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Chaplin's Monologue in 'The Great Dictator'


I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. 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 is 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 airplane and the radio have brought us closer together.

The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. 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.



So . . .God gets all of mankind (and womankind) together, cuz he can do things like that, and asks for a vote on who wants world peace, global harmony, an end to violence and suffering . . . .

Every single person votes a resounding yes except for one little ol bitter dude way in the back . . .

God looks at humanity and says . . . .

"He wins"

Bona na croin!!


"God is an asshole"

..quick, have Faithless make a tune out of that!


yep- should have know you'd miss the point . . . herding cats in the rain with a push lawnmower while wearing a tutu and high heels is easier than discussing thing with you . . but I'm a masochist - so I keep at it . . . herding that is . . . does this tutu make my ass look big?


..you are perceptive, i grant you that, but on the other hand you can also be as vague as a woman...


You know what makes your ass look big.

Don´t make me say it.




That splains it!