Charles Spencer Chaplin, better known as Charles Chaplin, is one of the best-known figures of the 20th century. This will always be remembered as one of the first famous characters in cinema.
As creator of Charlotte, Chaplin stood out for being a comedian who marked an era. For history he leaves us great works such as The great Dictator either Footlightsfilms that cannot be missing from the collection of movie buffs.
Inspirational quotes by Charles Chaplin
Chaplin was always a great defender of freedoms and fought against Nazism from its origins. While he lived, he left great phrases and reflections to remember.. Phrases about life, philosophical phrases, phrases that, even today, will inspire you.
In the following lines you can find a compilation of Charles Chaplin’s best phrases. Enjoy them!
1. Looked up close, life is a tragedy, but seen from afar, it seems like a comedy
A rhyming phrase. Talk about how complicated life can be sometimes..
2. Life has stopped being a joke for me; I do not see grace
Another phrase with humor, but that speaks of sadness.
3. The worst thing about you is that you refuse to fight, you give up, you do nothing but think about illness and death. But there is something as inevitable as death and it is life!
A positive phrase from Charles Chaplin. Seeing things from the dark side is limiting.
4. I believe that faith is a precursor to all our ideas. Without faith, hypotheses, theory, science or mathematics could never have evolved.
A famous quote about faith and the evolution of human thought.
5. Life is a play that does not allow rehearsals; That’s why sing, laugh, dance, cry and live intensely every moment of your life… before the curtain goes down and the play ends without applause.
A comparison between life and theater. The first does not have a written script, nor is it rehearsed.
6. I believe that faith is an extension of the mind. It is the key that denies the impossible. To deny faith is to refute oneself and the spirit that generates all our creative forces. My faith is in the unknown, in everything that does not understand reason
It talks about faith and reason.
7. We are all fans. Life is so short that it doesn’t last long
Life is shortso you have to enjoy it.
8. At the end of the day, everything is a joke
Better to make life a joke than to stay stuck in the negative.
9. As a man grows in years, he wants to live deeply. A feeling of sad dignity invades his soul, and this is fatal for a comedian.
When we feel deeply, we also remain attached to sadness.
10. Out of simple common sense I do not believe in God, in any
A phrase that expresses Chaplin’s opinion on religion
11. Happiness… does it exist? where? When I was a child I complained to my father because he didn’t have toys and he responded by pointing his index finger to his forehead: This is the best toy ever created. It’s all here. Therein lies the secret of our happiness.
Chaplin reveals, in his opinion, the secret of happiness.
12. I am for the people. I can’t help it
Humans are complicated. But we are human.
13. Dictators free themselves but they enslave people
Charles Chaplin criticizing dictators during the Nazi era.
14. My sin was and continues to be, being a nonconformist
Chaplin claims to be a sinner because he did not settle for little.
15. The bad thing about being old is that you have no way to defend yourself
Age takes its toll as Charles Chaplin explains.
16. I am only, I only remain one thing: a clown. That puts me on a higher level than any politician.
Chaplin states that clowns are above politicians.
17. I am not a politician nor do I have political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in freedom. That’s all the politics I have
The best political belief is one that has the freedom of individuals as its principle.
18. Wars, conflicts, everything is business. Numbers sanctify, if you kill a few you are a criminal, if you murder thousands, you are a hero
A phrase that made a lot of sense in the time in which Chaplin lived, since he lived during the time of Nazism.
19. I am at peace with God, my conflict is with man
Human beings can become really bad, explains Charles Chaplin.
20. Look Hannah, look up to the sky! The soul of man has been given wings, and he is flying towards the rainbow and the light of hope.
A phrase that refers to freedom and hope.
21. In light of our egos, we are all dethroned monarchs
A quote from Charles Chaplin that invites us to reflect on the ego.
22. We all want to help each other. Human beings are like that. We want to live with the happiness of others, not for the misery of others
A phrase from Chaplin that talks about altruism and how human beings help each other.
23. Life is not meaning; life is desire
We all want many things in life. Desire is life itself.
24. I have already forgiven almost unforgivable mistakes, I have tried to replace irreplaceable people and forget unforgettable people.
When you can’t forget those who have hurt you.
25. Smile even if your heart hurts. Smile even if you have it broken. Even if there are clouds in the sky you will make it, if you smile despite the fear and pain. Smile and maybe tomorrow you will see the sun shining for you
Even if it’s bad, you have to smile. Don’t let sadness invade you.
26. To truly laugh, you must be able to carry your pain, and play with it!
Controlling pain and emotions is one of the principles to be happy.
27. Laugh and the world will laugh with you; cry and the world, turning its back on you, will let you cry
When you have a positive attitude, the world rolls around you.
28. My pain may be the reason for someone’s laughter, but laughter should not be the reason for someone’s pain.
A phrase by Charles Chaplin with a certain irony that invites you to think.
29. Laughter is a tonic, a relief, a respite that allows the pain to ease
Laughter and pain are incompatible. That’s why you have to laugh often.
30. Never forget to smile, because the day you don’t smile will be a day wasted
If we act sad all day, we will feel sad. You have to smile.
31. When I began to love myself, it seemed to me that anguish and emotional suffering were just warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Nowadays, I know, it’s all about “authenticity.”
Sometimes it is difficult to love yourself, but it is the path to well-being.
32. You have to believe in yourself, that’s the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage and walking the streets looking for food to live on, even then, he considered me the greatest actor in the world. Without absolute self-confidence, one is destined to fail.
Self-confidence is the key to success in every way.
33. Be you, and try to be happy, but above all, be you
Being yourself is the path to happiness. So you have to be yourself.
34. Look up at the sky, you will never find the rainbow if you are always looking down
You always have to keep your head held high.even in bad times.
35. I am what I am: an individual, unique and different
A Chaplin phrase about individual differences.
36. There is nothing permanent in this evil world. Not even our problems
Problems do not remain forever, so you should not dwell on them.
37. Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is elephant
An ironic phrase about the ease of saying things. The authentic thing is to do them.
38. Time is the best author: it always finds a perfect ending
A phrase about patience and waiting. Time heals all.
39. The saddest thing I can imagine is getting used to luxury
Chaplin and his aversion to the opulent life.
40. Don’t wait for your turn to speak; really listen and you will be different
About the importance of listening. Before speaking you have to know how to listen.
41. Learn as if you were going to live your whole life, and live as if you were going to die tomorrow
Life must be lived with intensityBecause you only live once.
42. Working is living and I love living
Working is health, working gives meaning to life. Working is living.
43. Despair is a narcotic: it induces the mind into indifference
Always having a negative mind harms and paralyzes us.
44. Remember, as long as you can bend down and not pick up anything
A philosophical phrase in the style of this famous character in history.
45. The authentic creator disdains technique understood as an end and not as a means
A phrase that talks about people who have a creative mentality.
46. The true meaning of things is found when trying to say the same things with other words
When you understand something, then you can explain it in other words.
47. Imagination means nothing without doing
To give life to the imagination you have to act. Otherwise, it will remain just a thought.
48. Why does poetry have to make sense?
Poetry is an expression of the soul. A deep and personal expression.
49. I always like to walk in the rain, so no one can see me cry.
Walking in the rain, tears go unnoticed.
50. We think too much, we feel too little
You have to feel more and think less, says Charles Chaplin.
51. Life is wonderful if you are not afraid of it
Fear does not allow us to live life with all its intensity.
52. You have to have faith in yourself. Therein lies the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage and walking the streets looking for food to live on, even then, he considered me the greatest actor in the world.
You have to believe in yourself because otherwise we are dead. You have to believe in yourself even if things go against you.
53. Without absolute self-confidence, one is destined to fail.
A phrase similar to the previous one. Self-confidence leads us to success.
54. Without having known misery it is impossible to know luxury
We do not value things if we have not suffered enough in this life.
55. The day man realizes his mistakes, the progress of science will be over.
Human beings usually make mistakes. It’s part of life.
56. Maybe it was you, but it wasn’t the time
A phrase that exemplifies what we can feel when we love someone but the relationship has not worked out.
57. When I started to love myself I freed myself from everything that was not good for my health: people, things, situations and everything that was pushing me down.
Sometimes to be happyyou have to change the habits and things that harm you in this life
58. Einstein told Chaplin: -What I have always admired about you is that your art is universal; everyone understands and admires him. To which Chaplin responded: -His is much more worthy of respect: everyone admires it and practically no one understands it.
A Chaplin phrase about admiration.
59. Fight to live life, to suffer it and to enjoy it…
Life is a constant struggle. But in this fight there is happiness and sadness.
60. If you don’t dream, you will never find what lies beyond your dreams
A philosophical phrase that talks about the importance of setting goals and dreaming.
61. This is a ruthless world and you have to be ruthless to survive in it
Reflection on the individualism that dominates the way of relating.
62. I hate governments, rules and shackles
Chaplin declared himself an anarchist ideologically.
63. In the end, everything is a gag
Charlie Chaplin compares life to a humorous comic strip, taking the epic out of the life story.
64. More than cunning, we need kindness
Lack of ethics produces deep crises
65. You will discover that life is worth it if you smile
Something as simple as smiling can make a difference
66. To really laugh, you must be able to take out the pain and play with it
Distancing ourselves from personal dramas makes us stronger
67. Simplicity is something difficult to achieve
The simple, paradoxically, is a challenge if you want to achieve it.
68. Life greets you when you make others happy
Share happiness has a positive impact on oneself.
69. If I don’t write every day, I feel like I don’t deserve my food.
Charlot talks about his need for self-improvement and productivity.
70. A man’s true character appears when he is drunk
Disinhibition can bring out honesty.
71. Life is a magnificent thing, even for a jellyfish
The advantages of life are expressed even in the simplest forms of life.
72. The essence of a great actor is that he loves himself when acting
Chaplin reflects on the sensations that characterize the actors.
73. I don’t think the public knows what they want.
A reflection on the role of the spectator in the work of actors, directors and scriptwriters.
74. The mirror is my best friend because it never laughs when I cry
Another of Charlie Chaplin’s phrases with tragic lyricism.
75. All I need for humor is a park, a police officer and a beautiful woman
A gag requires a few simple ingredients.
76. I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror
The most basic emotions They can serve to unite everyone.
77. Cinema is a fashion, the public prefers to see actors on stage
A Chaplin phrase that, in retrospect, is comical.
78. I have a lot of problems, but my lips don’t know it because I always smile
A positive attitude can make a difference.
79. That’s what we are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything more
Rehearsing throughout life is not enough to master it.
80. Worry more about your conscience than your reputation; because the first is what you are, and the second is what others think you are
What others think of you is your problem.
81. My only enemy is time
A phrase that reflects the eroding power of time.
82. You can always stoop so you can’t pick anything up.
Effort is not always rewarded
83. I am an individual and I believe in freedom; that’s all the politics in me
The political ideology of this artist focused on basic and universal ideas.
84. Life is a desire, not a meaning
Charlot talks about what, for him, characterized life; the lack of meaning.
85. If people know how to do it, magic appears
A reflection on human potential.
86. Failure is irrelevant. It takes courage to laugh at ourselves.
Laughing at yourself is a sign of intelligence and also helps us overcome all kinds of adversities in life.
87. A man’s natural character comes out when he is drunk.
Chaplin was throughout his life a man of the street and a great connoisseur of the particular idiosyncrasies of the human race.
88. I am not a communist, but I am proud to say that I feel quite pro-communist.
Chaplin’s ideological affiliation was never completely clear and always
89. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be emperor, that is not my job. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone.
This is how Chaplin’s final intervention in “The Great Dictator” begins, one of the most memorable pleas in favor of peace and against the rise of fascism in the history of cinema.
90. I would rather be called a successful swindler than a destitute monarch.
One of his many provocative phrases against hierarchies and political powers.
91. The hatred of men will pass, and the dictators will die, and the power that they took from the people will return to the people. And as long as men die, freedom will never perish.
One of the many protest quotes that cost him constant political persecution in the US.
92. I am like a man who has been possessed by a spirit, the spirit of poverty, the spirit of deprivation.
Chaplin always took into account his humble origins in his native England and throughout his career he was faithful to his ideals.
93. I don’t want the old rugged individualism.
One of the main themes of Chaplin’s films was poverty and misery caused by an unequal and unjust system.
94. The story of this little man is that no matter how depressed he is, no matter how well the jackals manage to tear him apart, he is still a worthy man.
One of Chaplin’s first statements about his most iconic character, the Tramp.
95. We have to help each other, human beings are like that. We want to make others happy, not make them unhappy.
In “The Great Dictator”, Chaplin surprises with a radical plot twist in which the protagonist positions himself decisively against war and in favor of peace, brotherhood and collaboration between human beings.
96. I went into business for the money, and art grew out of it. If people are disappointed by that comment, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.
Chaplin was always honest about his intentions in life; after all, he came from a poor family.
97. Greed has poisoned souls, it has raised barriers of hatred. It has pushed us into misery and massacres.
One of the many phrases that led the Committee on Un-American Activities to politically persecute Chaplin and accuse him of being a communist.
98. Why should poetry have meaning?
As a good artist, Chaplin knew how to appreciate beauty in all the pictorial and literary arts.
99. We have progressed very quickly but we have imprisoned ourselves. The machinery that creates abundance leaves us in need.
Fragment of the final speech of “The Great Dictator” in which Chaplin publicly and fearlessly denounces the great evils that plagued the world in 1940.
100. In this world there is room for everyone, the good land is rich and can feed all beings.
A plea full of optimism for the future, which is committed to peace and fraternity among the peoples of the world.