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  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud...


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Charles Foster Kane: I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?


  • 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 always gagged on the silver spoon.


  • Charles Foster Kane: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.
    Walter Parks Thatcher: Don't you think you are?
    Charles Foster Kane: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.
    Walter Parks Thatcher: What would you like to have been?
    Charles Foster Kane: Everything you hate.


  • Boss Jim Gettys: You're the greatest fool I've ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I'd say what's going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you're going to need more than one lesson. And you're going to get more than one lesson


  • Charles Foster Kane: This gentleman was saying...
    Boss Jim Gettys: I am not a gentleman. I don't even know what a gentleman is.


  • 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.


  • Charles Foster Kane: You can take my word for it. There'll be no war.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Jedediah Leland: He married for love. Love. That's why he did everything. That's why he went into politics. It seems we weren't enough, he wanted all the voters to love him too. Guess all he really wanted out of life was love. That's Charlie's story, how he lost it. You see, he just didn't have any to give. Well, he loved Charlie Kane of course, very dearly, and his mother, I guess he always loved her.


  • Charles Foster Kane: You Know, Mr. Bernstein, If I Hadn't Been Very Rich, I Might Have Been A Really Great Man.
    Charles Foster Kane: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Jedediah Leland: 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: 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.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Sure we're speaking, Jedediah...you're fired.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Walter Parks Thatcher: Is that your idea of how to run a newspaper?
    Charles Foster Kane: I don't know how to run a newspaper, Mr. Thatcher.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Are we going to declare war on Spain, or are we not?
    Jedediah Leland: The Inquirer already has.
    Charles Foster Kane: You long-faced, overdressed anarchist!
    Jedediah Leland: I am not overdressed!
    Charles Foster Kane: You are too! Mr. Bernstein, look at his necktie.


  • Charles Foster Kane: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich I may have been a really great man.
    Walter Parks Thatcher: Don't you think you are?
    Charles Foster Kane: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.
    Walter Parks Thatcher: What would you like to have been?
    Charles Foster Kane: Everything you hate.


  • Emily Norton Kane: You decided what you were going to do, Charles, some time ago.


  • Charles Foster Kane: There's only one person who's going to decide what I'm going to do and that's me.


  • Charles Foster Kane: People will think what I tell them to think
    Charles Foster Kane: People will think what I tell them to think.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Susan Alexander: Whatever you want just name it, and it's yours but you gotta love me
    Susan Alexander: Love! You don't love anybody! Me or anybody else! Whatever you want, just name it and it's yours!


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud...


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