Charles Chaplin

My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin reviewed by Bianca Gubalke

My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin

I neither believe nor disbelieve in anything. That which can be imagined is as much an approximation to truth as that which can be proved by mathematics. One cannot always approach truth through reason; it confines us to a geometric cast of thought that calls for logic and credibility. We see the dead in our dreams and accept them as living, knowing at the same time they are dead. And although this dream mind is without reason, has it not its own credibility? There are things beyond reason. How can we comprehend a thousand billionth part of a second? Yet it must exist according to the system of mathematics.

As I grow older I am becoming more preoccupied with faith. We live by it more than we think and achieve by it more than we realize. I believe that faith is a precursor of all our ideas. Without faith, there never could have evolved hypothesis, theory, science or mathematics. I believe that faith is an extension of the mind. It is the key that negates the impossible. To deny faith is to refute oneself and the spirit that generates all our creative forces.

My faith is in the unknown, in all that we do not understand by reason; I believe that what is beyond our comprehension is a simple fact in other dimensions, and that in the realm of the unknown there is an infinite power for good. ( Extract of the book)

A brilliant mind . . . painting a vivid picture of an extraordinary life, a vibrant epoch and highly challenging times – always true to himself. An immortal life that keeps teaching the art of simplicity in all that connects us beyond all perceived barriers, even today.

Simply the best autobiography I’ve ever read! And will certainly reread!