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Charlie Chaplin Quotes


Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was a comedic actor and director, usually known by his stage name of Charlie Chaplin.
(1889 - 1977)

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A day without laughter is a day wasted.
 

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

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.
[Actors]
 

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

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

By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none.
 

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

Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.
 

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

Friends have asked how I came to engender this American antagonism. My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. Secondly, I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities - a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority of one.
 

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

I am for people. I can't help it.
 

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. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism - and we've had our lesson there. I don't want to create a revolution - I just want to create a few more films.
 

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

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.
[America]
 


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