going to happen again sometime or other”
Orson Welles, Mr. Arkadin
“I don't think any word can explain a man's life.”
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
“Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash - the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we're going to die. "Be of good heart," cry the dead artists out of the living past. "Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing." Maybe a man's name doesn't matter all that much.”
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“Old age is the only disease you dont want to be cured of.”
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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.”
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“If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop the story" - Orson Welles”
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“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”
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“I much prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out.”
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“I can think of nothing that an audience won't understand. The only problem is to interest them;once they are interested, they understand anything in the world.”
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