“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”
Willy Wonka, a lead character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, was a man who never lost touch with the simple pleasures of childhood—excitement over new discoveries, fascination with the unknown, the belief in the possibility of achieving anything, and of course, all the chocolate and candy you could ever eat. In fact, that’s what brings him such success in life. He was able to turn that youthful exuberance into a profitable enterprise. It’s said that one only has so many years to be a kid, but who says you have to give up all the fun parts of childhood when you get older? Wonka shows viewers that holding on to those things can keep you young at heart and merry in mind.
“There’s no place like home.”
The only way Dorothy and her dog, Toto, could find their way out of Oz and back to Kansas was by Dorothy clicking her heels together three times and repeating, “There’s no place like home.” That’s because, at the beginning of The Wizard of Oz, she ran away from it. During her harrowing time in Oz, she realized that running away from any problem isn’t the answer and that she belonged with her family. Home is different for everyone, but ultimately, it’s a place of familiarity and comfort. This may be the place where your family is, or it may be a place far away from family. Wherever home is for you, there’s truly no place like it. In tough times, there can be great comfort in knowing that home is out there somewhere, waiting for your return (or discovery).
For all of these timeless, universally wise quotes, there are countless others that drive home the importance of living a remarkable life (“Get busy living, or get busy dying”—The Shawshank Redemption); being grateful for the people around you (“Be excellent to each other”—Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure); and the realization that the best sources of happiness are sometimes silly and usually free (“Rosebud …”—Citizen Kane). If at first you don’t see the wisdom in these cinematic gems, there’s always hope that they will inspire you upon your next viewing of them. After all, to quote another inspirational movie character, tomorrow is another day.
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