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" At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable. "
" I'm one of those fellows so frightened of driving that I go 80 miles an hour - and the more frightened I get, the faster I go. "
" I started at the top and worked my way down. "
" I know people who have a much better recollection of their childhood than I do. They remember very well when they were a year and a half and two years old. I've only one or two daguerreotypes that come to mind. "
" Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers. "
" When you are down and out something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends. "
" I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford. "
" I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it - how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it. "
" Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists. "
" My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. "
" The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. "
" The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism. "
" Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. "
" Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid. "
" I'm not a walking extra in a Chekhov play; I'm no Slavic gloom or Irish gloom. "
" My mother and father were both much more remarkable than any story of mine can make them. They seem to me just mythically wonderful. "
" I don't like television when it gets near to photographed plays. "
" I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows. "
" They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies. "
" There were centuries when civilization had no theater. "
" If I ever own a restaurant, I will never allow the waiters to ask if the diners like their dishes. Particularly when they're talking. "
" Look at the real prodigies, and I look like nothing compared to them. "
" 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. "
" The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful. "
" I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. "
" I'm never certain of a performance - my own or the other actors' - or the script or anything... But to me it seems there's only one place in the world the camera can be, and the decision usually comes immediately. "
" Fake is as old as the Eden tree. "
" In my real movie-going days, which were the thirties, you didn't stand in line. You strolled down the street and sallied into the theater at any hour of the day or night. "
" Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest. "
" Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you? "
" There's no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present. "