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Criminals are never very amusing.
by Orson Welles

Criminals are never very amusing.
It's because they're failures.
Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals.
This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.
- Orson Welles

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

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- Orson Welles

 

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

I hate television.
I hate it as much as peanuts.
But I can't stop eating peanuts.
- Orson Welles

I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.
- Orson Welles

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If you want a happy ending, that depends,
of course, on where you stop your story.
- Orson Welles

I have a great love and respect for religion,
great love and respect for atheism.
What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
- Orson Welles

I have an unfortunate personality.
- Orson Welles

When you are down and out something always turns up -
and it is usually the noses of your friends.
- Orson Welles

Now I'm an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died.
They just come along and while the little needles fall
off me replace them with medallions.
- Orson Welles

Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
- Orson Welles

I feel I have to protect myself against things.
So I'm pretty careful to lose most of them.
- Orson Welles

I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
- Orson Welles

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
- Orson Welles

A good artist should be isolated.
If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
- Orson Welles

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one!
- Orson Welles

I don't say we all ought to misbehave,
but we ought to look as if we could.
- Orson Welles

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God.
- Orson Welles

Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.
- Orson Welles

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.
- Orson Welles

The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically,
by and large, is the most successful.
- Orson Welles

Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics,
and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
- Orson Welles

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.
- Orson Welles

I started at the top and worked my way down.
- Orson Welles

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

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
- Orson Welles

Create your own visual style...
let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
- Orson Welles

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
- Orson Welles

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

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
- Orson Welles

The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
- Orson Welles

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

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.
- Orson Welles

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
- Orson Welles

Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies,
which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
- Orson Welles

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid,
permanent, untenable.
- Orson Welles

I passionately hate the idea of being with it;
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
- Orson Welles

Personally, I don't like a girlfriend to have a husband.
If she'll fool her husband, I figure she'll fool me.
- Orson Welles

They teach anything in universities today.
You can major in mud pies.
- Orson Welles

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
- Orson Welles

Nobody gets justice.
People only get good luck or bad luck.
- Orson Welles

The essential is to excite the spectators.
If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium,
you do it.
- Orson Welles

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.
- Orson Welles

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.
- Orson Welles

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.
- Orson Welles

Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties -
provided we're only talking about criminals.
- Ann Coulter

If we stick together as an American people we can bring
down the war criminals that are running our country right now.
- Cindy Sheehan

Thru the auspices of the viewers who become -
I think this is an import -
in a democracy,
become a working unit with law enforcement against the criminals.
- Robert Stack

War should be made a crime, and those who instigate
it should be punished as criminals.
- Charles Evans Hughes

Repudiating the virtues of your world,
criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe.
They agree to live in it.
The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.
- Jean Genet

How did we suddenly become entranced with gangster
culture? I saw it this morning on campus.
When did the black community say we should all look like criminals?
- Tim Reid

Every New Year is the direct descendant,
isn't it, of a long line of proven criminals?
- Ogden Nash

There's a difference between criminals and crooks.
Crooks steal.
Criminals blow some guy's brains out.
I'm a crook.
- Ronald Biggs

Our systems are all go.
At 9:30 Monday morning trading will resume on both markets,
and the message will be given to criminals who foisted
this on America that they lost.
- Richard Grasso

Everyone has favorite criminals.
Mine are pimps.
We can all rob a bank; we can all sell drugs.
Being a pimp is a whole other thing.
- Chris Rock

No, we're not looking at how to control criminals...
we're talking about banning the AK-47 and semi-automatic guns.
- Howard Metzenbaum

I've always liked the minds of criminals,
they seem similar to artists.
- Richard Linklater

When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals.
He has nerve and he has knowledge.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

I rank myself no higher in the scheme of things than a policeman -
whose utility would disappear if there were no criminals.
- Lord Salisbury

The dead should be judged like criminals,
impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
- Samuel Butler

There are few better measures of the concern a society
has for its individual members and its own well being
than the way it handles criminals.
- Ramsey Clark

The income tax created more criminals than any other
single act of government.
- Barry Goldwater

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
- William Blake

Society questions the police and their methods,
and the police say, Do you want the criminals off the street or not?
- Kurt Russell

As governor, there isn't a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime.
Law enforcement is really a local issue.
It's the cops' job to tighten down on criminals.
- Jesse Ventura

These are international criminals, and the spineless
Democrats are doing nothing about it.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I really feel like the sky is the limit with the Innocent Criminals today.
- Ben Harper

Well, I'm used to rubbing shoulders with crooks and criminals.
- Jason Statham

There are criminals who are drug users,
but most addicts are criminals only by virtue of prohibition
or from resorting to crime to pay inflated black market prices.
- Danny Sugerman


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