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Charlie Chaplin Quotes About the Man Known as “The Tramp”

If you’re a fan of old films, you’ll enjoy these Charlie Chaplin quotes. 

Charlie Chaplin was born in the late 1800s in London, England. His dad was an actor and his mother a singer. Chaplin inherited these talents from his parents and put them to use to make money at the age of ten when his father died and his mother became ill. He and his brother were left to figure things out on their own 

Charlie Chaplin created a huge career for himself and is still popular to this day for playing the character the Tramp. His iconic hat and mustache is something that people around the world recognize. 

Don’t forget to also check out these famous movie quotes from your favorite characters.

Charlie Chaplin quotes about his role as The Tramp

1. “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

2. “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

3. “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

Charlie Chaplin quotes about the arts and entertainment industry

4. “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 

5. “Why should poetry have to make sense?”- Charlie Chaplin

6. “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”- Charlie Chaplin

7. “The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.”- Charlie Chaplin

8. “Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.”- Charlie Chaplin

9. “Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves.”- Charlie Chaplin

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10. “I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does not need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.”- Charlie Chaplin

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Inspirational Charlie Chaplin quotes

11. “Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”- Charlie Chaplin
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12. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even out troubles.”- Charlie Chaplin

13. “We think too much and feel too little.”- Charlie Chaplin

14. “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”- Charlie Chaplin

15. “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.”- Charlie Chaplin 

16. “I have many problems in my life. But my lips don’t know that. They always smile.”- Charlie Chaplin

17. “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”- Charlie Chaplin

18. “What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.”- Charlie Chaplin

19. “Imagination means nothing without doing.”- Charlie Chaplin

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

21. “You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men!”- Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin quotes about life

22. “I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.”- Charlie Chaplin

23. “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 

24. “As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is authenticity.”- Charlie Chaplin

25. “That’s the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves.”- Charlie Chaplin 

26. “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”- Charlie Chaplin

27. “Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express.”- Charlie Chaplin 

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

29. “This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.”- Charlie Chaplin

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

31. “Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.”- Charlie Chaplin

32. “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

33. “I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.”- Charlie Chaplin

34. “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

35. “My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.”- Charlie Chaplin

36. “Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.”- Charlie Chaplin 

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37. “The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs.”- Charlie Chaplin

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

39. “Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.”- Charlie Chaplin

40. “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

41. “You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise, love is enough to get everything done.”- Charlie Chaplin 

42. “Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.”- Charlie Chaplin 

43. “Patriotism is too deep a feeling to depict in the posing for a photograph.”- Charlie Chaplin

44. “I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror.”- Charlie Chaplin

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45. “A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.”- Charlie Chaplin

More Charlie Chaplin quotes

46. “Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.” – Charles Chaplin

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

48. “Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing.” – Charlie Chaplin

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

50. “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.” – Charlie Chaplin

51. “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” – Charlie Chaplin

52. “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.” – Charlie Chaplin

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

54. “Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’.” – Charlie Chaplin

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

We can learn a lot from Charlie Chaplin

Just imagine all the changes that Charlie Chaplin saw in the world from being born at the end of the 1880s and living in to the 1970s. He has a lot of quotes that we are able to learn from. He didn’t take himself too seriously and saw the benefit that humor had on people all over. 

He was able to read people and wasn’t afraid to put himself out there in the public eye. And when you think of him having to start his career at the age of ten, you gain a whole new perspective for what he was able to accomplish through his hard work and dedication.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these Charlie Chaplin quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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