50 Charlie Chaplin Quotes & The Great Dictator Speech

Charlie Chaplin was a famous French born actor, film director, author, musician, and composer. He lived from 1889 – 1977. The French composer Claude Debussy wrote the opera “Suite Bruitée” to Chaplin’s music.

Chaplin’s father was absent during his childhood, and his mother was put in a mental hospital, so his childhood was very tough.

The Great Dictator is a satirical comedy about the rise of the Nazi party. Charlie Chaplin’s character is a Jewish barber, and when the Nazis start gaining power, he starts speaking against them.

Charlie Chaplin’s quotes are so wonderful, and the world has been inspired by his words for decades. The list below contains more than 50 quotes and the entire list of Charlie Chaplin quotes can be read below.

50 Charlie Chaplin Quotes

1. I’m not sure the public knows what they want.
2. I’ve drawn the conclusion that the public doesn’t know what they want.
3. I don’t believe it’s the public that knows what they want.

The third choice is the original, and the first two the paraphrase.

If the original is a sentence with a preposition, then the paraphrase is a sentence with a prepositional phrase.

Laughter is a great way to take away the pain from a bad situation.

Humor is a way of avoiding confrontation and getting rid of uncomfortable feelings. Often humor is the way we cope with painful situations.

Charlie Chaplin is an iconic film star.
Chaplin was an iconic film star who was famous for his comedy skills.
He was an iconic film star who was famous for his ability to act.

In an age where we’re more likely to become depressed, and not be able to smile, this quote is especially true. If I were to be in the same situation as Charlie Chaplin, I would never be able to smile again, as I would be too preoccupied with my sadness. However, if I were to not take my problems so seriously, I would be able to smile, and make my problems seem small.

Perfect love is the frustration that we are capable of feeling for so many people and things. It is the fulfillment of our highest ideals.

To laugh is the best medicine and it’s certainly the first step to feeling better!

There are many ways to use a smile to create a positive experience for others, even if you’re not in the giving mood.

I’d like to thank The Great Charlie, who taught me a lot back in the day when I was a kid.

There are lots of things that we can say but it’s really not worth saying.

The reason, probably, is that the water always has a tendency to cover the face. So, the face doesn’t need an additional covering.

11th of 50 Charlie Chaplin Quotes

Life is a tragedy when we’re in the thick of it, but a comedy in long-shot.

We spend so much time on things, we forget about our true goals, goals that will actually change our life.

Men will die who have stolen from their fellow men, those who rule have lost the support of the people and must die. The time of oppression is at an end. And so long as men die, liberty shall never perish.

Charlie Chaplin said in the end, everything we do is a gag. Gags are funny, but in this world, there are not so many funny people. We all know that the things that we see are not the real world, but we are in it, and that the world does not stop just because we laugh a little. The world needs more laughter. We all need the smile on our faces, and in this world, there is no one who wants to steal a smile.

In order to be a good leader, we must first know the right thing to do and then do it.

There are many types of people in the world. Some are happy and others are unhappy. There are people who are not sure what to do with their thoughts, but then there are people like me who enjoy thinking. You can tell how much a person thinks because he/she knows how to express themselves through the language that they use.

Chaplin’s business was growing, and he wanted to get a better deal with the unions who were doing his films. His way was to make a film in the U.S. and then go back to his business partners and cut them a better deal. But after the death of his second wife, he felt the pressures of the business to come back to London, and he took on a more personal role in the films, making them with his friends rather than doing them for money. Chaplin’s friends have said that he never enjoyed the money at all.

Imagination is an awesome skill to have. But, doing something about it is an even better skill to have.

Despair is an opiate, the most powerful in the world: it lulls the mind into indifference, numbs the senses, dulls the will, and takes away the faculty of reasoning.

20th of 50 Charlie Chaplin Quotes

Life is wonderful when you are not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination, and a little dough.

This quote is taken from a letter Chaplin wrote to a friend in April 1930.

Failure is unimportant. Having to face all of it, and doing it anyway, takes courage.

In the same way, I don’t like your negative views of the church, but I love your passion for Jesus. Jesus is the only mirror to which we must look in order to see ourselves as we really are.

Being for people rather than against them is a great advantage.

We all will face problems in our life; but life is full of opportunities that will present us with new problems.

Actors are a necessity, if movies are to succeed in the future. We’ve already seen that live-streaming and virtual reality are the future of film. With film losing out to the new technology, I think it’s only a matter of time before audiences turn their backs on theatre going.

I am very passionate about what I do. I am an artist. I am also very passionate about the craft. I would love to create something that is beautiful, but even more, I would love to create something that is beautiful on it’s own.

Charlie Chaplin said that being patriotic was too deep a feeling to portray in a photo.

When you understand that people who make movies like Charlie Chaplin don’t start making them with no idea of how things work, you begin to appreciate the kind of person he is and the art that he’s made.

Charlie Chaplin was a great comedian and all his pictures are built around being in trouble and so being desperate to appear normal and serious.

31st of 50 Charlie Chaplin Quotes

If you’re helping your friend because you feel like it, you’re more likely to get back what you gave. But if you’re helping because they’re friends, you’re more likely to get back a lot more than you gave.

32. “The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.” And the most amazing thing that I can imagine is to never get used to luxury. A man could live like a king for as long as he wants. In fact, it’s a good idea to live like a king as long as you like.

I’m not an alcoholic so I don’t know if I’d say this about myself but when I am drinking alcohol my true character comes out.

I cannot be without the feeling of my smile. I do not need drugs to be a genius; I do not need a genius to be human; but I need your smile in order to be happy.

Life would be more wonderful if people could leave me alone.

The life is a great play that is uninterested in testing. So, the best life is to sing, cry, laugh, and dance. When the curtain comes down, you should not be standing. You should be in the middle of the play.

The French have had it with us. We’re dethroned monarchs.

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

Charlie understood that the sun was hidden by the clouds, not that it needed an actual rainbow to be visible. We can find a rainbow if we look up.

People were born from people, not machines. People can talk, they can think, they can learn, they can love, they can hate, they can live.

It is more likely that the man who said what he said is no longer with us, than that he is a clown. However, in the early 1900s, Charlie Chaplin was a comedian of a far different kind than today’s politicians. He was the first serious comedian and one of the most innovative and influential figures in cinema to date.

The way men relate to each other is like they are the headless monster. They don’t think for themselves they just follow the leader.

When you are called a successful crook, it is not because you are a crook, but because you have become very good at it. So while he was indeed a crook, he was a successful one.

I have to agree with this idea. I’m always willing to help others – whether it is out of a sense of responsibility or out of altruism.

45th of 50 Charlie Chaplin Quotes

One of the things that makes me feel more confident is the fact that I am more likely to laugh than to cry, and it tends to be the laughter that turns you on to something that makes you feel more confident. This is the power of laughter.

He said he didn’t know the character in the early days. However, when he saw the clothes and make up, he felt the person he was and was able to fully realize what the character was.

[The following is extracted from a transcript of the original broadcast] [Transcript]: There’s a certain number of things that you can learn through film and through your own personal experience that you can’t learn through reading.

The best form of government is that in which the least amount of laws is needed.

Many people hate the unloved. They hate the people who they think aren’t nice. They also hate the unloving people. They hate the people who are unnatural.

If you think about yourself and your life at least once in your life, you may miss the best comedy in this world.

No one is exempt from the brutality of the world. Some simply cope with it better than others.

Bonus: Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator Speech

He said that he doesn’t want to be an emperor who will be worshipped by millions, who will be associated with the only real values of humanity – the pursuit of happiness and the freedom from misery. He said that he wanted to be a humble citizen with a high regard for justice, who will bring some much-needed stability to the United States.

The world is going to hell in a hand basket because we people have lost the moral compass and have lost the good way to live together. One man’s way has killed us all.

In the past, men tried to help each other but the problem was people weren’t really thinking about each other. People would take advantage of others all the time. Greed has poisoned men’s souls.

The first and essential requirement for the survival of life is the ability to know what is true and what is false. The second and vital ingredient for the survival of life is to know what you like and what you don’t like, what you hate and what you love.

The Aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. These inventions cry out for the goodness in men–cries out for universal brotherhood- for the unity of us all.

My voice is reaching millions of people across the world, as more and more people come into contact with the reality of the horrors of the system that allows people to torture and imprison innocent people.

We live in a world where the power of a small group of people rules the world. We live in a society where money is a substitute for the value of a live human being. We live in a world where the rich and powerful can act with impunity due to their power and wealth.

You are not cattle – You are men – and not the base animals that the machine politicians of the ruling class have made you to be; you have the minds, the hearts and the wills of men and not the soulless mechanism of a machine. You are the elite of this world and the rulers of the future.

People are not cattle! People are the same! They have the same basic needs! They deserve the same rights! They deserve respect! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

The Kingdom of God is in us. It is here and it is everywhere. It is in every one who is willing to be the best person he can be.

You, the people, have the power to create machines to do your work. You don’t have to be enslaved to mechanical arms. You don’t have to die in bed from starvation and illness. Machines will provide you with the healthy, your food. They will protect you in times of danger.

I am now going to say a few words about a group of men – men who are the most downtrodden among us, with no work and no future. I would like to say a few words about the situation of those who have nothing.

Through the promise of peace and freedom, the powers of the world have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!

The problem of tyranny is not a problem of the individual politician, but political and economic domination.

We must unite the people of the world to fight for peace, freedom, justice, and the dignity of all humanity.

We all must unite in order to make this world a better place for everyone. Democracy shall never be trampled upon.

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