In A Viewer’s Companion to ‘Citizen Kane’ Roger Ebert says his favorite speech in Kane is delivered by Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane) when he is talking about the magic of memory with the inquiring reporter:
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.