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.
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.
The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention.
I've spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I'm not irresponsible.
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.
Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
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?
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.
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
I have an unfortunate personality.
Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations.
I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money.
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's 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.
Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
There's no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present.
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.