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Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 7:42 AM EDT
Oct 10 2012

Quotes of the day- Orson Welles:
George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media, most notably Caesar (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaption of Julius Caesar and the debut of the Mercury Theatre; The War of the Worlds (1938), the most famous broadcast in the history of radio; and Citizen Kane (1941), which is consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films. (Click for full article.)

A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.

Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what's for lunch.

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

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

Gluttony is not a secret vice.

Hollywood is Hollywood. There's nothing you can say about it that isn't true, good or bad. And if you get into it, you have no right to be bitter- you're the one who sat down, and joined the game.

I don't regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions.

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

I don't take art as seriously as politics.

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

I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment.

I passionately hate the idea of being “with it.” I think an artist is always out of step with his time. He has to be.

I started at the top and worked down.

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.

In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.
(spoken by Orson Welles in the film The Third Man)

It's about two percent movie-making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It's no way to spend a life.

Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.

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

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

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

Old age is the only disease you don't want to be cured of.

The director is the most overrated artist in the world. He is the only artist who, with no talent whatsoever, can be a success for 50 years without his lack of talent ever being discovered.

The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.

There are three intolerable things in life- cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.

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.

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

(YouTube video: Welles' final interview. He died a few hours after this taping.)

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H.G. Wells

Published Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 9:10 AM EDT
Sep 21 2012

Quotes of the day- H.G. Wells:
Herbert George "H.G." Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946) was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.

A time will come when men will sit with history before them or with some old newspaper before them and ask incredulously, “Was there ever such a world?”

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.

Advertising is legalized lying.

An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.

Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.

Civilization is a race between disaster and education.

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.

Cynicism is humour in ill health.

Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American Eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich.

Go away. I'm all right.
(attributed last words)

Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.

How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small.

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.

If we don't end war, war will end us.

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.

Our true nationality is mankind.

Religion is pickled God.

Science has toiled too long forging weapons for fools to use. It is time she held her hand.

The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow.

The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in the course of taking hold of it.

The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf. It's almost a law.

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.

(YouTube video: Orson Welles and H.G. Wells meet for the first time in )

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