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Born on April 16, 1889 in London, England, Charlie Chaplin was a well-known comedian and actor. Being born to a talented mother and father, he had to rely on his natural talents sooner than expected - with the unexpected death of his parents when he was only ten years old. Along with his brother Sydney, they began working for provisions. At twelve years of age, Charlie was cast as "Billy" the page boy in "Sherlock Holmes" and soon became a comedian in the series, Vaudeville. Soon after, he traveled to the United States in 1910 with the Fred Karno Repertoire. By 1913, he was offered a motion picture contract through Mack Sennett and the Keystone Film Company, through which he was paid approximately $150 per week. After becoming an overnight success, however, he was getting calls from several companies. When his first contract ended in 1915, he immediately signed with Essanay Company, earning himself a sizeable raise. Once this contract ended, he moved on to sign with the Mutual Film Corporation in 1916 and created a total of twelve two-reel comedies, all of which quickly rose to popularity. With his mounting success, Chaplin soon decided to become an independent producer and build his own studios. In 1918, he joined with First National Exhibitors' Circuit to exploit the pictures he had been making. Furthermore, in 1919, he helped form the United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith. Despite his mounting success in the United States, his loyalty was questioned during war time, especially after creating his popular film "The Great Dictator", which showed a humorous version of Adolf Hitler. This did nothing to ease the fears of FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, who was concerned that Chaplin had never applied for United States citizenship and might be using his films to broadcast Communist propaganda. Aside from his impressive film career, Chaplin was married four times and fathered eleven children before he died on December 25, 1977.

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

You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down.
Charlie Chaplin

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

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

A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Charlie Chaplin

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

If you're really truthful with yourself, it's a wonderful guidance.
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

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

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

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

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

Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us
into misery and bloodshed.
Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
Charlie Chaplin

You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.
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

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

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

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

In the end, everything is a gag.
Charlie Chaplin

I don't think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the Middle
West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There, I
think, are the true Americans.
Charlie Chaplin

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

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

I have yet to find a poor man who has nostalgia for poverty.
Charlie Chaplin

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

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

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

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

Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.
Charlie Chaplin

Imagination means nothing without doing.
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

A man is what a woman makes him and a woman makes herself.
Charlie Chaplin

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

Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jelly fish.
Charlie Chaplin