137+ Best Charlie Chaplin Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He 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. Profoundly inspirational Charlie Chaplin quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

Famous Charlie Chaplin Quotes

The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful. All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want. And because life is really too short to be insignificant. – Charlie Chaplin

Life laughs at you when you are unhappy; Life smiles at you when you are happy; But life salutes you when you make other happy. – Charlie Chaplin

One murder makes a villain: millions, a hero. – Charlie Chaplin

I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of ancestral promptings and urgings, a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, all of which I am the sum total. – Charlie Chaplin

Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little dough – Charlie Chaplin

Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone. – Charlie Chaplin

My technique is the outcome of thinking for myself, of my own logic and approach; it is not borrowed from what others are doing. – Charlie Chaplin

Beauty is an omnipresence of death and loveliness, a smiling sadness that we discern in nature and all things, a mystic communion that the poet feels. – Charlie Chaplin

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

Have them all shot. I don’t want any of my workers dissatisfied. – Charlie Chaplin

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it! – Charlie Chaplin

Life is laughter when seen in a long shot, but it is a tragedy when seen in a close-up. – Charlie Chaplin

The kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! – Charlie Chaplin

Moving pictures need sound as much as Beethoven symphonies need lyrics. – Charlie Chaplin

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

I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. – Charlie Chaplin

Think about yourself at least once in your life otherwise you may miss the best comedy in this world. – Charlie Chaplin

By simple common sense I don’t believe in God, in none. – Charlie Chaplin

I’d sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch. – Charlie Chaplin

This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it. – Charlie Chaplin

I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. 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. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. – Charlie Chaplin

I have found that great ideas come when you have a great desire to have them. – Charlie Chaplin

3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime, 9 is the next prime after 8. – Charlie Chaplin

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

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. – Charlie Chaplin

Brunettes are troublemakers. They’re worse than the Jews. – Charlie Chaplin

What a sad business is being funny! – Charlie Chaplin

In the work of the greatest geniuses, humble beginnings will reveal themselves somewhere, but one cannot trace the slightest sign of them in Shakespeare … I am not concerned with who wrote the works of Shakespeare … but I can hardly think it was the Stratford boy. Whoever wrote them had an aristocratic attitude. – Charlie Chaplin

Anyone can make them cry, but it takes a genius to make them laugh. – Charlie Chaplin

In this desperate way, I started many a comedy. – Charlie Chaplin

My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. – Charlie Chaplin

Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! […] You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. – Charlie Chaplin

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

I’m an old sinner. Nothing shocks me. – Charlie Chaplin

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. – Charlie Chaplin

The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. – Charlie Chaplin

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. – Charlie Chaplin

Smile, though your heart is aching Smile, even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by If you smile through your pain and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow, You’ll see the sun come shining through for you. – Charlie Chaplin

I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism – and we’ve had our lesson there. I don’t want to create a revolution – I just want to create a few more films. – Charlie Chaplin

I have Many Problems in My Life. But my leaps don`t know that. They always smile – Charlie Chaplin

Why should poetry have to make sense? – Charlie Chaplin

We must laugh in the face of our helplessness against the forces of nature, or go insane. – Charlie Chaplin

They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you. – Charlie Chaplin

Unless I write every day, I don’t feel I deserve my dinner. – Charlie Chaplin

Friends have asked how I came to engender this American antagonism. My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. Secondly, I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities – a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority of one. – Charlie Chaplin

There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books. – Charlie Chaplin

My lips never know my problem they just always smile – Charlie Chaplin

I like to walk in rain, so that nobody can see my tears. – Charlie Chaplin

My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain. – Charlie Chaplin

That’s the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves. – Charlie Chaplin

Imagination means nothing without doing. – Charlie Chaplin

When we got off the streetcar at Times Square, it was somewhat of a letdown. Newspapers were blowing about the road and pavement, and Broadway looked seedy, like a slovenly woman just out of bed. – Charlie Chaplin

We think too much and feel too little. 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. – Charlie Chaplin

In the end, everything is a gag. – Charlie Chaplin

You’ll never find rainbows, if you’re looking down… – Charlie Chaplin

Your pain may give laugh to somebody, but your laugh shouldn’t give pain to anybody. – Charlie Chaplin

A day without laughter is a day wasted. – Charlie Chaplin

Dictators free themselves by enslaving others. They work not for your benefit, but their own. – Charlie Chaplin

Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. – Charlie Chaplin

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. – Charlie Chaplin

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. – Charlie Chaplin

The cinema is little more than a fad. It’s canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage. – Charlie Chaplin

It isn’t the ups and downs that make life difficult; it’s the jerks. – Charlie Chaplin

That’s what all we are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else. – Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it ‘maturity’. – Charlie Chaplin

I like friends as I like music – when I am in the mood. – Charlie Chaplin

I am known in parts of the world by people who have never heard of Jesus Christ. – Charlie Chaplin

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. – Charlie Chaplin

Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. – Charlie Chaplin

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

Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish… The trouble is you won’t fight. You’ve given in, continually dwelling on sickness and death. But there’s something just as inevitable as death, and that’s life. Life, life, life. Think of all the power that’s in the universe, moving the earth, growing the trees. That’s the same power within you if you only have courage and the will to use it. – Charlie Chaplin

Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending. – Charlie Chaplin

During my incarceration Mother visited me. She had in some way managed to leave the workhouse and was making an effort to establish a home for us. Her presence was like a bouquet of flowers; she looked so fresh and lovely that I felt ashamed of my unkempt appearance and my shaved iodined head.’You must excuse his dirty face,’ said the nurse.Mother laughed, and how well I remember her endearing words as she hugged and kissed me: ‘With all thy dirt I love thee still. – Charlie Chaplin

In the light of our egos, we are all dethroned monarchs. – Charlie Chaplin

Simplicity of approach is always best. – Charlie Chaplin

Life salutes u when u make others happy – Charlie Chaplin

Quebec from the boat looked like the ramparts where Hamlet’s ghost might have walked. – Charlie Chaplin

The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting. – Charlie Chaplin

You are only as good as the woman you are standing beside. – Charlie Chaplin

Why not? After all, it belongs to him. – Charlie Chaplin

I’ve arrived at the age where a platonic friendship can be sustained on the highest moral plane. – Charlie Chaplin

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

You need Power, only when you want to do something harmful otherwise Love is enough to get everything done. – Charlie Chaplin

That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head. – Charlie Chaplin

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage. – Charlie Chaplin

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. – Charlie Chaplin

I don’t want to create a revolution – I just want to create a few more films. – Charlie Chaplin

A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk. – Charlie Chaplin

I will not join any club who will take me as a member. – Charlie Chaplin

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile. – Charlie Chaplin

More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. – Charlie Chaplin

Nothing quite like it. The feeling of film. – Charlie Chaplin

So, when I cease to be, I want to go back…to the sea! Oh, for the life of a sardine! That is the life for me! – Charlie Chaplin

All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman. – Charlie Chaplin

The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. 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. – Charlie Chaplin

The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs. – Charlie Chaplin

Don’t be afraid of the unknown because, even when they wander into chaos, planets are born stars! – Charlie Chaplin

Sound has spoiled the most ancient of the world’s arts, the art of pantomime, and has canceled out the great beauty that is silence. – Charlie Chaplin

Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself. Without it, you go down to defeat. – Charlie Chaplin

Judge a man not by how he treats his equals but by how he treats his inferiors. – Charlie Chaplin

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

In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. – Charlie Chaplin

In Philadelphia, I inadvertently came upon an edition of Robert Ingersoll’s Essays and Lectures. This was an exciting discovery; his atheism confirmed my own belief that the horrific cruelty of the Old Testament was degrading to the human spirit. – Charlie Chaplin

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite! – Charlie Chaplin

As for politics, I’m an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free. – Charlie Chaplin

I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large. – Charlie Chaplin

My character of the Tramp, the millions of workers symbolized in that one figure. – Charlie Chaplin

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. – Charlie Chaplin

There is greatness in everyone. – Charlie Chaplin

I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror – Charlie Chaplin

Man is an animal with primary instincts of survival. Consequently, his ingenuity has developed first and his soul afterwards. The progress of science is far ahead of man’s ethical behavior. – Charlie Chaplin

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure. – Charlie Chaplin

Through humor, we see in what seems rational, the irrational; in what seems important, the unimportant – Charlie Chaplin

I am for people. I can’t help it. – Charlie Chaplin

Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express. – Charlie Chaplin

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. – Charlie Chaplin

Ability to think, like the violin or piano, requires daily practice – Charlie Chaplin

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 – Charlie Chaplin

Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is elephant. – Charlie Chaplin

Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference. – Charlie Chaplin

I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment. – Charlie Chaplin

I hate the sight of blood, but it’s in my veins. – Charlie Chaplin

Nothing in life is permanent, not even one’s troubles. – Charlie Chaplin

I don’t need interesting camera angles, I am interesting. – Charlie Chaplin

I am not religious in the dogmatic sense… I neither believe nor disbelieve in anything. – Charlie Chaplin

Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul. – Charlie Chaplin

You have to believe in yourself. That’s the secret. – Charlie Chaplin

Hair is vitally personal to children. They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality. – Charlie Chaplin

I hope we shall abolish war and settle all differences at the conference table I hope we shall abolish all hydrogen and atom bombs before they abolish us first. – Charlie Chaplin

The heart and the mind, what an enigma. – Charlie Chaplin

To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune. – Charlie Chaplin

I do not wish to lose my temper because very shortly I will lose my head. Nevertheless, upon leaving this spark of earthly existence, I have this to say: I shall see you all very soon … very soon. – Charlie Chaplin

I don’t believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career. – Charlie Chaplin

Nothing is more important than the moving image; except for my cup of coffee in the morning. – Charlie Chaplin

I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man. – Charlie Chaplin

Where words leave off, gesture begins. Don’t we speak of a person being speechless with rage, dancing with impatience, setting his teeth? The final motions of the soul are speechless, animal, grotesque, or of an incomparable beauty. – Charlie Chaplin

Tomorrow, the birds will sing. Be brave. Face life. – Charlie Chaplin

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