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Charlie Chaplin was a professional actor, comedian, movie producer, and music composer.

Also, Chaplin grew up in a poor background and experienced a lot of adversity during his boyhood; yet he also became a theatrical actor and a comedian. In addition, he was featured in Hollywood films like The Great Dictator, The Kid, and others.

He believed that man's true character should be centered on love for humanity. Chaplin became one of the world's most recognizable figures during his lifetime, and he continues to be so. He was an intelligent thinker who left an extensive collection of quotes behind. His imagination means a lot to know, and he tries to convey them in his acting. Interestingly, Charlie Chaplin's last words before he died were, "Why not? After all, it belongs to Him."

Charlie Chaplin Quotes On Life

Charlie Chaplin experienced great struggle while growing up till he got his first breakthrough in the film titled 'The Kid'. This has given him a unique philosophy about life, that it takes courage to live and excel in a wicked world.

"Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.”

"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.”

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

"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!”

“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.”

"Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish."

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

"Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination… and a little dough."

"Think about yourself at least once in your life otherwise you may miss the best comedy in this world."

"The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way."

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

"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."

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.”

"You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”

"As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it ‘SELF-CONFIDENCE’.”

"In the end, everything is a gag.”

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

"The deeper the truth in a creative work, the longer it will live.”

Charlie Chaplin Quotes About Happiness

Some of the happiness quotes by Charlie Chaplin were inspired by some of his saddest quotes, like "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles." Since he is a professional comedian, his greatest joy is seeing people live intensely happily.

Here are some Charlie Chaplin quotes about happiness:

"My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain."

"To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.”

"As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it ‘SIMPLICITY'.”

"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.”

"A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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

"Anyone can make them cry, but it takes a genius to make them laugh.”

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

"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 must laugh in the face of our helplessness against the forces of nature – or go insane.”

Charlie Chaplin Quotes About Humanity

One wrong thing Charlie Chaplin observed about humanity is that people do not have empathy or show kindness to one another. In most of his interviews, he addresses these loopholes in humanity.

Here are some Charlie Chaplin quotes about humanity:

"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.”

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

"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.”

"The World cannot be wrong if in this world there’s you.”

"We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know ‘That is life’!"

"Too much kindness and respect are given to the unseen and not enough to humanity. It seems that in our nature we loathe each other and bestow our respect and love on the abstract.”

"One cannot do humour without a great sympathy for one’s fellow man.”

"Worry more about your conscience than your reputation. Because your conscience is what you are, your reputation is what others think of you. And what others think of you is their problem.”

"If you’re really truthful with yourself, it’s a wonderful guidance.”

"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.”

"Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.”

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

" Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security.”

"The people are applauding you because none of them understands you and applauding me because everybody understands me.”

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

" 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’.”

"As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is ‘LOVE OF ONESELF’.”

"As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is ‘MODESTY’.”

"As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it ‘RESPECT.”

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

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

"I am for people. I can’t help it.”

"I hope we shall abolish war and settle all differences at the conference table.”

Charlie Chaplin Quotes On Smiling

Charlie Chaplin has been a fan of listening to and enjoying somebody's laugh; this puts a smile on his face and even inspires him to say words of encouragement that will make someone smile.

Here are some Charlie Chaplin quotes on smiling:

"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."

"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.”

"Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking.”

"You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.”

"I have many problems in my life. But my lips don’t know that. They always smile.”

Miscellaneous Charlie Chaplin Quotes

You can't count your day wasted when you come across other quotes or words from Charlie Chaplin. This is because his words are always refreshing and motivating.

Here are some Charlie Chaplin's miscellaneous quotes:

"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. 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.”

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

"Imagination means nothing without doing.”

"The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury”

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

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

"The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs.”

"I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.”

"We think too much and feel too little.”

"Love is life on a higher plain of existence, working through man to unite the forces of nature into a perfect whole. It is the merging force binding every element in existence into a perfect whole.”

"Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express.”

"Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.”

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

"I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror.”

"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’d sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.”

"You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men!”

"Patriotism is too deep a feeling to depict in the posing for a photograph.”

"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.”

"Although some we rarely see, the thought of them is comforting, like the pleasure of knowing there is a mooring somewhere, if occasionally we want to sail into port.”

"After all, there are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.”

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

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

"Let us strive for the impossible. The great achievements throughout history have been the conquest of what seemed the impossible.”

"I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of an ancestral promptings and urgings, a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, of all of which I am the sum total.”

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