Charlie Chaplin Quotes

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer, achieved global renown during the silent film era. His iconic character, the Tramp, solidified his status as a cinematic legend, making him a pivotal figure in the history of the film industry. Wikipedia

“It isn’t the ups and downs that make life difficult; it’s the jerks.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The Kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you!” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I have found that great ideas come when you have a great desire to have them.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life is a play that does not allow testing. So, sing, cry, dance, laugh and live intensely, before the curtain closes and the piece ends with no applause.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The building is a special place because of its architecture; But it’s people who make it special by participating in it.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“From such trivia, I believe my soul was born.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The people are applauding you because none of them understands you and applauding me because everybody understands me.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The rights of citizenship will be taken away from all Jews and other non-Aryans. They are inferior and therefore enemies of the state. It is the duty of all true Aryans to hate and despise them.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I do not need drugs to be a genius, do not take a genius to be human, but I need your smile to be happy.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Where words leave off, gesture begins. Don’t we speak of a person being speechless with rage, dancing with impatience, setting his teeth? The final motions of the soul are speechless, animal, grotesque, or of an incomparable beauty.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In this desperate way, I started many a comedy.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“What a sad business is being funny!” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The cinema is little more than a fad. It’s canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In the light of our egos, we are all dethroned monarchs.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Sound has spoiled the most ancient of the world’s arts, the art of pantomime, and has canceled out the great beauty that is silence.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I will not join any club who will take me as a member.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I have no further use for America. I wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I have Many Problems in My Life. But my leaps don’t know that. They always smile.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Ability to think, like the violin or piano, requires daily practice.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I hope we shall abolish war and settle all differences at the conference table I hope we shall abolish all hydrogen and atom bombs before they abolish us first.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“We might as well die as to go on living like this.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Imagination means nothing without doing.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Don’t be afraid of the unknown because, even when they wander into chaos, planets are born stars!” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Why should poetry have to make sense?” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Quebec from the boat looked like the ramparts where Hamlet’s ghost might have walked.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Nothing is more important than the moving image; except for my cup of coffee in the morning.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for LIBERTY! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Hair is vitally personal to children. They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Anyone can make them cry, but it takes a genius to make them laugh.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Your Pain May Give Laugh To Somebody But Your Laugh Shouldn’t Give Pain To Anybody.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life laughs at you when you are unhappy; Life smiles at you when you are happy; But, life salutes you when you make others happy.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I don’t think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the Middle West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There, I think, are the true Americans.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“An den Scheidewegen des Lebens stehen keine Wegweiser.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In the end, everything is a gag.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life is laughter when seen in a long shot, but it is a tragedy when seen in a close-up.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Simplicity of approach is always best.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I don’t want to create a revolution – I just want to create a few more films.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Why not? After all, it belongs to him.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“We think too much and feel too little.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Let us fight to free the world.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“They will always criticize you, speak badly of you, it’ll be hard to meet someone who will like you as you are, so live, do what your hear tells you to do… Life is like a play that does not allow testing. So sing, cry, dance, laugh and live intensely every day of your life, before the curtain closes and the piece ends with no applause.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“My character of the Tramp, the millions of workers symbolized in that one figure.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I like friends as I like music – when I am in the mood.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“As long as men die, liberty will never parish.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Greed has poisoned men’s souls.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I don’t need interesting camera angles, I am interesting.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In the creation of comedy, it is paradoxical that tragedy stimulates the spirit of ridicule; because ridicule, I suppose is an attitude of defiance: we must laugh in the face of our helplessness against the forces of nature – or go insane.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You have the love of humanity in your hearts. In the seventeenth chapter of saint Luke it is written the kingdom of god is in men. Not in one man nor a group of men but in all men. In you.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“There is greatness in everyone.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Through humour, we see in what seems rational, the irrational; in what seems important, the unimportant.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“My technique is the outcome of thinking for myself, of my own logic and approach; it is not borrowed from what others are doing.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Judge a man not by how he treats his equals but by how he treats his inferiors.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Unless I write every day, I don’t feel I deserve my dinner.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Brunettes are troublemakers. They’re worse than the Jews.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I am for people. I can’t help it.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I’m an old sinner. Nothing shocks me.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Like everyone else I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of ancestral promptings and urgings; a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, all of which I am the sum total.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I am known in parts of the world by people who have never heard of Jesus Christ.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“If anybody else says it’s like old times, I’ll jump out the window.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Over the years I have discovered that ideas come through an intense desire for them; continually desiring, the mind becomes a watchtower on the lookout for incidents that may excite the imagination.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Beauty is an omnipresence of death and loveliness, a smiling sadness that we discern in nature and all things, a mystic communion that the poet feels.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I hate the sight of blood, but it’s in my veins.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life salutes you when you make others happy.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“More than machinery, we need humanity.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I’ve arrived at the age where a platonic friendship can be sustained on the highest moral plane.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“That’s the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I’d sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Think about yourself at least once in your life otherwise you may miss the best comedy in this world.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“As for politics, I’m an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“That’s what all we are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You need Power, only when you want to do something harmful otherwise Love is enough to get everything done.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You are only as good as the woman you are standing beside.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“We must laugh in the face of our helplessness against the forces of nature, or go insane.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“If people know how it’s done, all the magic goes.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“If you’re really truthful with yourself, it’s a wonderful guidance.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Man is an animal with primary instincts of survival. Consequently his ingenuity has developed first and his soul afterwards. The progress of science is far ahead of man’s ethical behavior.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“This is a story of a period between two World Wars – an interim in which insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“By simple common sense I don’t believe in God, in none.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Have them all shot. I don’t want any of my workers dissatisfied.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“When we got off the streetcar at Times Square, it was somewhat of a letdown. Newspapers were blowing about the road and pavement, and Broadway looked seedy, like a slovenly woman just out of bed.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure…” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In Philadelphia, I inadvertently came upon an edition of Robert Ingersoll’s Essays and Lectures. This was an exciting discovery; his atheism confirmed my own belief that the horrific cruelty of the Old Testament was degrading to the human spirit.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile through your pain and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Simplicity is not a simple thing.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator, I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Tomorrow, the birds will sing. Be brave. Face life.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I can’t understand Karl Marx, so how can I be a Communist?” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The glamour of it all! New York! America!” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You have to believe in yourself. That’s the secret.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Let us fight for a new world, a decent world!” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I don’t believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“In this book I do not intend to give a blow-by-blow description of a sex bout: I find them inartistic, clinical and unpoetic. The circumstances that lead up to sex I find more interesting.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Nothing quite like it. The feeling of film.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Dictators free themselves by enslaving others. They work not for your benefit, but their own.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

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