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Gene Wilder Quote: “Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.”

Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.

— Gene Wilder



Gene Wilder Quote: “If you’re not gonna tell the truth, then why start talking?”

If you’re not gonna tell the truth, then why start talking?

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Great art direction is NOT the same thing as great film direction!”

Great art direction is NOT the same thing as great film direction!

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “The suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last.”

The suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last.

— Gene Wilder


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

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

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I love the art of acting, and I love film, because you always have anther chance if you want it. You know, if we – if this isn’t going well, you can’t say – well, you could say – let’s stop. Let’s start over again, Gene, because you were too nervous.”

I love the art of acting, and I love film, because you always have anther chance if you want it. You know, if we – if this isn’t going well, you can’t say – well, you could say – let’s stop. Let’s start over again, Gene, because you were too nervous.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I like writing books. I’d rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It’s not so bad. I am really lucky.”

I like writing books. I’d rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It’s not so bad. I am really lucky.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous.”

Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “When you please your mother by doing something, it gives you confidence that you can please other people.”

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

— Gene Wilder



Gene Wilder Quote: “I never used to believe in fate. I used to think you make your own life and then you call it fate. That’s why I call it irony.”

I never used to believe in fate. I used to think you make your own life and then you call it fate. That’s why I call it irony.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Which one of us, anywhere in the world, doesn’t yearn to be believed when the audience is watching?”

Which one of us, anywhere in the world, doesn’t yearn to be believed when the audience is watching?

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I like – it’s not that I want to be someone different from me, but I suppose it partly is that. I love creating a character in a fantastical situation, like Dr. Frankenstein, like Leo Bloom, a little caterpillar who blossoms into a butterfly. I love that.”

I like – it’s not that I want to be someone different from me, but I suppose it partly is that. I love creating a character in a fantastical situation, like Dr. Frankenstein, like Leo Bloom, a little caterpillar who blossoms into a butterfly. I love that.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I’m in complete remission. I’m alive and well.”

I’m in complete remission. I’m alive and well.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I was so afraid to feel free to enjoy my own life if my mother was sick and suffering everyday of her’s. I didn’t think I had the right.”

I was so afraid to feel free to enjoy my own life if my mother was sick and suffering everyday of her’s. I didn’t think I had the right.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “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.”

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


Gene Wilder Quote: “I love acting, especially if it’s a fantasy of some kind, where it’s not just realistic, it’s not naturalism.”

I love acting, especially if it’s a fantasy of some kind, where it’s not just realistic, it’s not naturalism.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “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.”

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


Gene Wilder Quote: “On stage or in the movies I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free.”

On stage or in the movies I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.”

To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.

— Gene Wilder


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