Citizen Kane (1941) quotes

Director
Orson Welles.

Cast
Joseph Cotten.
Dorothy Comingore.
Agnes Moorehead.
Ruth Warrick.

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Rosebud…
– Charles Foster Kane

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Switzerland… he was thrown out of a lot of colleges.
– Mr. Bernstein

Forty-nine thousand acres of nothing but scenery and statues. I’m lonesome.
– Susan Alexander Kane

I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race: memory.
– Jedediah Leland

I don’t know how to run a newspaper, Mr. Thatcher; I just try everything I can think of.
– Charles Foster Kane

Some people can sing, some people cannot. Impossible! Impossible!
– Matiste

That’s all he ever wanted out of life… was love. That’s the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane. You see, he just didn’t have any to give.
– Jedediah Leland

Throw that junk in.
– Raymond

There’s only one person in the world who’s going to decide what I’m going to do and that’s me…
– Charles Foster Kane

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

I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.
– 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

We never lost as much as we made.
Mr. Bernstein

You don’t care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love ’em so much that they ought to love you back. Only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules.
– Jedediah Leland

I always gagged on the silver spoon.
– Charles Foster Kane

Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio.
– Charles Foster Kane

You can’t buy a bag of peanuts in this town without someone writing a song about you.
– Charles Foster Kane