Movie Life Quotes: 13 Great Hollywood Movies and What They Can Teach Us About Life


More often than not, we watch movies to be entertained. But every now and then, they leave some powerful lessons for us about life. Sometimes, certain lines from a movie strike a chord within us that they become our motto or serve as a guiding philosophy for some of us.

Here are 13 of the greatest movies of all time and our favorite lines from each which made a significant impact:

On Commitment:

Do, or Do not. There is no “try”. (Yoda – Star Wars)

Strongly being committed starts with carefully choosing the words you say and that means, no grey areas in between.

On Harnessing your potential:

Great Men are not Born Great, They Grow Great. (Mario Puzo – The Godfather)

This classic movie also leaves us with a timeless reminder that being able to accomplish great things isn’t built-in within our genes but is well within our control.

On Moving on:

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it. (Rafiki – The Lion King)

Breaking free from the past doesn’t mean denying or escaping it but growing from it then moving on.

On Hope:

I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? (Cast Away)

If the character of Tom Hanks who got stuck alone in the middle of nowhere for months saw the light at the end of the tunnel, what more with us?

On Power:

With great power comes great responsibility (Ben Parker – Spiderman)

Power is always accompanied by accountability—and you don’t have to be a superhero like Spiderman to be entrusted with this.

On Valuing time:

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Since we can’t turn back time, we may as well make the most out of it.

On Taking risks:

Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

From birth until death, our lives are shaped by opportunities we took or didn’t take.

On Persistence:

Never give up on your dream, fight your hardest for it. (Chris Gardner –The Pursuit of Happiness)

In today’s world where we have quick access to everything, want instant solutions and changes move at lightning speed, being patient is still an enduring value to cultivate when it comes to pursuing your goals.

On Love:

You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if hurts some people you love. (The Notebook)

Bestselling romance novelist Nicolas Sparks reminds us that love isn’t always a bed of roses but also involves a great deal of sacrifice, including pain.

On Making the most out of life:

You only live once, if you do it right, once is enough. (Mae West- If Only)

Each of us has only one life to live; one life to make it right.

On Flexibility:

My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” (Forrest Gump)

Always welcome changes and be open to the limitless possibilities life can offer.

On Wisdom:

It’s not our abilities that show what we truly are…It is our choices. (Dumbledore –Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

You’ve got to hand it to Hogwart’s headmaster to teach us that it’s our decisions, not skills that reveal our inner strengths.

On Self-esteem:

After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are. (Shrek)

Never allow others but yourself to define who you really are.

How about you? What are your favorite inspiring lines from the movies? Let us know through your comments below.