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

Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous.

— 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: “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: “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: “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 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



Gene Wilder Quote: “I’m funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while.”

I’m funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “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.”

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


Gene Wilder Quote: “I wanted to be an actor. Maybe a comic actor, but an actor. That’s what got me into acting was putting on an act, because in life, I wasn’t funny and I felt on stage or in the movies, I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free.”

I wanted to be an actor. Maybe a comic actor, but an actor. That’s what got me into acting was putting on an act, because in life, I wasn’t funny and I felt on stage or in the movies, I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I never thought of it as God. I didn’t know what to call it. I don’t believe in devils, but demons I do because everyone at one time or another has some kind of a demon, even if you call it by another name, that drives them.”

I never thought of it as God. I didn’t know what to call it. I don’t believe in devils, but demons I do because everyone at one time or another has some kind of a demon, even if you call it by another name, that drives them.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “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.”

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


Gene Wilder Quote: “I wanted to do – there was this film called ‘Magic’ that Anthony Hopkins did. And the director wanted me. The writer wanted me. Joe Levine said no, I don’t want any comedians in this.”

I wanted to do – there was this film called ‘Magic’ that Anthony Hopkins did. And the director wanted me. The writer wanted me. Joe Levine said no, I don’t want any comedians in this.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do – sing, dance, joke about – then they take that as love.”

Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do – sing, dance, joke about – then they take that as love.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “But the acting process – create a human being – was real, not only to the audience, but real to me.”

But the acting process – create a human being – was real, not only to the audience, but real to me.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “So my idea of neurotic is spending too much time trying to correct a wrong. When I feel that I’m doing that, then I snap out of it.”

So my idea of neurotic is spending too much time trying to correct a wrong. When I feel that I’m doing that, then I snap out of it.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Lots of things are hard work, but I think writing, for me, after I started acting at 13 years old. I like writing now much more than I do acting only because, well, partly because the scripts that are offered are junk.”

Lots of things are hard work, but I think writing, for me, after I started acting at 13 years old. I like writing now much more than I do acting only because, well, partly because the scripts that are offered are junk.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “As they say in Corsica... Goodbye.”

As they say in Corsica... Goodbye.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I don’t mean to sound – I don’t want it to come out funny, but I don’t like show business. I love – I love acting in films. I love it.”

I don’t mean to sound – I don’t want it to come out funny, but I don’t like show business. I love – I love acting in films. I love it.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “Woody makes a movie as if he were lighting 10,000 safety matches to illuminate a city. Each one is a little epiphany: topical, ethnic, or political.”

Woody makes a movie as if he were lighting 10,000 safety matches to illuminate a city. Each one is a little epiphany: topical, ethnic, or political.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “And in ‘Frisco Kid’ and in ‘The Woman in Red’ I had to ride badly. Then you have to really ride well in order to ride badly.”

And in ‘Frisco Kid’ and in ‘The Woman in Red’ I had to ride badly. Then you have to really ride well in order to ride badly.

— Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder Quote: “I’d like to do a comedy with Emma Thompson. I admire her as an actress so much. I love her. And I didn’t know it until recently that her whole career started in comedy.”

I’d like to do a comedy with Emma Thompson. I admire her as an actress so much. I love her. And I didn’t know it until recently that her whole career started in comedy.

— Gene Wilder

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