Charlie Chaplin Quotes

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.

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

  • 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 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 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.

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

  • The glamour of it all! New York! America!

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

  • Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing.

  • 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.

  • Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

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

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

  • We think too much and feel too little.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 am for people. I can't help it.

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

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

  • A day without laughter is a day wasted.

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

  • In the end, everything is a gag.

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

  • 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.

  • Why should poetry have to make sense?

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.