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Quotations from Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is a mystery drama about a group of reporters who try to decipher the last words spoken by the millionaire newspaper tycoon, Charles Foster Kane. What were those words? The famous one-word line: "Rosebud." The film goes through flashbacks, news reels, and a story of how he got his fame. This film is one of the most influential of all-time due to its art direction and overall direction.

Read quotes from this fantastic mystery drama, Citizen Kane, below.


[first lines]
Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.
Bernstein: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Switzerland... he was thrown out of a lot of colleges.
Female reporter: If you could've found out what Rosebud meant, I bet that would've explained everything.
Thompson: No, I don't think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn't get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything... I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a... piece in a jigsaw puzzle... a missing piece.
Emily: Really Charles, people will think...
Charles Foster Kane: What I tell them to think.
Bernstein: President's niece, huh? Before Mr. Kane's through with her, she'll be a president's wife.
Bernstein: There's a lot of statues in Europe you haven't bought yet.
Charles Foster Kane: You can't blame me. They've been making statues for some two thousand years, and I've only been collecting for five.
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.
Bernstein: Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of.
Susan: Forty-nine thousand acres of nothing but scenery and statues. I'm lonesome.
Charles Foster Kane: A toast, Jedediah: to Love on my own terms.
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