15 Gene Wilder Quotes That'll Put a Smile on Your Face

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka making a face at a child in 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory via Paramount Pictures

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Enter a World of Pure Imagination Reading These Gene Wilder Quotes

Gene Wilder is an entertainer all his own.

There's not a single person in the industry quite like him, which is why so many people were drawn to his characters. He really had a way of making you feel special and transporting you to a world of pure imagination in every role, not just that of Willy Wonka.

Though he has since passed, his memory will live on forever in his movies and more. Even his wise words still ring true to this day.

Scroll below for the best Gene Wilder quotes of all time!

Best Gene Wilder Quotes

  • "Time is a precious thing. Never waste it."

  • "If you're not gonna tell the truth, then why start talking?"

  • "Success is a terrible thing and a wonderful thing. If you can enjoy it, it's wonderful. If it starts eating away at you, and they're waiting for more from me, or what can I do to top this, then you're in trouble. Just do what you love. That's all I want to do."

  • "The world is not based on fairness. Human beings can rise to fairness, can administer something that makes it fair or just. But that's not God."

  • "I'm funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while."

Famous Gene Wilder Quotes

  • "I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I'm on the right track."

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

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

  • "I've had a very good life and a very good career. I have no regrets."

  • "Pride is not the worst of sins. In fact, it's one of the most interesting ones."

Inspiring Gene Wilder Quotes

  • "I was so afraid to feel free to enjoy my own life if my mother was sick and suffering every day of hers. I didn't think I had the right."

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

  • "You're fooled by the applause into thinking that they love me, they really, really love me. Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do."

  • "That's all I wanted: for someone to look at me and listen to me, but in some beautiful and artistic way."

  • "I've become pretty philosophical about a lot of things, including death. It doesn't get to me."

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