Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.

— Gene Wilder

The most authentic Gene Wilder quotes that will add value to your life

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


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.


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.


A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

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As they say in Corsica... Goodbye!


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


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.


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


So shines a good deed... in a weary world.


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


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


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.


About Gene Wilder

Quotes 74 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

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


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.


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 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'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.


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.


Where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?


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.


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.


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


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.


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


Gene Wilder characters wanted to be calm, but to the great delight of audiences, they rarely succeeded.


I'm not very funny in real life. I used to want to be a comedian when I was 13, 14, 15, till I saw "Death Of A Salesman" with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock.


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.


In fact, [Gene Wilder] had made a hysteric seem considerably less funny in his film debut as a terrified undertaker in "Bonnie And Clyde." And neurotics soon became his stock-in-trade, whether he was playing the weird title character in "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory..."


When your mother gives you confidence about anything that you do, you carry that confidence with you.She made me believe that I could make someone laugh.


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


With Mel [Brooks], only one time and that was later on during "Young Frankenstein" - never with Zero [Mostel] and never with Mel except I was writing every day, and then Mel would come to the house and read what I'd written. And then he'd say, yeah, yeah, yeah, OK, yeah, OK. But we need a villain or we need whatever it was.


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.


On screen, Gene Wilder could often be summed up as an accident waiting to happen, that frizzy, flyaway hair, the eyes darting this way and that and then something would set him off, Zero Mostel, say, in the movie that made Wilder a star, "The Producers."


I found a very diabolical way of making myself suffer - not in the same way [my mother ] was suffering but to prevent me from enjoying my own life.


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


Gene Wilder often said that his job as an actor wasn't to make something funny but to make it real.


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.


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.'


I met Mel [Brooks] backstage in Anne's [Bancroft] dressing room.

He was wearing one of those pea coats, pea jackets that were made famous by the Merchant Marines, and I admired it and he said, "You know, they used to call this a urine jacket, but it didn't sell."


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


My agent at the time, Mike Medavoy, before he became a movie mogul, called me up and said, how about a movie with you and Peter Boyle and Marty Feldman? And I said, well, what makes you think of that? He said because I now handle you and Peter Marty.


My humor is - was quite different. Mine was "Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" and "The World's Greatest Lover" and "Haunted Honeymoon," "The Woman In Red," things - "See No Evil, Hear No Evil." But his was much broader, and I think much funnier, too.


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


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


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.


Her business manager said, you know, Gilda [Radner] left you that house.

That's when I decided to stay and test it out. And after about a month, the roots grew, and I didn't ever want to live anywhere else for the rest of my life - travel, yes, but not to live anywhere else.