Orson Welles


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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.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Quoted in Henry Jaglom, Someone to Love (1985). Definition of loneliness contributed by Welles to author.
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  • ''Everybody denies I am a genius—but nobody ever called me one!''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
  • ''He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about people?''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Ba. Tanya (Marlene Dietrich), Touch of Evil, as she sees notorious police captain Hank Quinlan's (Orson Welles) corpse floating in the river (1958).
  • ''You should lay off those candy bars.... You're a mess, honey.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Ba. Tanya (Marlene Dietrich), Touch of Evil, to police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) (1958).
  • ''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 (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Report. The Professor (Mischa Auer), Mr. Arkadin, to adventurer Guy Van Stratten, who queries him about the enigmatic, wealthy and powerful Gregory Arkadin (Orson Welles) (1955).
  • ''Crooks aren't the worst people, just the stupidest. The fleas of the world.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Report. The Professor (Mischa Auer), Mr. Arkadin, to adventurer Guy Van Stratten, who queries him about the enigmatic, wealthy and powerful Gregory Arkadin (Orson Welles) (1955).
  • ''In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed—they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!''
    Orson Welles (1915-84), U.S. filmmaker, actor. The Third Man (1949). contributed by Welles to Graham Greene's screenplay of the film in which Welles starred. Welles later claimed that the speech was based on a fragment of an old Hungarian play.
  • ''Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Radio broadcast, Halloween, 1938, CBS; from the original story by H.G. Wells (1898). The War of the Worlds (audiocassette 1995). According to the later reports, despite clear warnings that the broadcast was science fiction, listeners jammed switchboards and roads as they abandoned their homes in large numbers, with some people claiming they had actually seen the Martians.

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