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6 Wise Quotes from Movies

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“A wiser fella than myself once said, ‘Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar, well, he eats you.’”

This is a play on an old cliché that uses “bear” instead of “bar,” which is a far more logical metaphor. But when the Stranger, The Big Lebowski’s baritone narrator, recites this to the Dude, the two men are sitting at a bar in a bowling alley, and the Dude is drowning his sorrows in Kahlúa and vodka (hence the bar reference). Either way, the meaning behind the quote—some days, you win big; others, you lose just as big—remains true. It’s similar to a slightly cruder quote: “Sometimes you’re the dog, and sometimes you’re the tree.” If you’re in a bad spot, have faith that things will eventually turn around. Such is the cyclical nature of life.

“Happiness is only real when shared.”

Christopher McCandless, the young man whose tragic story inspired the book Into the Wild and its movie adaptation, wrote these words in his diary shortly before dying of starvation alone in the harsh Alaskan wilderness. He embarked on the dangerous journey that led to his demise in order to find happiness and peace as an individual within nature’s beauty, eschewing convention—as well as the advice and love of his family and friends—in the process. At the end, he realized all too late that happiness can only be found among the very people he pushed away. True inner contentment comes from being selfless and finding a way to spread the joy you possess to those around you. Happiness can result from developing oneself individually, as McCandless tried to do in the wild, as long as it’s not done at the expense of your connection to your fellow humans.

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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

thanks

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

Thanks.

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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Thanks for sharing.

Sometimes you can do everything right and have a heart attack anyway

Interesting article, thank you.

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