Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Dictator


For Christmas, our family reunion is generally the occasion to sing Christmas carols and read texts that are inspiring us. This year I intended to read one of the most inspirational texts of all time:

Charlie Chaplin’s final one in The Dictator. Despite being over seventy years old, there is a lot of things we should use now. Fighting greed, fighting ignorance, fighting hate are prerequisite.

Embracing love and helping each others could sure do wonders today. Keeping faith in such dark times is also much needed.

Sure, we are not – at least for the time being – in a global war. But the situation is nothing less but critical.

Here is  the speech on video on Youtube :

And since it doesn’t show the part about Hannah, here is a link to the full text. (Version française ici )

As I know too a young Hannah – don’t we all know somebody who is in despair ? – I would like to give you the text of this most brilliant part :

Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality.

Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.

Via American Rhethoric.

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