These 4 "Citizen Kane" quotes from the 1941 dramatic mystery masterpiece will still not give away the movie's plot that searches for the answer to the question: "what is Rosebud?" Co-writer, director and star Orson Welles played the self-gratifying millionaire media mogul Charles Foster Kane—a man with a mouth full of grandiose quotable comments. These particular quotations from the Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Citizen Kane" prove that love cannot be bought and money makes no man immortal.
Charles Foster Kane: "You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man." As economics seem to control and influence everything in current society, this "Citizen Kane" quote seems even more meaningful. Even though Charles Foster Kane is a ridiculously wealthy media man, he still seems to believe that greed can only pollute his soul. He also makes it clear that he has completely given up all hope of becoming a better man in the future.
memory loss. But unfortunately, the ability to forget the worst moments that a person has experienced may make it that much easier to repeat those mistakes.
Bernstein: "Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of." If there was ever a universal problem that every human being has had with living – it is the old age portion of the journey. Kane's confidant Mr. Bernstein seems to agree when he uttered this quote in the movie "Citizen Kane." If old age is a disease, then death is a very permanent solution to that "problem."
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." Once again, the super wealthy Charles Kane spits on the idea of living a life of chasing money. He sounds more than willing to make money chase him instead when he enunciated this quote. With that many millions to his name, Kane could let money chase him all the way to the grave.