Quotes by Charlie Chaplin

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 December 25, 1977) was a British born, actor, the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. His principal character was "The Tramp": a vagrant with the refined manners and dignity of a gentleman who wears a tight coat, oversized pants and shoes, a derby or bowler hat, a bamboo cane, and his signature toothbrush moustache. Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era; he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. more

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

I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
In the end, everything is a gag.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.
Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
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 remain just one thing, and one thing only -- and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.

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