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The Inspirational Voices of Jim Carrey and Charlie Chaplin

Updated on May 7, 2017
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  

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Introduction; My Inspiration For Writing About These Two Comedians

In today’s world we tend to try to over compensate for what we think we lack. But, do we lack anything? That is the big question. We all have dreams, and they’re not like anyone else’s. That’s what makes us unique as individuals. Nevertheless, it seems the ways of the world have derailed our own values of who we are. We don’t think we can simply be ME. Me as in; I’m Missy, and when I was young, I wanted to talk. Simple as that, my main dream was to want to speak out and show everyone I had a voice, but I was shy, and with that came people’s perceptions of what I would be able to achieve in life. They labeled me. Everywhere I went, people, including my parents, would make a whole big deal of how I wouldn’t say a word, and a lot of times, they would pressure me so much to talk, that it made me crawl back in my shell just a little farther. I think of those times, and I think; what would have happened if I was only looked at as quiet Missy, never pressured to come out of my shell before I was ready to shine? Would I have grabbed a better life, made fewer mistakes, and felt more confident? Would it have taken this long to love myself? I mean, inside of me, that was my dream to talk and show the world that I was normal and funny, and smart just like everyone else seemed to be. However, that is the key word isn’t it; Seemed?

Two speeches that I listen to often for inspiration, come from a comedian back in the forgotten era, and the reigning comedian of all comedians today. I’m talking about Charlie Chaplin and Jim Carrey. However, in the aspect of life, let’s take a closer look at them as not just great comedians, but as people; people with insights into their own reason for being here. They are personas that had their personal demons to overcome and egos to bury in order to find the true meaning of what they were here to do. And it’s not being the greatest entertainers of all time; it is, in fact, finding your niche in this world that makes you happy, and if god wills, to make others happy too. It’s about simply being yourself! Taking control and feeding your own soul happiness no matter what others may think is wrong in you doing that. What I believe Jim and Charlie both learned through life, is that it doesn’t have to be about being the King of Comedy. It doesn’t have to be about being the King or Queen of anything, for that matter. Life is not about that.


The Interview I Mentioned In This Excerpt

Unfortunately, most of us get caught up in the delusion of what life is supposed to be. I watched an interview with Jim Carrey, where he was asked if he was a certain religion. He was asked; are you a Buddhist? His answer was quite brilliant. He responded; "I’m Buddhist. I'm Muslim. I'm a Christian. I'm whatever you want me to be. It all comes down to the same thing; you are either in a loving place, or you’re in an unloving place." And this was Jim, to me, out-casting himself from other peoples rules to pick one way to be. It was his stand to finally feel free of common rules of what we are told life should be, and following what his soul was telling him. For me, his soul was saying; be you, be one, there is no limits.

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More Words of Wisdom From Jim Carrey

The Inspirational and Comical Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey, there is so much I could say here about this man. I have researched him and watched interview after interview, and I am in awe of his inspiration. It’s the type of inspirational outlook I try to have myself these days.

I remember Jim, as you probably do, starting off on the Television comedy hit “In Living Color.” I remember he was the one I wanted to watch. Boy, he knew how to make us laugh! However, today as I have watched Jim in many movies and interviews, I somehow now notice the turmoil he had to go through as a person in order to get into the frame of mind he is in at present. Not that he doesn’t love his comedic side, I believe he does, I just believe he can love it more now than he did when he started. His vision of his craft has changed to not only doing it to make others laugh in the midst of forgetting pain, as how he did for his mother, and also to move up in the world to fit into a certain popular genre group in Hollywood. It has now become fun to entertain. I believe it brings to him a better purpose of living now, and although we all still have struggles to overcome, including Jim Carrey, I believe he does this with a better understanding of why he is who he is.

The Inspirational Speech of Jim Carrey That Is Worth Your Time To Watch

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If You Listen Closely You Will Understand How Inspirational Charlie Was

The Inspirational and Comical Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin, a comedy genius who started his career around the 1920s in silent films, was an inspiration to his generation, and to those who have taken the time to go back and learn about him, he is an inspiration to some of us today. I know very little about Charlie’s life except for watching him in a few silent films, and for his role in the movie “The Great Dictatorship” in which Charlie Chaplin himself, wrote, directed, and produced. It was his first voice over film and one to remember. It is indeed the speech Charlie makes that has stood out to most of us today. This is the epic speech I will be posting here. I believe it is not only part of that movie, but it is values that Charlie had himself, his vision of how life should be.

When I was a kid and when there were cartoons on Saturday mornings and old movies on Sunday; I remember watching the old Laurel and Hardy skits; the Betty Boop cartoon was, and still is, one of my favorite cartoons of all time, and, of course, I loved the silent film reels they played of Charlie Chaplin.

As I have mentioned before, I grew up being an observant. It’s funny how I only related this part of me to being shy, but now I realize what a profound gift it is to be observing. It’s helped me see things in such a better perspective. This is what I noticed about Charlie in his silent films. His eyes told the story, his movement made the show. I think he was similar to Jim Carrey this way, as it is told that Charlie also had an up and down roller coaster of emotions in life; trying to fit in and not really wanting to.

The Inspirational Speech From Charlie Chaplin That Will Take You To A Better Level of "The Meaning of Life"

A Few Final Thoughts

The attempt to find our own identity, to some is a tremendous heavy burden at times. It seems to fall on the more creative people of society. I don’t know why, but it does. Is that a gift or a falter for us? I think all of us that can relate to this, will say we faltered a lot in life trying to be something or somebody we were not. However, it is a genuine joy in our later lives when we realize the true gift it is to be extremely observant, incredibly loving, and forgiving to all others. I mean, this is what we are. And for us, this is who we should be. Some may not agree, but that is alright, when we reach a certain point of understanding this in our lives, we don’t need approval. We are free!

Please enjoy and listen carefully to the videos of both Charlie Chaplin and Jim Carrey that I have posted here. I believe you will see what my inspiration for this hub is. I will be interested in knowing if you get my point to this article in the poll I post. I love to see your answers there, and if you choose, read your responses in comments, so please do. Have a Great Day! ~Missy

PS – I’ve decided to leave poetry out of this hub. Although I believe I could come up with a relating poem, I really just wanted to write about these two comedians and how they inspire.

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Did you like the inspiration behind my hub,and do you feel these two comedians had similarity when it came to the meaning of life?

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The video below is a highly vocal and opinionated video. I warn if you are sensitive to a very in your face opinion about the world and how we lack here, then don't watch. **WARNING**

An Extra Video That I Thought Was Worth Posting Along With Jim and Charlie's Videos, But Do Not Watch If You Are Sensitive To The Word That Starts With "F"

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love Carrey's response to the religion question.,,,,,I am. Don't get me started on religion. I think my opinion on that topic is mentioned a time or two in most of my novels.

      Interesting as always, Missy!

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      I think basically the way I like to approach religion is similar to Carrey. I don't want to be labeled under a certain type, even though I was brought up Christian, and was saved and baptized in a Baptist church. I have never really felt that my life needs to be limited to Baptist beliefs. He apparently was raised Catholic as he mentioned the rosary, but didn't feel religion in the way to go by a set of religious rules. It doesn't mean we don't believe in the powers that be "God," it just means we choose to be a unit of one with all others. To me, every type of religion is in a similar realm. The characters are the same, for the most part, so we all should learn and trust each other. No separation.

      Thank you, Bill :)

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      Kathleen Kerswig 15 months ago

      I loved reading this Hub. I also resonated with Jim Carrey's response to the question about religion. It all comes down to spreading love to everyone, not just certain people. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      I love your hub, Missy! Wow, so interesting. I can so relate to being that shy child wishing everyone knew what was going on in my mind. I really did not get out of my shell until I was 30 years old! People who know me know can’t believe I was ever shy LOL. HP is a great medium to allow oneself to just be who you are …as you say, ME.

      I understand when you wrote “seemed” as I now realize everyone has stuff in this life, and when I was growing up I truly believed our family was the only family in the world who had difficulties.

      I do love both Carrey and Chaplin. Can you imagine all the great people and entertainers who listened to the naysayers and never were who they are this day …

      I am a Christian, but I don’t belong to any particular denomination, but I did once, but so glad to realize the “church” is not the building labeled with a particular denomination but it is us!

      This world would be such a boring place if we were all alike!

      Peace and blessings

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      "I’m Buddhist. I'm Muslim. I'm a Christian. I'm whatever you want me to be. It all comes down to the same thing; you are either in a loving place, or you’re in an unloving place. "..what a perfect response to that question.

      You have dedicated this hub to two of my all-time favourite comedians and entertainers. "The Greatest Speach Ever Told" by Charles Chaplin is just that. I have included it on another hub of mine as well. Jim Carey also proves what an intelligent man he is. One of his movies that had a big effect on me was "The Truman Show." I have always been a fan of comedy..and the silent movie and early comedians were the great..Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers, Three Stooges even. Great hub Missy.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      So nice of you to comment here, Kathleen, and thank you for the very gracious sentiments. I didn't know if anyone really got why I put these two comedians on the same page. It was all about inspiration for me. It was about being an individual and being inspired in that process. I believe both these comedians got that, and both speeches were and still are ones to pull up and watch when you start to doubt yourself and how others try to make you doubt. Thanks again.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Hey Faith, I do mention my shyness in a lot of my hubs, but the reason is; I want others who may be locked in a shell, and feel they have no voice, to see that it's a process a lot of us go through. With shy people we are made to feel that we have no minds of our own. Then, one day, if we are lucky, like you and I, we break free from it, and we start sharing, and we can't be quiet. It's a wonderful feeling. I understand why you talk a lot now and express things so vividly. I love that. I'm the same. We just found our voice, and now we are here to show our intelligence.

      As far as religion, I just want to bring a light to how some get sucked up in rules, religion is a big one. However, don't get me wrong, I love God. I believe in him. I just choose not to shut doors on others' beliefs. I think it all comes full circle if we allow it to.

      My parents will never get me, because they are truly set in their rules of religion. They don't understand why I see things the way I do. I actually like to go to church and listen to the stories of the bible once in awhile. However, I don't like the repetitive rules of it. You go in and listen to the preacher speak about a part of the bible, and if that preacher inspires you, I like that part. Then halfway through it comes to the part of fellowship; meet and greet. Then the plate gets passed around a few times. Then if you so choose to go to the front to save your soul that is suggested. And I have done that, but I didn't do it for what my parents always taught me to do it for. They would say things like; you will go to heaven if you do, and you won't if you don't. Well, they didn't say it that bluntly, but that's how they taught us. It was a rule to me then. I didn't get saved until I was 34, because I didn't feel like I was going to hell just because I didn't go to the front of the church. When I went to the front, it came from my inspiration, it came from an inner voice of God telling me it was time. I did not go by the rules. Anyway, this is how I view things as far as religion. I don't go by church rules; I go by God's message to me personally. I hope that makes sense.

      I always enjoy your comments, Faith. They give me something to collaborate on and have a conversation about. I love that!

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Yes, Jodah, that was a brilliant response by Jim Carrey, and the reason I highlighted it. I put these comedians both here, because they have inspired me in different and in similar ways with their message of how they view life. Charlie Chaplin's speech, I believe, is a favorite of many. It's just that inspiring.

      The idea for this hub came to me yesterday morning when I ran across Jim Carrey's speech, and it got me thinking about individualism and the way the world tries to make us play by rules. Of course, rules are necessary in some things, but not when it comes to our dreams or how we perceive religion. Those are our rights as humans to make our choices there. Anyway, I could not post Jim Carrey's speech and views, without posting Charlie Chaplin's. And then I thought; they really are similar in thought I believe. They both definitely have great messages about the meaning of life. So, this hub was born in a matter of a day.

      I thank you for reading my hubs, and glad you are always able to see my views on things. Thanks John!

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      Dana Tate 15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Beautiful and very well-written Missy. I can see you've done your homework on these two. I'm not too familiar with Chaplain, although, I certainly know who he is. Now, Jim Carrey, I have watched since his breakout (that I know of) In living color and watched him evolve to the big screen. He is truly one of my favorite comedians. (My favorite is Lucille Ball, I still crack up even though I saw those- I love lucy- episodes a million times) We are taught that we look strange when we go against the grain of life. Many of us sacrifice our own happiness trying to be who everyone else thinks we should be. We waste a lot of time when we don't embrace the fact that we are unique individuals who possess our own unique gifts. What I love about entertainers is that they recognize who they are and pursue their dreams passionately. Imagine, If they listened to all the naysayers who tried to put them in a box they wouldn't have become the icons they are today. Yes, I admire their courage to go against the norm, and be true to themselves.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Great comment, Dana. I too used to watch "I Love Lucy" she was so funny! These two comedians I mentioned, also went against the norm for sure. Jim Carrey kind of reminds me of a male version of Lucille Ball. lol. I'm not an entertainer, but I try to take notes from some inspirational characters, and do my own thing too, no matter what; I want to be myself. :)

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      What a beautiful Hub! I've spent more time on this Hub than any other, in my six years here on Hub Pages. Your writing is wonderful, uplifting ...the videos, especially Jim Carrey's to the Graduates, is a most charming, fun-filled yet inspirational one.

      Chaplin is know and recognised by many as simply a genius, and yes, he gives elevating performances. I prefer Carrey's speech, as he comes over more loving, warm, sincere ...with subtle inferences and suggestions to us to love ourselves; believe in ourselves ..have Faith...

      He sees us as a unique and special diamond. Like me, he simply throws the ideas out, recognising and accepting, indeed even encouraging us to utilise in a way we deem best for our own progress.

      This Hub is a super excellent read and stands by itself without needing any poetry to complement it. The last video takes a different slant but is basically honest, entertaining some of the ideas of the others. Well done, Missy.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      Good hub Missy, I found it very entertaining this morning ..I am a big Chaplin fan not much of a Carey fan.. but nonetheless I found it fascinating

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      I'm just elated to see your reaction to this hub, Manatita. Your comment is everything I wanted people to see and feel when I wrote this piece. Thank you for taking the time to watch the videos and for truly feeling the inspiration.

      I agree. It did not need a poem attached to it; the two comedians took care of the poetry part of it. It was actually Jim's speech that I had come across that inspired this hub. Even so, I then thought of the brilliant Charlie Chaplin's epic speech as well; two great comedians/actors, with two of the most inspirational messages I've ever heard. Poetry!

      What a compliment that my hub caught your attention the longest of all the ones you have read thus far. Again, I'm sure the inspiring speeches kept you enthralled that long, as my words were merely an introduction. Nonetheless, I will be happy to take a little of the credit. lol. Many blessings, Manatita, and thank you so much!

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Thank you my friend, Frank. :) As long as you relate to one of these wonderful and inspiring comedians, then my hub was a success. Blessings to you. Have a wonderful day!

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      Surabhi Kaura 15 months ago

      Missy, this was an excellent hub. I read it at night too. Charlie is one of my favourite comedians and you have written this hub with so much depth of understanding. It is profound in wisdom! You rock girl! I love his speech too - leaves my jaw open with 'wow' whenever I hear his speech.

      Finally, I find you a great writer on HubPages. I mean, the ability to articulate in an eloquent way is a great talent. Your writings are polished with extensive research and knowledge. Carry on...

      Oh, I once read an adage by Charlie that read, "I like to walk in rain so that no one can see my tears." So touching!

      P.S. Have you thought of publishing inspirational self-help books? I think you'll be awesome! My best wishes are always with you, buddy!

      I will catch up with your other hubs soon once I am back from shopping. Actually I am going to visit India for a month with family on March 2nd. So yeah... have been running here and there. Lol! Cheers.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Oh, that sounds marvelous, Surabhi. I hope you enjoy your trip. I had a few online friends from Mumbai, and one from Chennai. Like I have told Venkat, I have lost touch with them. Actually, my friend from Chennai, says Hi once in a while. However, he's busy being an entrepreneur, and also has a lovely wife and sweet little boy; he is so darling.

      Inspirational self-help books? Now that is an idea worth thinking about. I never really thought I made an impact like that, but if I do, that would be an awesome thing to pursue. Thanks for the suggestion.

      That is a lovely adage from Charlie Chaplin, isn't it? It's beautiful and sad all at the same time.

      Take your time catching up Surabhi, I know you are a very busy young lady, and I'm glad you put the important things in your life first. Have a Safe Journey to India and back, alright? Talk to you soon. :)

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      Deb Hirt 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I grew up under a rock, and really wanted to stay there, as it was safer. I was immediately picked up on as the odd one out, and paid for it. NOW I am in my element, since I was born into I time that I didn't be;long in. My comrades feel the same way that I do about protecting the earth and the animals. It is odd to finally find the same type of people almost four decades later. Now I finally belong, such as it is.

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      Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

      We share the odd one out scenario of the past, Deb. I'm actually not so sure I still don't acquire that title here in my home town. Oh, I'm sure I do. However, I amazingly have found people I relate to here on hubpages, and from people around the globe. There should never be a social or international divide. For some like me, it's our key to living life. Both of these comedians, I felt, have a worldly mind and an unbanished heart.

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You can't see me Missy, but I'm applauding this wonderful work of yours...tossing roses and reaching out to hug you...Bravo!

      I loved every word, every thought, inspiration and visual of this fascinating page. It's clear you are doing what you love by pouring your talent & passion into your writing.

      You have a gift, Missy and just by being you, you share that gift so beautifully with the world.........Stay true to yourself. ....Paula

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      Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

      What a great comment and compliment, Paula. I'm almost speechless, but I'm going to try to express to you how much I appreciate what you just said. :)

      First, I have to say how happy I am that you found this hub, and I am super thrilled that it touched you. That's exactly what I wanted this hub to do; I wanted it to make people appreciate life in a new way, without limits to a certain religion, or tied down by greed and money, or even fame.

      I picked these two comedians to display here, because they both, I feel, found this purpose for life, and realized they were chosen to express it in the most loving way through laughter. They learned to be human along with the fame.

      It's hard when reading a hub to catch the side things, I do admit that I will skip the side videos and things and just read the content sometimes, and maybe this is why I haven't gotten a lot of responses on this one. However, I hoped I argued through my writing on how important these two comedians messages were to real-life journeys, and therefore, they took and will take the time to watch and listen to every speech. They are very inspirational.

      It's the reality of everyone really. We all have these feelings that worry us or make us sad, but I believe as does Jim, and as did Charlie, that we can overcome adversities of life and what we are swallowed up with by watching the media and televisions unrealistic views of what reality should be. I think reality of life, is whatever leads you to be a better person. It isn't easy to get to that place within yourself to realize that, but when you do, it is so inspirational; just like Jim and Charlie! Thanks again, Paula. ~Missy

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