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    There is no superlative that sums up how moving these words are. If only they were uttered by one of our real world leaders rather than a character from an old film.

    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 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 aeroplane 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.

    Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men.

    You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

    In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written: “the kingdom of God is within man ”. Not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you. You the people have the power, the power to create machines, 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. Then in the name of democracy let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security.

    By the promise of these things, villuns have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

    Soldiers – in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonMac
    **** off and die you bumbling twunt!
    FTFY
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    Charlie Chaplain right?

    Fallen into the age old trap of admiring a sentiment because you admire the celebrity. I guess you'll be quoting Bono next.

    He asks for unity, science and reason, and then has the audacity to quote the bible. Give me a break!

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    I thought it was Sid James in Carry On Cleo

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    The one in independence day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robinho View Post
    The one in independence day.
    Prefer Mars Attacks. 'Why can't we all just get along?'
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    Quote Originally Posted by doomage View Post
    Charlie Chaplain right?

    Fallen into the age old trap of admiring a sentiment because you admire the celebrity. I guess you'll be quoting Bono next.

    He asks for unity, science and reason, and then has the audacity to quote the bible. Give me a break!

    When can we have a sockie with some depth?

    Also, what SimonMac said.
    Wrong on 2 counts.

    Firstly I heard the excerpt without prior knowledge of it being a speech by Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator.

    Secondly, regarding the Bible quotation, even the great sceptic himself, one R Dawkins, recognizes the intrinsic value of the Bible as a great work of literature and that particular quote in Chaplin's speech underpins his previous assertions rather than undermines them.

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    The best thing the bible has ever done is spawn some fantastic Amzon reviews
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm Buggeridge View Post

    Firstly I heard the excerpt without prior knowledge of it being a speech by Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator.
    You sir, are either a liar or a fool.

    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm Buggeridge View Post
    Secondly, regarding the Bible quotation, even the great realist himself, one R Dawkins, recognizes the intrinsic value of the Bible as a great work of literature and that particular quote in Chaplin's speech underpins his previous assertions rather than undermines them.
    FTFY, and actually this is one of his quotes about the bible:

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Dawkins
    “To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and 'improved' by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries”
    But I guess we won't go far here if your arguments consist of just making things up, in which case, I salute you sir.
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