Quotes by Orson Welles

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

I am essentially a hack, a commercial person. If I had a hobby, I would immediately make money on it or abandon it. more...

When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society. more...

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. more...

I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows. more...

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

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. more...

Fake is as old as the Eden tree. more...

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

Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else. more...

I started at the top and worked my way down. more...

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

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

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

I'm one of those fellows so frightened of driving that I go 80 miles an hour - and the more frightened I get, the faster I go. more...

Gluttony is not a secret vice. more...

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

My mother and father were both much more remarkable than any story of mine can make them. They seem to me just mythically wonderful. more...

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. more...

Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest. more...

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God. more...

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

Look at the real prodigies, and I look like nothing compared to them. more...

I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. more...

On my tombstone, I want written: 'He never did 'Love Boat!' more...

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

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one! more...

I don't like television when it gets near to photographed plays. more...

I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man. more...

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. more...

People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas. more...

I have made an art form of the interview. The French are the best interviewers, despite their addiction to the triad, like all Cartesians. more...

If I don't like somebody's looks, I don't like them. more...

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

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

Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists. more...

My kind of director is an actor-director who writes. more...

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

The two things you cannot do effectively on stage are pray and copulate. more...

There's no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present. more...

I would rather be on the set than doing anything. more...

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. more...

I was spoiled in a very strange way as a child, because everybody told me, from the moment I was able to hear, that I was absolutely marvelous, and I never heard a discouraging word for years, you see. I didn't know what was ahead of me. more...

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. more...

I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it - how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it. more...

As a producer, sitting on the other side of the desk, I have never once had an agent go out on a limb for his client and fight for him. I've never heard one say, 'No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use.' They will always say, 'You don't like him? I've got somebody else.' They're totally spineless. more...

In common with all Protestant or Jewish cultures, America was developed on the idea that your word is your bond. Otherwise, the frontier could never have been opened, 'cause it was lawless. A man's word had to mean something. more...

Each multiplex has screens allocated to each studio. The screens need filling. Studios have to create product to fill their screen, and the amount of good product is limited. more...

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. more...

I'm a provincial. I live very much like a hermit: reading, listening to music, working in the cutting room, writing, commercial work - which doesn't take up that much time. more...

I think I made essential a mistake in staying in movies, because I - but it's a mistake I can't regret, because it's like saying, 'I shouldn't have stayed married to that woman, but I did because I love her.' more...

I'm never certain of a performance - my own or the other actors' - or the script or anything... But to me it seems there's only one place in the world the camera can be, and the decision usually comes immediately. more...

I know people who have a much better recollection of their childhood than I do. They remember very well when they were a year and a half and two years old. I've only one or two daguerreotypes that come to mind. more...

I've always found it very sanitary to be broke. more...

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

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

I have an unfortunate personality. more...

One shouldn't ever be conscious of the author as lecturer. When social or moral points are too heavily stressed, I always get uncomfortable. more...

The first thing one must remember about film is that it is a young medium. And it is essential for every responsible artist to cultivate the ground that has been left fallow. more...

The only reason for doing a play is to make a statement about it, and by that I don't mean a conceit of the producer. more...

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

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre. more...

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

Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers. more...

I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations. more...

'The Godfather' was the glorification of a bunch of bums who never existed. more...

I never said I was a genius. more...

I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford. more...

I have no great message to the world. more...

When television came along, I'd already done more than 10 years of radio work and I thought everyone would want me. I sat around waiting for the phone to ring - and it didn't. more...

I can think of nothing that an audience won't understand. The only problem is to interest them; once they are interested, they understand anything in the world. more...

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

There were centuries when civilization had no theater. more...

See, I believe that it is not true that different races and nations are alike. I'm profoundly convinced that that's a total lie. I think people are different. Sardinians, for example, have stubby little fingers. Bosnians have short necks. more...

In my real movie-going days, which were the thirties, you didn't stand in line. You strolled down the street and sallied into the theater at any hour of the day or night. more...

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. more...

I'm not a walking extra in a Chekhov play; I'm no Slavic gloom or Irish gloom. more...

I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out more...

Ignorance sheer ignorance. There is no confidence to equal it. It's only when you know something about a profession that you are timid or careful. more...

Why spend 18 hours watching someone else's war, when you know how it comes out? We win, and then have to buy all their cars. more...

A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die. more...

The trouble with a movie is that it's old before it's released. It's no accident that it comes in a can. more...

Crooks aren't the worst people, just the stupidest. The fleas of the world. more...

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. more...

The basic and essential human is the woman. more...

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

I don't take art as seriously as politics. more...

In the theater there are 1,500 cameras rolling at the same time - in the cinema, only one. more...

It isn't worth it. No money is worth this... [walks out] more...

Take myself as a good-will ambassador. I'm great - I'm taking myself as a character - for the intellectuals and the man on the street. I'm great where Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. leaves off. I'm not so good with high society, in either North or South America, because I'm highly unconventional. Perhaps I bewilder people by being at once the esthete, the intellectual and the vulgarian. more...

That doesn't make any sense. Sorry. There's no known way of saying an English sentence in which you begin a sentence with "in" and emphasize it. Get me a jury and show me how you can say "In July" and I'll go down on you. That's just idiotic, if you'll forgive me for saying so. It's just stupid... "In July"; I'd love to know how you emphasize "In" in "In July". Impossible! Meaningless! more...

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. more...

Don't give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible. more...

In my opinion, there are two things that can absolutely not be carried to the screen: the realistic presentation of the sexual act and praying to God. more...

I dont believe in learning from other peoples pictures. I think you should learn from your own interior vision of things and discover, as I say, Innocently, as though there had never been anybody. more...

You're beautful. Yes you are, you're very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful. more...

A bad word from a colleague can darken a whole day. We need encouragement a lot more than we admit, even to ourselves. more...

In attempting to explain F For Fake's state-side failure, it has occurred to me that perhaps the subject matter was at least partially to blame, and that this country is so blissfully enslaved by the notion of the special sanctity of the expert that an overtly anti-expert film was bound to go too much against the national grain. more...

I look back on my life and it's 95% running around trying to raise money to make movies and 5% actually making them. It's no way to live. more...

I don't think any word can explain a man's life. more...

Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash - the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we're going to die. "Be of good heart," cry the dead artists out of the living past. "Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing." Maybe a man's name doesn't matter all that much. more...

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 girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys. more...

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

[When asked which film directors he most admired:] I like the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford. more...

A maverick may go his own way but he doesn't think that it's the only way or ever claim that it's the best one, except maybe for himself. And don't imagine that this raggle-taggle gypsy is claiming to be free. It's just that some of the necessities to which I am a slave are different from yours. more...

A toast, Jedediah, to love on my terms. Those are the only terms anybody ever knows - his own. more...

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

Old age is the only disease you dont want to be cured of. more...

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. more...

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

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

Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck. more...

In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace - and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. more...

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? more...

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. more...

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

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. more...

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

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

I've spent most of my mature life trying to prove that I'm not irresponsible. more...

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. more...

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. more...

The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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

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

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

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

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

On my tombstone, I want written: 'He never did 'Love Boat!' more...

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

An artist is always out of step with the time. He has to be. more...

Never expect justice in this world. That is not part of God's plan. Everybody thinks that if they don't get it, they're some kind of odd man out. And it's not true. Nobody gets justice - people just get good luck or bad luck. more...

Only in a police state is the job of a policeman easy. more...

The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world. more...

I rather think the cinema will die. Look at the energy being exerted to revive it - yesterday it was color, today three dimensions. I don't give it forty years more. Witness the decline of conversation. Only the Irish have remained incomparable conversationalists, maybe because technical progress has passed them by. more...

The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents. more...

I think we're a kind of desperation. We're sort of a maddening luxury. The basic and essential human is the woman, and all that we're doing is trying to brighten up the place. That's why all the birds who belong to our sex have prettier feathers - because males have got to try and justify their existence. more...

I hate it when people pray on the screen. It's not because I hate praying, but whenever I see an actor fold his hands and look up in the spotlight, I'm lost. There's only one other thing in the movies I hate as much, and that's sex. You just can't get in bed or pray to God and convince me on the screen. more...

I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God. more...

Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing. more...

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. more...

Human nature is eternal; therefore one who follows his nature keeps his original nature, in the end. more...

The word genius was whispered into my ear, the first thing I ever heard, while I was still mewling in my crib. So it never occurred to me that I wasn't until middle age. more...

You know what I did this morning? I played the voice of a toy. Some terrible robot toys from Japan that changed from one thing to another. The Japanese have funded a full-length animated cartoon about the doings of these toys, which is all bad outer-space stuff. I play a planet. I menace somebody called Something-or-other. Then I'm destroyed. My plan to destroy Whoever-it-is is thwarted and I tear myself apart on the screen. more...

The director is simply the audience. His job is to preside over accidents.... more...

I have all the equipment to be a politician. Total shamelessness. more...

FDR used to say, 'You and I are the two best actors in America'. more...

My theory is that everything went to hell with Prohibition, because it was a law nobody could obey. So the whole concept of the rule of law was corrupted at that moment. Then came Vietnam, and marijuana, which clearly shouldn't be illegal, but is. If you go to jail for ten years in Texas when you light up a joint, who are you? You're a lawbreaker. It's just like Prohibition was. When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society, you see? more...

We will sell no wine before its time. more...

A long-playing full shot is what always separates the men from the boys. Anybody can make movies with a pair of scissors and a two-inch lens. more...

Don't give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible. more...

I never make my mind up about anything at all, until it's over and done with. more...

A movie studio is the best toy a boy ever had. more...

The truth about any man can only be calculated by the sum of everything that has been said about him. more...

A poet needs a pen, a painter a brush, and a director an army. more...

The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream. more...

If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be 'Grand Illusion.' more...

Working is part of life, I don't know how to distinguish between the two... Work is an expression of life. more...

I'm extremely surprised to learn that a story, which has become familiar to children through the medium of comic strips and many succeeding novels and adventure stories, should have had such an immediate and profound effect upon radio listeners. more...

. . . you [film critics] always overstress the value of images. You judge films in the first place by their visual impact instead of looking for content. This is a great disservice to the cinema. It is like judging a novel only by the quality of its prose. I was guilty of the same sin when I first started writing for the cinema. . . . Now I feel that only the literary mind can help the movies out of that cul de sac into which they have been driven by mere technicians and artificers. more...

A movie in production is the greatest train set a boy could ever have. more...

I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon. more...

If I want to pursue the art of painting - or music or writing or sculpture - it requires only my time and a few dollars for materials. If, however, I want to produce a motion picture I have to go out and raise a million dollars! more...

I drag my myth around with me. more...

We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends. more...

What's happening now is what happened before, and often what's going to happen again sometime or other more...

I'm not basically a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy. more...

Even if I'd stayed [in the US to finish 'The Magnificent Ambersons'] I would've had to make compromises on the editing, but these would've been mine and not the fruit of confused and often semi-hysterical committees. If I had been there myself I would have found my own solutions and saved the pictures in a form which would have carried the stamp of my own effort. more...

The people who've done well within the [Hollywood] system are the people whose instincts, whose desires [are in natural alignement with those of the producers] - who want to make the kind of movies that producers want to produce. People who don't succeed - people who've had long, bad times; like [Jean] Renoir, for example, who I think was the best director, ever - are the people who didn't want to make the kind of pictures that producers want to make. Producers didn't want to make a Renoir picture, even if it was a success. more...

One should make movies innocently - the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden...Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a [John] Ford, or a [Jean] Renoir, or anybody. more...

As for my style, for my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it's the aspect. more...

Almost all serious stories in the world are stories of failure with a death in it. But there is more lost paradise in them than defeat. more...

By nature, I am an experimentalist. I don't believe much in accomplishment. more...

Cinema as a means of expression fascinates me. more...

Criticism is the essence of creation. more...

Every true artist must, in his own way, be a magician, a charlatan. more...

Friendship creates only the illusion of not being alone. more...

Hollywood expects you to experiment but on a film that makes money and if you don't make money, you're to blame. Your job is to make money. more...

Hollywood is a gold-plated suburb suitable for golfers, gardeners, assorted middlemen, and contented movies stars. I am none of these things. more...

I discovered at the age of six that everything was a phony, worked with mirrors. Since then, I've always wanted to be a magician. more...

I don't want any description of me to be accurate; I want it to be flattering. I don't think people who have to sing for their supper ever like to be described truthfully - not in print anyway. We need to sell tickets, so we need good reviews. more...

I hate women, hate them generally, not in particular but in an abstract way. I hate them because one never really learns anything about them. They are inscrutable. more...

I love informality. I hate dressing up. I hate to be conventional - and I hate every kind of snob. more...

I seem to have no dress sense at all. I'm always being listed in New York among one of the ten worst dressed men of the year. Someone once described me as "looking like an unmade bed." He was right! more...

I'd make my promises now if I wasn't so busy arranging to keep them. more...

I'm a lurid character! more...

It would be so much better if the critics would come, not on first nights, but on last nights, when they could exercise their undoubted flair for funeral orations. more...

Make up an extra copy of that picture and send it to the Chronicle. more...

My definition of success is not having things thrown at me! more...

Paris is the playwright's delight. New York is the home of directors. London, however, is the actor's city, the only one in the world. In London, actors are given their head. more...

The most personal thing I've put in [Touch of Evil] is my hatred of the abuse of police power. It's better to see a murderer go free than for a policeman to abuse his power. more...

[The movies] make the sort of comment only a novel can make, an allusion to the world in which people live, the psychological and economic motivations, the influences of the period in which they lived. more...

There are a thousand ways of playing a good classic. If it were effective, I would play Hamlet on a trapeze. more...

Today I believe that man cannot escape his destiny to create whatever it is we make - jazz, a wooden spoon, or graffiti on the wall. All of these are expressions of man's creativity, proof that man has not yet been destroyed by technology. But are we making things for the people of our epoch or repeating what has been done before? And finally, is the question itself important? We must ask ourselves that. The most important thing is always to doubt the importance of the question. more...

You could write all the IDEAS of all the movies, my own included, on the head of a pin. more...

Hollywood is Hollywood. There's nothing you can say about it that is' 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. more...

Do' give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible. more...

[I have a] fondness for telling stories, like the Arab storytellers on the marketplace. ... I will never grow tired of [telling] stories [and] I make the mistake of thinking that everyone has the same enthusiasm! more...

I must be sincere towards what I am. ... Experimenting is the only thing that fills me with enthusiasm. ... It is the only sphere where I feel really honest and sincere. more...

I love moving around from town to town. I never got on a train in my life without my spirits rising. more...

Husbands should revolt from time to time. Even the best circus-number becomes boring if the beast is too tame. more...

A director is someone who presides over a series of accidents. more...

In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! more...

I suppose you are a fool to do it, but if you happen to be more interested in the political question, than the size of your audience, then it doesn't matter. more...

I try to be a Christian...I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God. more...

This theatre is your theatre. You are responsible for its creation and its progress. more...

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

I think I made, essentially, a mistake, staying in movies. But it's a mistake I can't regret, because it's like saying, 'I shouldn't have stayed married to that woman, but I did because I love her. I would've been more successful if I hadn't been married to her...' You know? more...

One should make movies innocently - the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden...Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a Ford, or a Renoir, or anybody. more...

...As for my style, for my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it's the aspect. more...

We know a little place in the American Far West, where Charlie Briggs chops up the finest prairie-fed beef and tastes... (pauses, and continues with a note of disgust in his voice) This is a lot of shit, you know that! You want one more? One more on the beef? more...

But you can't emphasize beef, that's like his wanting me to emphasize in before July! Come on, fellows, you're losing your heads! I wouldn't direct any living actor like this in Shakespeare! The way you do this, it's impossible! more...

The right reading for this is the one I'm giving. more...

I spend... twenty times more for you people than any other commercial I've ever made. You are such pests! Now what is it you want? In your... depths of your ignorance, what is it you want? Whatever it is you want, I can't deliver, 'cause I just don't see it. more...

It isn't worth it. No money is worth this... more...

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars. more...

"I've got to cross the river," the scorpion said to the frog. But the frog knew all about the scorpion and refused. "If I let you climb on my back, you'll sting me, and everyone knows it's fatal to be stung by a scorpion." "Don't be silly," said the scorpion. "If I sting you, you'll die, and if you die, I'll drown. That's logical, isn't it?" Because the scorpion is an intelligent beast, and therefore logical. The frog had to admit it was and let the scorpion climb up on his back. But when they were half-way across the river, suddenly, the frog felt an atrocious piercing pain. The scorpion had stung it.. Its limbs became paralyzed, and as it sank below the surface, taking the scorpion with it, it cried out with its dying breath: "Is that logical?" "No," said the scorpion, "it's not. But what would you? I can't help it. It's my nature." more...

[Of a Hollywood movie studio:] This is the biggest electric train a boy ever had! more...

I passionately hate the idea of being "with it"; I think an artist is always out of step with his time. more...

I think an artist is always out of step with his time. He has to be. more...

Future shock is a sickness which comes from too much change in too short a time. It's the feeling that nothing is permanent anymore. more...

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