Remembering Gene Wilder: 10 Unforgettable Quotes from ‘Willy Wonka’

Today we remember Gene Wilder in one of his most prolific roles as the chocolatier who taught us how to dream.

Wilder’s character inspired us to take a step out of reality and into the realm of “pure imagination” where we could conquer our ambitions and eat candy in the face of the terrifying unknown. Following the news of his death, celebrities took to social media to remember Wilder’s bits of wisdom from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and other films that are associated with his memory as fans celebrate his life and career.

In memoriam of the extraordinary comedic talent that was Mr. Wilder, we’ve rounded up a handful of quotes from when he first invited us into his chocolate factory in 1971 as Willy Wonka such as this:

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Launch the gallery below on Wilder’s best lines from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.