Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain."

When Sir Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977] was very young, his mother became mentally ill and was admitted to the Cane Hill Asylum at Coulsdon, a London, England borough of Croydon; his insolvent, feckless, alcoholic, missing, vaudevillian father died at 37, when Charlie was 12.

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles."

"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."

"By simple common sense, I don't believe in God."

His 1964 autobiography, regarded by some as one of the 20th century's greatest, available here.