You’re a reporter. You want to know what I think about Charlie Kane. Well, I suppose he had some private sort of greatness, but ke kept it to hemself. He never gave himself away. He never gave anything away. He just left you a tip.
He had a generous mind. I don’t suppose anybody ever had so many opinions. But he never believed in anything except Charlie Kane, he never had a conviction except Charlie Kane in his life. I suppose he died without one. It must have been pretty unpleasant. Of course, a lot of us check out without having any special convictions about death. But wen do know what we’re leaving. At least we believe in someing.
-From Orson Welles’s 1941 film Citizen Kane