Orson Welles

1915 - 1985

A Quote by Orson Welles on genius and inspiration

"The word genius was whispered into my ear, the first thing I ever heard, while I was still mewling in my crib. So it never occurred to me that I wasn't until middle age."

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles on polarity, pole, murderer, saint, good, bad, philistine, aesthete, truth, and contradiction

"For thirty years people have been asking me how I reconcile X with Y! The truthful answer is that I don't. 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 is 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 (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles

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 they produce? The cuckoo clock.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles on democracy, love, murder, and peace

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.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

Source: The Third Man, 1949

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A Quote by Orson Welles on doctors and people

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four, unless there are three other people.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles on god, good, justice, kindness, luck, people, and world

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 (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles on animals, reason, and temper

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles on friendship

When you are down and out something always turns up - and it's usually the noses of your friends.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

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A Quote by Orson Welles on democracy, love, murder, and peace

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.

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

Source: The Third Man, 1949

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