Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame during the era of silent film. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.

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

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.

I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.

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.

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.

Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.

A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.

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.

I am for people. I can't help it.

In the end everything is a gag.

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.

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire not a meaning.

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.

I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.

I'd sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.

Why should poetry have to make sense?

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.

We think too much and feel too little.

I suppose that's one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment.

Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'.

We might as well die as to go on living like this.

Brunettes are troublemakers. They're worse than the Jews.

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.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy in long-shot.

This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.

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.

To help a friend in need is easy but to give him your time is not always opportune.

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster a great brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Remember you can always stoop and pick up nothing.

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.

To truly laugh you must be able to take your pain and play with it!

Laughter is the tonic the relief the surcease for pain.

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.

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.

The glamour of it all! New York! America!

Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.

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.

I don't believe that the public knows what it wants, this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.