Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.
In the end, everything is a gag.
I am for people. I can’t help it.
Why should poetry have to make sense?
We think too much and feel too little.
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
The glamour of it all! New York! America!
I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man.
A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.
We might as well die as to go on living like this.
Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing.
Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.
In the light of our egos, we are all dethroned monarchs.
Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’.
I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.
What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.
I’d sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.
This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
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.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves.
To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.
I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment.
I have no further use for America. I wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little dough.
I don’t believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.
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.
Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
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.
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.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY".
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT".
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY".
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE".
As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY".
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF".
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY".
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT".
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART".
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE"!"
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