Quintessential comedian and world’s most iconic actor Charlie Spencer Chaplin continues to make the world laugh and feel happy with his spectacular films, acting and his hilarious steps. Today is his 127th birth anniversary and the world pays tribute to the legend by organizing several programmes. He has acted in the silent era of cinema history and garnered worldwide popularity with his screen persona “The Tramp,” which is considered one of the most iconic figures in the history of the movie industry. He was a popular film-maker and even today his movies are screened in big theatres and television sets everywhere, every minute- a feat no other film maker achieved.
Here are some of his most memorable quotes:
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.
To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.
In the end, everything is a gag.
We think too much and feel too little.”
This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.
All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
We might as well die as to go on living like this.
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”
“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.
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.