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An esteemful personality: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin may have been the ultimate cinematic comedian.  In the last three quarters of a century his work lifted the spirits of countless people around the world.

But Chaplin was more than just a clown.   His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to.  He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.

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Esteem for clowns

“The genius of clowning is transforming the little, everyday annoyances, not only overcoming, but actually transforming them into something strange and terrific … it is the power to extract mirth for millions out of nothing and less than nothing.”

These are the words of Swiss born Karl Adrien Wettach (Jan. 10, 1880 – July 14, 1959) known as Grock, the clown.  Charlie Chaplin met him in 1931 and said to him: “If I’m the greatest comedian on-screen then you’re the greatest comedian on-stage.”  Grock received esteem throughout his life and even after his death when he was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1992.

Grock is a symbol for clowns all over the world whose work is to cheer people up, make them smile and laugh.

Their art seems to be light and funny, in fact it’s work and a talent which should be esteemed.  When we’re given the opportunity to see the art of a clown we can show our thankfulness and give esteem toward him.