29 Remarkable Charles Chaplin Quotes

29 Remarkable Charles Chaplin Quotes

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Charlie Chaplin was a filmmaker and actor from the silent era. He was born in London in 1889 and rose to fame by developing a variety of on screen personas. He is considered one of, if not the most, important figures in film history. He died on Christmas day 1977 at the age of 88.

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

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

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

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

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

“I am for people. I can’t help it.”

“I am not religious in the dogmatic sense … I neither believe nor disbelieve in anything.”

“I don’t want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. … The trouble is you won’t fight. You’ve given up. But there’s something just as inevitable as death. And that’s life. Think
of the power of the universe — turning the Earth, growing the trees. That’s the same power within you — if you’ll only have the courage and the will to use it.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“Wars, conflict, it’s all business. “One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero”. Numbers sanctify.”

“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.”

“We think too much and feel too little.”

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