Charlie Chaplin Quotes

You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down. A man's true character comes out when he's drunk. Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain. Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile. I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express. Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul. Life can be wonderful if you're not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination ... and a little dough. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it. That's the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves. Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles. What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning. Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. Imagination means nothing without doing. 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. We think too much and feel too little. 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. Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone. In the end, everything is a gag. 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. In the light of our egos, we are all dethroned monarchs. Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'. Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference. The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs. Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves. I suppose that's one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment. A day without laughing is a day wasted. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. In this desperate way, I started many a comedy. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.

Charlie Chaplin

1889 - 1977