Charlie Chaplin


Charlie Chaplin Quotes

  • ''We might as well die as to go on living like this.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Mr. Jaeckel (Maurice Moskovich), The Great Dictator, said after as storm troopers are about to attack the Jewish ghetto (1940).
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  • ''The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. My Autobiography, ch. 16 (1964).
  • ''All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. My Autobiography, ch. 10 (1964).
  • ''The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. My Autobiography, ch. 22 (1960).
  • ''I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. Quoted in Cinema: Art and Industry, ch. 10 (1976).
  • ''Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. quoted in obituary, Guardian (London, Dec. 28, 1977).
  • ''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.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. Quoted in Observer (London, June 17, 1960).
  • ''What a sad business, being funny.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Terry (Claire Bloom), Limelight, to Calvero (Charles Chaplin) after he tells her of his downfall in show business (1952).
  • ''Let us fight for a new world, a decent world!''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. The Barber (Charles Chaplin), The Great Dictator, from the Barber's speech after he is mistaken for Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel (1940). This famous closing speech was later used against Chaplin by those (in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.) who felt he was a Communist agitator.
  • ''Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly!''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. The Barber (Charles Chaplin), The Great Dictator, from the Barber's speech after he is mistaken for Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel, appealing to his beloved Hannah (Paulette Goddard) who has fled the country (1940).

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