Speak - it is our only hope.
The jewish barber
Hope... 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 all 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
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 [now] 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 as cattle, 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, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power
to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to
make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's 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, brutes 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, 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! ...
Look up! Look up! 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 kind
new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.
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, that
glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up."
Final Speech of "The Great
by Charlie Chaplin