Quotes from the Movie Citizen Kane

It's also my pleasure to see to it that decent, hard-working people in this community aren't robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates, just because they haven't had anybody to look after their interests...

Charles Foster Kane

If I don't look after the interests of the underprivileged, maybe somebody else will, maybe somebody without any money or property...and that would be too bad!

Charles Foster Kane

I would have been a great man, if it weren't for all that money...

Charles Foster Kane

I would have been a great man, if it weren't for all that money...

Charles Foster Kane

You're right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in, 60 years.

Charles Foster Kane

You're right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in, 60 years.

Charles Foster Kane

I always gagged on that silver spoon.

Charles Foster Kane

The news goes on for 24 hours a day.

Charles Foster Kane

If the headline is big enough, it makes the news big enough.

Charles Foster Kane

We have no secrets from our readers. Mr. Thatcher is one of our most devoted readers, Mr. Bernstein. He knows what's wrong with every issue since I've taken charge.

Charles Foster Kane

I was on my way to the Western Manhattan Warehouse in search of my youth. You see, my mother died a long time ago and her things were put in storage out West. There wasn't any other place to put them. I thought I'd send for them now. Tonight, I was going to take a look at them. You know, a sort of sentimental journey.

Charles Foster Kane

I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?

Charles Foster Kane

with one purpose only, to point out and make public the dishonesty, the downright villainy of Boss Jim W. Gettys' political machine, now in complete control of the government of this state. I made no campaign promises, because until a few weeks ago, I had no hope of being elected. Now however, I am something more than a hope. Jim Gettys, Jim Gettys has something less than a chance. Every straw vote, every independent poll shows that I'll be elected. Now I can afford to make some promises. The working man, the working man and the slum child know they can expect my best efforts in their interests. The nation's ordinary citizens know that I'll do everything in my power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed.

Charles Foster Kane

As Charles Foster Kane who owns eighty-two thousand, six hundred and thirty-four shares of public transit - you see, I do have a general idea of my holdings - I sympathize with you. Charles Foster Kane is a scoundrel. His paper should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him. You may, if you can form such a committee, put me down for a contribution of one thousand dollars.

Charles Foster Kane

I don't think there's one word that can describe a mans life.

Charles Foster Kane

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

Charles Foster Kane

Don't worry about me Gettys. Don't worry about me. I'm Charles Foster Kane. I'm no cheap, crooked politician, trying to save himself from the consequences of his crimes. Gettys. I'm going to send you to Sing Sing. Sing Sing Gettys. Sing Sing.

Charles Foster Kane

You can't buy a bag of peanuts in this town without someone writing a song about you.

Charles Foster Kane

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Switzerland... he was thrown out of a lot of colleges.

Mr. Bernstein

President's niece, huh? Before Mr. Kane's through with her, she'll be a president's wife.

Mr. Bernstein

We never lost as much as we made.

Mr. Bernstein

Mr. Kane is finishing the review you started - he's writing a bad notice. I guess that'll show you.

Mr. Bernstein

Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of.

Mr. Bernstein

A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.

Mr. Bernstein

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