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The enemy of society is middle class and the ...
by Orson Welles

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

Related topics: Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
- 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

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

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

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

I have an unfortunate personality.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
- Orson Welles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

An "enemy" is a mirage -
an image of self reflected on the sands of Hell.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to destroy an enemy
is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
- Socrates

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Lord, grant comfort, joy and health
to those I call friend,
to those I call enemy,
and to those I have cursed by my indifference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

Self-pity is our worst enemy
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon


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