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Mr. Bernstein (Character)
from Citizen Kane (1941)

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Citizen Kane (1941)
Mr. Bernstein: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Switzerland... he was thrown out of a lot of colleges.

Mr. Bernstein: President's niece, huh? Before Mr. Kane's through with her, she'll be a president's wife.

Mr. Bernstein: There's a lot of statues in Europe you haven't bought yet.
Charles Foster Kane: You can't blame me. They've been making statues for some two thousand years, and I've only been collecting for five.

Mr. Bernstein: We never lost as much as we made.

Jedediah Leland: Bernstein, am I a stuffed shirt? Am I a horse-faced hypocrite? Am I a New England school marm?
Mr. Bernstein: Yes. If you thought I'd answer you any differently than what Mr. Kane tells you...

Mr. Bernstein: Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of.

Jerry Thompson: He made an awful lot of money.
Mr. Bernstein: Well, it's no trick to make a lot of money... if what you want to do is make a lot of money.

Mr. Bernstein: A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.

Charles Foster Kane: Read the cable.
Mr. Bernstein: "Girls delightful in Cuba. Stop. Could send you prose poems about scenery, but don't feel right spending your money. Stop. There is no war in Cuba, signed Wheeler." Any answer?
Charles Foster Kane: Yes. "Dear Wheeler: you provide the prose poems. I'll provide the war."

Mr. Bernstein: [to Leland] Mr. Kane is finishing the review you started - he's writing a bad notice. I guess that'll show you.

[On Kane finishing Leland's bad review of Susan's opera singing]
Mr. Bernstein: Everybody knows that story, Mr. Leland. But why did he do it? How could a man write a notice like that?
Jedediah Leland: You just don't know Charlie. He thought that by finishing that notice he could show me he was an honest man. He was always trying to prove something. The whole thing about Susie being an opera singer, that was trying to prove something. You know what the headline was the day before the election, "Candidate Kane found in love nest with quote, singer, unquote." He was gonna take the quotes off the singer.

Stagecoach Driver / Hauler: There ain't no bedrooms in this joint, that's a newspaper building!
Mr. Bernstein: You're getting paid, Mister, for opinions or for hauling?

Jedediah Leland: [about Kane's "Declaration of Principles"] I'd like to keep that particular piece of paper myself. I have a hunch it might turn out to be something pretty important. A document...
Mr. Bernstein: Sure!
Jedediah Leland: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and my first report card at school.

Mr. Bernstein: Sentimental fellow, aren't you?
Raymond: Hmmm... yes and no.

Mr. Bernstein: Isn't it wonderful? Such a party.
Jedediah Leland: Yeah
Mr. Bernstein: What's the matter?
Jedediah Leland: Bernstein, these men who are now with the Inquirer, who were with the Chronicle until yesterday...
[... ]
Jedediah Leland: Bernstein, Bernstein, these men who were with the Chronicle, weren't they just as devoted to the Chronicle policies as they are now to our policies?
Mr. Bernstein: Sure they are just like anybody else. They got work to do, they do it. Only they happen to be the best men in the business.
Jedediah Leland: Do we stand for the same things the Chronicle stands for, Mr. Bernstein?
Mr. Bernstein: Certainly not. Listen, Mr. Kane will change them to his kind of newspapermen in a week.
Jedediah Leland: There's always a chance, of course, that they will change Mr. Kane without his knowing it.

Mr. Bernstein: Who's the busiest man? Me? I've got nothing but time! What do you wanna know?

Charles Foster Kane: Mr. Carter, here's a three-column headline in the Chronicle. Why hasn't the Inquirer a three-column headline?
Herbert Carter: The news wasn't big enough.
Charles Foster Kane: Mr. Carter, if the headline is big enough, it makes the news big enough.
Mr. Bernstein: That's right, Mr. Kane.