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10 Inspirational Quotes From 2015 Oscar Movies

10 Inspirational Quotes From 2015 Oscar Movies

From journeys of self-reflection in the wilderness to trying to break a seemly unbreakable Nazi code, this past awards season was filled with Oscar movies that were not only cinematic masterpieces, but had many quotable moments of inspiration. One of the things that all these films have in common is that they each have highly-relatable characters in familiar situations. Although we may not be individuals that were present in the time period of Selma, we do know what its like to fight for what you believe in. Even if we did not go on a solo journey after experiencing a death in the family, we have certainly experienced the crushing feeling of loss. Although we may not live in the same time or place as the characters in these movies, we can learn a great deal from them.

These inspirational quotes from Oscar movies can give you a boost in your daily life and propel you forward in tough times. Read on to gain your own inspiration from these award-winning films.

1. Whatever obstacles are present in your life, there is always the possibility to overcome them and excel

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”-The Theory of Everything

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    2. We must always fight for our loved ones and the things that we believe in

    “Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.”-Selma

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      3. Those who rise to greatness are often those who people never imagined would be in such a position

      “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” -The Imitation Game

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        4. Sometimes you just have to let go of fear and trust that your life is playing out as it should be

        “I know only that I didn’t need to reach with my bare hands anymore. That seeing the fish beneath the surface was enough. That it was everything. My life -like all lives- mysterious, irrevocable and sacred, so very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.” -Wild

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          5. Despite any adversity you are facing in life, it’s important to stay in the moment and be grateful for what you do have

          “So, ‘live in the moment’ I tell myself. It’s really all I can do, live in the moment. And not beat myself up too much… and not beat myself up too much for mastering the art of losing.” -Still Alice

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            6. It is always important to continuously stand-up for what you believe in and make your voice heard despite hardship

            “We negotiate, we demonstrate, we resist.” -Selma

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              7. It is important to surround yourself with people who truly care about you

              [W]e’ll have each other’s company. We’ll have each other’s minds. Because I care for you. And you care for me. And we understand one another more than anyone else ever has.” -The Imitation Game

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                8. It’s important to believe that life is going to work out the way it should

                “You know how everyone’s always saying seize the moment? I don’t know, I’m kind of thinking it’s the other way around, you know, like the moment seizes us.”-Boyhood

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                  9. Everyone needs to have people who cheer them on and tell them that they are worth it

                  “You’re here for a reason. You believe that, right?”-Whiplash

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                    10. Sometimes you get to play the role of a superhero unexpectedly

                    ” We didn’t set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. The good thing is, my brother wanted to help a lot of people and that’s what we’re gonna do.”-Big Hero 6

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                    6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                    6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                    We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

                    “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

                    Are we speaking the same language?

                    My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

                    When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

                    Am I being lazy?

                    When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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                    Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

                    Early in the relationship:

                    “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

                    When the relationship is established:

                    “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

                    It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

                    Have I actually got anything to say?

                    When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

                    A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

                    When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

                    Am I painting an accurate picture?

                    One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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                    How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

                    Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

                    What words am I using?

                    It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

                    Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

                    Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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                    Is the map really the territory?

                    Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

                    A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

                    I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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