Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy. Chaplin's childhood in London was one of poverty and hardship. As his father was absent and his mother struggled financially, he was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. When he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum. Chaplin began performing at an early age, touring music halls and later working as a stage actor and comedian. At 19 he was signed to the prestigious Fred Karno comp... More
Charlie Chaplin Quotes
Charlie Chaplin #Alone #Life
Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
Charlie Chaplin #Art #Business #Money #Truth
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.
Charlie Chaplin #Great #Men
Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
Charlie Chaplin #Courage #Failure
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
Charlie Chaplin #God #Peace
I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.
Charlie Chaplin #Imagination
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
Charlie Chaplin #Movies
Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
Charlie Chaplin #Poetry
Why should poetry have to make sense?
Charlie Chaplin #Romantic
A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Charlie Chaplin #Happiness
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.
Charlie Chaplin #Time
To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.
Charlie Chaplin #Life
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
Charlie Chaplin #Men #Power
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.
Charlie Chaplin #Time
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.
Charlie Chaplin #Beauty #Patience
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.