Charlie Chaplin: 10 quotes on his birthday

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London on April 16, 1889. Chaplin started his entertainment career as a young boy performing in a clog-dancing group. In his teen years, he dabbled in theater and eventually found his way into comedy, becoming a sidesplitting comic who used pantomiming, slapstick, and quirky movements to achieve hearty laughs. During the silent-film era Chaplin became one of the world's leading actors, directors, and composers. His most notable character, “The Tramp,” surfaced in 1914 – the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and funny walk. During the age of the “talkies,” Chaplin produced what many consider his greatest accomplishment, “City Lights,” a film in which the only sound was the musical score. During his lifetime, Chaplin appeared in 82 films and directed 11 features. At the Academy Awards, he received the longest standing ovation in the ceremony’s history while accepting the Honorary Award. 


“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

The best medicine

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”

A joker

“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” 


“Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jelly fish.”

Don't worry

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.”

Saddest thing

“The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.”


“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”


“I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of an ancestral promptings and urgings, a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, of all of which I am the sum total.”


“Look up to the sky. You'll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.”


“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.”