A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing.
A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.
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.
I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
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.
I suppose that's one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment.
I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large.
I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth.
I'd sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.
In the end, everything is a gag.
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
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.
Brunettes are troublemakers. They're worse than the Jews.
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.
I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head.