A Jewish Barber:
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 good
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
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.
In a passionate raging voice:
Soldiers: don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise
you, 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, 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, the unloved and the
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 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 a
security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but
they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators
free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill
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
Soldiers: in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to
power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now 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 the happiness of us all.
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us unite!
A Jewish Barber pauses, seeming to gather himself, and
the picture soon fades out to a scene of refugee Hannah (Paulette Goddard)
with her family in a peaceful field, seemingly hearing his words.
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
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!
-- Sir Charles Chaplin (from The Great Dictator,
1940), as spoken by himself