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30 Iconic Gene Wilder Quotes and One liners With Images

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Gene Wilder quotes give a detailed insight on the inner workings of this genius of a man who was not only an actor but also a director, producer, screenwriter, and author.

Wilder was born on June 11, 1933 in Wisconsin, USA. He began his acting career from stage and later made his television debut in 1961. His first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film The Producers for which he was nominated for Oscar award. He is most famous for his role as Willy Wonka in the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

After the death of his wife Gilda Radner from ovarian cancer, he started promoting cancer awareness and helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles. He himself died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on August 29, 2016 at the age of 83.


Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.
Gene Wilder

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

Gene Wilder Quotes

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

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

Gene Wilder Quotes

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

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

Gene Wilder Quotes

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.This was said by gene wilder … what does it mean?
Gene Wilder

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

Gene Wilder Quotes

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

Don’t put the sheep on the table.
Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder Quotes

If the physical thing you’re doing is funny, you don’t have to act funny while doing it…Just be real and it will be funnier.
Gene Wilder

To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.
Gene Wilder Quotes

Gene Wilder Quote

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

Gene Wilder Quote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Gene Wilder

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

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you’d say, ‘That’s what a child would do.
Gene Wilder Quotes

Gene Wilder Quote

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

I had improvised a lot in classes and at the Actors Studio, but I never did it in front of the camera.
Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder Quote

I want to be an actor, maybe a comic actor but a real actor.
Gene Wilder

I certainly didn’t have New York Jewish humor. But I was in three Mel Brooks films so people thought I was a connoisseur of New York Jewish humor.
Gene Wilder Quotes

Gene Wilder Quote

Zero Mostel wasn’t afraid of authority in any form, and that’s the part that influenced me the most.
Gene Wilder

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

Gene Wilder Quote

I met Richard Pryor for the first time in Calgary, in Canada. A very quiet, modest meeting.
Gene Wilder Quotes

I put out my hand to shake hands with Zero Mostel, and he took my hand [and] he pulled me up to his face, and he gave me a kiss on the lips. And all my nervousness went out the window.
Gene Wilder

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