Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, KBE 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. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.
A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted.
Dictators Free Themselves, But They Enslave The People.
Man As An Individual Is A Genius. But Men In The Mass Form The Headless Monster, A Great, Brutish Idiot That Goes Where Prodded.
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 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.
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.
Nothing Is Permanent In This Wicked World - Not Even Our Troubles.
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.
I Suppose That's One Of The Ironies Of Life Doing The Wrong Thing At The Right Moment.
Failure Is Unimportant. It Takes Courage To Make A Fool Of Yourself.
To Help A Friend In Need Is Easy, But To Give Him Your Time Is Not Always Opportune.
I Am At Peace With God. My Conflict Is With Man.
The Glamour Of It All! New York! America!
Despair Is A Narcotic. It Lulls The Mind Into Indifference.
Only The Unloved Hate; The Unloved And The Unnatural.
All I Need To Make A Comedy Is A Park, A Policeman And A Pretty Girl.
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 Remain Just One Thing, And One Thing Only, And That Is A Clown. It Places Me On A Far Higher Plane Than Any Politician.
Movies Are A Fad. Audiences Really Want To See Live Actors On A Stage.
I Have No Further Use For America. I Wouldn't Go Back There If Jesus Christ Was President.
Why Should Poetry Have To Make Sense?
I Am For People. I Can't Help It.
To Truly Laugh, You Must Be Able To Take Your Pain, And Play With It!
We Might As Well Die As To Go On Living Like This.
What Do You Want A Meaning For? Life Is A Desire, Not A Meaning.
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.
In The End, Everything Is A Gag.
The Saddest Thing I Can Imagine Is To Get Used To Luxury.
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.
Words Are Cheap. The Biggest Thing You Can Say Is 'Elephant'.
I Don't Believe That The Public Knows What It Wants; This Is The Conclusion That I Have Drawn From My Career.
Life Could Be Wonderful If People Would Leave You Alone.
Life Is A Tragedy When Seen In Close-up, But A Comedy In Long-shot.
Remember, You Can Always Stoop And Pick Up Nothing.
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.
A Man's True Character Comes Out When He's Drunk.
This Is A Ruthless World And One Must Be Ruthless To Cope With It.
I'd Sooner Be Called A Successful Crook Than A Destitute Monarch.
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.
We Think Too Much And Feel Too Little.
Laughter Is The Tonic, The Relief, The Surcease For Pain.