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The Best Citizen Kane Quotes

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Citizen Kane quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the Orson Welles drama Citizen Kane as determined by you and your votes. Regarded as the best film of all time by many critics, the 1941 Citizen Kane was Welles's first feature film. In addition to directing and starring in the film, Welles also produced and co-wrote the script, which won the 1942 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Released on September 5, 1941, the tagline for Citizen Kane was "The classic story of power and the press."

What are the best Citizen Kane quotes? Do you like the exchange between Susan and Charles: "I don't know many people." / "I know too many people. I guess we're both lonely"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top Citizen Kane quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

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  • Charles: 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: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.
    Walter Parks Thatcher: What would you like to have been?
    Charles: Everything you hate.
  • Bernstein: There's a lot of statues in Europe you haven't bought yet.
    Charles: You can't blame me. They've been making statues for some two thousand years, and I've only been collecting for five.
  • Leland: You still eating?
    Charles: I'm still hungry.
  • Charles: Are we going to declare war on Spain, or are we not?
    Leland: The Inquirer already has.
    Charles: You long-faced, overdressed anarchist!
    Leland: I am not overdressed!
    Charles: You are too. Mr. Bernstein, look at his necktie.