"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
"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."
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles."
"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl."
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
"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."
"A day without laughter is a day wasted."
"We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness - not
by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there's room for everyone
and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls - has barricaded
the world with hate - has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut
ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our
cleverness, hard and unkind. 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."
- The Great Dictator, 1940