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2014 marks the centenary of the creation of Charlie Chaplin's most iconic character, The Tramp. This character first appeared in the 1914 movie, Kid Auto Races at Venice in which Chaplin played "Little Tramp".
Charlie Chaplin's work has left an indelible mark on the history of world cinema. Through a career that spanned 75 years, Chaplin regaled audiences with his trademark Tramp persona, making light of seemingly debilitating conditions. His celluloid antics entertained generations, and took Chaplin to unprecedented heights of fame.
In celebration of The Tramp's centenary, we've brought together a list of Charlie Chaplin's most famous and inspiring quotes.
In the words of Charlie Chaplin...
"A man's true character comes out when he's drunk."
"You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down."
"I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying."
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles."
"You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile."
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
"My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh.
But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain."
"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!"
"Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express."
"Imagination means nothing without doing."
"Life can be wonderful if you're not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination ... and a little dough."
"That's the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves."
"Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul."
"In the end, everything is a gag."
"Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone."
"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."
"In the light of our egos, we are all dethroned monarchs."
"You need Power,
only when you want
to do something harmful
Love is enough to get everything done."
"The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs."
"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl."
"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."
"I don't think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the Middle West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There, I think, are the true Americans."
"I suppose that's one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment."
"I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror."
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."
"A day without laughing is a day wasted."
"In the creation of comedy, it is paradoxical that tragedy stimulates the spirit of ridicule; because ridicule, I suppose is an attitude of defiance: we must laugh in the face of our helplessness against the forces of nature - or go insane."
"There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books."
"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."
"Patriotism is too deep a feeling to depict in the posing for a photograph."
"Think about yourself at least once in your life otherwise you may miss the best comedy in this world."
Quotes from The Great Dictator
"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 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."
"Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural."
"You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. 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."
"Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people."
"Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!"