Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!
A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.
We think too much and feel too little.
The glamour of it all! New York! America!
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 have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.
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 might as well die as to go on living like this.
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.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
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.