Charles Chaplin Shows Us How To Sing, Cry, Laugh, and Live Intensely
miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016 5:00|Alex R. Myrt
One of the greatest comedians of all times once said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." He didn't have to write a book; with just one quote he masterfully explained the true meaning of life.
Life is, indeed, simple, and it is up to us to decide if our days end on a good note or not. By appreciating the little details of this world, we can find happiness. Our strength is defined by our ability to laugh at our mistakes and find the silver linings in any adversity. Without laughter the world would lack inspiration for creation.
The man who delighted us with such words was Charles Chaplin, the comedian whose art was immortalized in movies, stickers, cartoons, etc. He was one of the first to make the world laugh without the need of words. His acrobatics, mimes, and expressive eyes always invited hilarity and introspection.
Charles Chaplin always knew that the creation of new stories needed to be driven by humor. A sad story could be told without losing the audience's laughter. In order to come to this conclusion, Chaplin had to take a step back from his company, United Artist Corporation, to make a journey of introspection and find out who he wanted to be. When he finally had the answers, he returned to transcend in the film industry.
He traveled around the world to understand the social crises of his time. During his trips, his soul grew and so did his artistic vision. His journey changed his perspective, and he could no longer separate his political views from his artistic production. From that moment onwards, his films included social and politic critiques on subjects like poverty and capitalism. Chaplin's films were changing, but so was the world. His fame as a director of silent films and as an actor was put into question when the film industry began to produce sound films.
Chaplin adapted to a certain extent, but maintained his vision at the core of his work. All of his filmography is splendid. A Dog's Life, A Woman of Paris, The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights and Modern Times remain as his most creative and meaningful films, which were also produced during the time he felt the need to be more outspoken about politics.
He was not only a filmmaker and an actor, he also was a writer who did most of his screenplays, including the unforgettable last speech in The Great Dictator. He also wrote an autobiography where he narrated his journey across Europe.
He undoubtedly was a a transcendental character in film history. His passion for life and simplicity, his unparalleled sense of humor, and his honesty constantly encourage us to live life to the fullest, never lose hope, and to keep smiling.
The following Charles Chaplin quotes were chosen to remind us of his brilliancy.
"Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending."
“Life is a play that does not allow testing. So, sing, cry, dance, laugh and live intensely, before the curtain closes and the piece ends with no applause.”
“That's the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves.”
“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”
“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.”
“Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.”
“You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down”
"You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure."
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
“What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning.”
“Life can be wonderful if you're not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination ... and a little dough.”
“You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.”
“My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh.
But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain.”
“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself”
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.”
“In the end, everything is a gag.”
"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl."