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6 Wise Quotes from Movies

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6 Wise Quotes from Movies

Some of the wisest, truest words ever spoken have come not from motivational speakers, but from characters in motivational movies. In fact, if you’re looking for the courage to take risks or make positive changes in life, you needn’t look further than Netflix or your DVD collection. Cinematic history is filled with exhilarating scenes like the training montage in Rocky and the desk-standing salute to Mr. Keating in Dead Poets Society. But the most inspirational and educational words are often simple, powerful, and spoken by dynamic movie characters. Everyone can learn a little something from these famous nuggets of cinematic wisdom.

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

Professor John Keating’s first lesson to his students in Dead Poets Society wasn’t about poetry, but about the legacy of the students who came before them—students who were now “fertilizing daffodils,” as he put it. Their legacy was to live life to its fullest, even if that meant opting out of the status quo and choosing a more meaningful path. We only have one life to live; why not do the best we can with the time we’ve got? Keating never wanted his students to give up their dreams, and because of his sage presence in their lives, they never wanted to let him down.

“Do … or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda had a peculiar way of structuring sentences, but that didn’t make his words any less affecting. While instructing young Luke Skywalker on the ways of a Jedi Master in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda tries to prevent his protégé from becoming too frustrated and quitting. A crucial part of Luke’s training involved his letting go of his perceived limitations and unlocking his telekinetic skills via the Force. Luke responded to Yoda’s instructions by saying he would “try” to move things with his mind alone; to this, Yoda gave his disdainful reply. To Yoda, the word try justified potential failure. In other words, just do it. There is no success without confidence.

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12:10PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

I can think of WAY better quotes js

10:37PM PST on Dec 28, 2012


2:44PM PST on Dec 10, 2012

"Everything works out in the end.....if it hasn't worked out, it isn't the end yet." The Wonderful Marigold Hotel.

12:26PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

to each their own

8:47AM PST on Dec 8, 2012


5:00AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

6:03PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

nice sharing of movie quotes...

8:17PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thanks for reminding me of the "Big Lebowski" quote!

8:09AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

These quotes are largely fortune cookie wisdom. You could have more original, insightful, and better quotes.

8:42PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

"Get busy living or get busy dying," - Red, from the Shawshank Redemption

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