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

Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant.

- 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 would rather be on the set than doing anything.

- Orson Welles

I have wasted the greater part of my life looking for money and trying to get along, trying to make my work from this terribly expensive paintbox, which is a movie. And I've spent too much energy on things that have nothing to do with making a movie. It's about two percent moviemaking and ninety-eight percent hustling It's no way to spend a life.

- Orson Welles

If you've noticed that I don't use long takes, it's not because I don't like them, but because no one gives me the necessary means to treat myself to them. It's more economical to make one image, then this image and then that image, and try to control them later, in the editing studio.

- Orson Welles

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

- Orson Welles

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.

- Orson Welles

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

- Orson Welles

If everyone worked with wide-angle lenses, I'd shoot all my films in 75mm, because I believe very strongly in the possibilities of the 75mm.

- Orson Welles