As I see it, the purpose of story telling is to express the beauty of life, condensing its high spots, for purposes of entertainment. For after all, it is only beauty we seek in life, whether it be through laughter or tears. And beauty lies in everything, both good and evil, though only the discriminating, such as the artist and the poet, finds it in both.

Source:Quoted in 'Chaplin Makes Plea For Sincerity,' Exhibitor's Trade Review (October 1923)
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