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Orson Welles Quotes


Orson WellesOrson Welles had an odd career whereby his talent did not for many years receive the credit it so thoroughly deserved. He was a gifted man with great vision and imagination and this gave him many early successes in the theatre and somewhat notoriously on the radio. His 1938 adaption for radio of H.G Wells War Of The Worlds was taken quite literally by many listeners who were panicked into thinking Martians were invading earth. The next most natural step was onto the silver screen and his debut movie was Citizen Kane. However there was a concerted campaign by the studio system to blackball the movie because Welles resisted giving control to the industry elite and wanted to shoot his movie the way he saw fit. The result was Citizen Kane lost money at the box office and it would be many years until the movie was given the recognition it really deserved. He introduced a raft of new lighting and sound techniques while filming Citizen Kane that were years ahead of their time. It is somewhat ironic that by the time Citizen Kane started to receive the acclamation it deserved that Welles had already many more box office failures and now Citizen Kane is regarded by many as one of the greatest movies of all time. Oh what opportunities could have been if Hollywood had been more receptive to change in the early 1940's. As a token of my appreciation to his now undoubted talent here is my compilation of the ten best Orson Welles quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Orson Welles
  • Born: 6th May 1915, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Died: 10th October 1985, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actor, screenwriter, director and producer
  • Infamous role: Adapting War Of The Worlds for radio broadcast and causing widespread panic among confused listeners who believed that Martians were invading earth
  • Inspiration: The director John Ford and his good friend and fellow actor/director John Huston
  • Trivia: His first movie Citizen Kane has regularly been voted the greatest movie ever made

"Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck"

Orson Welles

"I started at the top and worked my way down"

Orson Welles

"Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest"

Orson Welles

"Don’t give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible"

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"The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention"

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"Race hate isn't human nature; Race hate is the abandonment of human nature"

Orson Welles

"The enemy of art is the absence of limitations"

Orson Welles

"Criticism is the essence of creation"

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"A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die"

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"I was so employed I forgot how to sleep"

Orson Welles

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