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70+ Famous Charlie Chaplin Quotes About Life, Love And Smiling

Charlie Chaplin was one of the first great Hollywood stars. He began as a silent film star, but in his 1940 film The Great Dictator, he had a speaking part. His famous speech spoke strongly against the fascists and anti-Semitic forces in the world. This made the film controversial.

Charlie Chaplin married Oona O’Neill, daughter of the famous playwright Eugene O’Neill, and they had eight children together. Her family were very much against the match since she was only 18 years old at the time. These Charlie Chaplin quotes are by turns happy and sad, and will inspire your life.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
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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.
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Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
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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
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What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning.
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I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror
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As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”
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To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.
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Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing! Even to a jellyfish!
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Life and death are too resolute, too implacable to be accidental.
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As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”
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To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.
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I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life – doing the wrong thing at the right moment.
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Let us strive for the impossible. The great achievements throughout history have been the conquest of what seemed the impossible.
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You need Power, only when you want to do something harmful otherwise Love is enough to get everything done.
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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.
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Love is life on a higher plain of existence, working through man to unite the forces of nature into a perfect whole. It is the merging force binding every element in existence into a perfect whole.
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Anyone can make them cry, but it takes a genius to make them laugh.
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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
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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.
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The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
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I’d sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.
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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’.
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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!
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Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone
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I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.
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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.
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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
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You are only as good as the woman you are standing beside.
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You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.
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One cannot always approach truth through reason; it confines us to a geometric cast of thought that calls for logic and credibility.
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I have many problems in my life. But my lips don’t know that”. They just keep smiling.
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The accumulating complexities of modern life, the kinetic invasion of the twentieth century finds the individual hemmed in by gigantic institutions that threaten from all sides, politically, scientifically and economically. We are becoming the victims of soul-conditioning, of sanctions and permits.
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Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express.
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Through humour, we see in what seems rational, the irrational; in what seems important, the unimportant
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Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
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Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little dough
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That is all there is in life — beauty. You find that and you have found everything.
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In the end, everything is a gag.
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Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.
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It isn’t the ups and downs that make life difficult; it’s the jerks.
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We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!”
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As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is Love of Oneself.
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Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
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Time heals, and experience teaches that the secret of happiness is in service to others.
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Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
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Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.
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I’ve arrived at the age where a platonic friendship can be sustained on the highest moral plane
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All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.
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The heart and the mind … what an enigma.
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That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.
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I like friends as I like music; when I am in the mood.
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Worry more about your conscience than your reputation. Because your conscience is what you are, your reputation is what others think of you. And what others think of you is their problem.
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People miss happiness by chasing after false values and repressing the feelings that make life valuable and beautiful. When you get up in the morning feeling fine your experience during just those few minutes or hours when you are reacting happily to life is an end in itself.
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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.
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Only the unloved hate.
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Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending.
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Think about yourself at least once in your life otherwise you may miss the best comedy in this world.
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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.
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But there’s something just as inevitable as death. And that’s life. Think of the power of the universe — turning the Earth, growing the trees. That’s the same power within you — if you’ll only have the courage and the will to use it.
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My faith is in the unknown, in all that we do not understand by reason; I believe that what is beyond our comprehension is a simple fact in other dimensions, and that in the realm of the unknown there is an infinite power for good.
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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.
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I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.
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The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs.
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Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
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Like everyone else 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.
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It’s easy to judge. It’s not so easy to understand.
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My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh.But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.
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Imagination means nothing without doing.
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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.
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You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.
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