Life Lessons from Charlie Chaplin

The Tramp Turns 100


February 7th, 1914, is a day that should be remembered forever.

It was on that day that Charlie Chaplin’s most famous character, The Tramp, made his first appearance, in an 11-minute short film called Kid Auto Races at Venice.

This year, The Tramp turns 100. Through his films, interviews and his own writings, there are many amazing Chaplin quotes. Here are a select few to remember him by, because like his films, much of what he had to say is timeless.

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”
“Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is elephant.”
“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity.”
“I like friends as I like music; when I am in the mood.”
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot.”
“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles.”
“It isn’t the ups and downs that make life difficult; it’s the jerks.”
“I work while I play, with the result that I become myself, a piece of film.”
“It’s easy to judge. It’s not so easy to understand.”
“In the end, everything is a gag.”
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.”
“Life salutes you when you make other people happy.”
“Love is enough to get everything done.”

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