Charlie Chaplin Inspirational Quotes by Mr Great Inspiration


Charlie Chaplin Inspirational Quotes


On April 16, 1889, Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin was born in London, England.

Charlie Chaplin Inspirational Quotes
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Chaplin, one of the most financially successful stars of early Hollywood, was introduced to the stage when he was five.

The son of London music hall entertainers, young Chaplin was watching a show starring his mother when her voice cracked. He was quickly shuffled onto the stage to finish the act.



Chaplin’s father died when Chaplin was a toddler, and when his mother had a nervous breakdown Chaplin and his older half-brother, Sydney, roamed London, where they danced on the streets and collected pennies in a hat. They eventually went to an orphanage and joined the Eight Lancashire Lads, a children’s dance troupe.

When Chaplin was 17, he developed his comedic skills with the help of Fred Karno’s company, for which his half-brother had already become a popular comedian.

Soon, Chaplin’s bowler hat, out-turned feet, mustache and walking cane became his trademark.

He joined the Keystone company and filmed Making a Living, in which he played a mustachioed villain who wore a monocle.

 It wasn’t long before he also worked on the other side of the camera, helping direct his 12th film and directing his 13th, Caught in the Rain, on his own.

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Chaplin refined what would soon become his legacy, the character Charlie the Tramp, and signed on with the Essanay company in 1915 for $1,250 a week, plus a $10,000 bonus--quite a jump from the $175 that Keystone paid him.

The next year, he signed with Mutual for $10,000 a week, plus a $150,000 bonus under a contract that required him to make 12 films annually but granted him complete creative control over the pictures.

And in 1918, he signed a contract with First National for $1 million for eight films.

A masterful silent film actor and pantomimist who could elicit both laughter and tears from his audiences, Chaplin resisted the arrival of sound in movies.

Indeed, in his first film that featured sound (City Lights in 1931), he only used music. His first true sound film was 1940’s The Great Dictator, in which he mocked fascism.



Chaplin founded United Artists Corporation in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and director D.W. Griffith. Chaplin married twice more, both times to teenage girls.

His fourth wife, Oona O’Neill, who was 18 when she married the 54-year-old actor, was the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill. Though he had lived in the United States for 42 years, Chaplin never became a U.S. citizen.

A vocal pacifist, Chaplin was accused of communist ties, which he denied. Nevertheless, in 1952, immigration officials prevented Chaplin and his wife from re-entering the United States after a foreign tour.

The couple did not return to the United States for 20 years; instead they settled in Switzerland with their eight children. Chaplin returned to America 1972 to accept a special Academy Award for “the incalculable effect he has had on making motion pictures the art for and of this century.”

He was knighted

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin in 1975. He died two years later.

Charlie Chaplin Inspirational Quotes


It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.

The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith?

Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.

An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.

Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.


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