Gene Wilder Quotes

“For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius!” -Gene Wilder

“But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted… He lived happily ever after.” -Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

My basic mistake in ‘The World’s Greatest Lover’ was that I made the leading character a neurotic kook and sent him to Hollywood. I should have made him a perfectly normal, sane, ordinary person, and sent him to Hollywood. The audience identifies with the lead character. -Gene Wilder

I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I’m on the right track. But yes, I don’t like to get Maudlin. And I have a tendency towards it. -Gene Wilder

What did you expect? Welcome, sonny? Make yourself at home? Marry my daughter? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know . . . morons -Gene Wilder

My favorite author is Anton Chekhov, not so much for the plays but for his short stories, and I think he was really my tutor. -Gene Wilder

The big catalyst was seeing my sister, when I was 11, doing a dramatic recital. When I saw her on the stage and everyone listening to her so patiently, quietly, that’s all I wanted: for someone to look at me and listen to me, but in some beautiful and artistic way. -Gene Wilder

So shines a good deed… in a weary world. -Gene Wilder

For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius! -Gene Wilder

“No, it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen.'” -Dr. Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein)

“Put the candle back!” -Dr. Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein)

“If the good lord intended us to walk, he never would’ve invented roller skates.” -Gene Wilder

“Fuzzy Wuzzy was a woman?” -Dave Lyons (See No Evil, Hear No Evil)

“It’s only with the heart that one can see clearly. What’s essential, is invisible to the eye.” -The Fox (The Little Prince)

“Because you wasted so much time on me, you made me feel very important.” -The Fox (The Little Prince)

Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous. -Gene Wilder

When you please your mother by doing something, it gives you confidence that you can please other people. -Gene Wilder

Harry, he thinks he’s a horse!” -Skip Donahue (Stir Crazy)