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Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictators Speech

In 1940, Charlie Chaplin starred in and wrote the piece about a poor Jewish barber who is accidentally mistaken for a dictator. In his rejection of the position he ends up giving one of the most inspirational speeches ever recorded. Remarkably poignant, and considered one of the best speeches in the history of cinema, it seems as relevant today as ever. What do you think?

"We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, every shade of love and faith. Life can be free and beautiful. Technology designed to connect us has left us lonely. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. But you, the people have the power - the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure."



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