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10 Powerful Movie Quotes That Will Change Our Lives

10 Powerful Movie Quotes That Will Change Our Lives

Do we substitute happiness with food, pleasure, power, or technology? Let’s change our lives. Stop using “artificial ingredients”.   Time to live in Wisdom!  Here are 10 movie quotes to start with.

1. Know the difference between the pursuit of happiness and the happiness of pursuit

In the recently released 2014 movie “Hector and the Search for Happiness”, Hector (played by Simon Pegg) decides to embark on a journey to find happiness.

Professor Coreman (played by Christopher Plummer) states that “We should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of pursuit”.

The journey is the key. So let’s think about what our journey has revealed to us?

2. “Pay it Forward”

In the 2000 movie “Pay it Forward”, Eugene Simonet (played by Kevin Spacey) challenges his seventh grade social studies class to complete a very special class project. Help three people accomplish something that they can’t do by themselves. Then ask them to help three people to “Pay it Forward”. It will give your life a new meaning.

3. Focus on “Doing”not “Trying”

In the 1979 Star Wars movie, “The Empire Strikes Back“, Yoda (voice played by Frank Oz) mentors young Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) on what it takes to be a Jedi Master.

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Yoda explains: “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.

Think about, what word you use more often, “try” or do”?

4. Ask yourself: Is there a normal life?

In the 1993 movie “Tombstone” Doc Holiday (played by Val Kilmer) comments on Wyatt Earp’s (played by Kurt Russell) desire to live a normal life.

Doc answers: “There’s no normal life….there’s just life.”

Are our expectations of how our life will go limiting our imagination and opportunities?

5. Find out what’s in your box of chocolates

In the 2000 movie “Forest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), Forest comments:

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“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get!”

Be ready to taste them all!

6. Accept that our lives are bound by each other

In the 2012 movie, “Cloud Atlas“, Ursula (the young one played by Laura Vietzin and the old one played by Susan Sarandon) says:

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, Past and Present. And by each crime and every kindness, we build our Future.”

Do you appreciate the impact of the relationships you have had with the people in you life?  Or should you reconnect with some of them?

7. Wonder: Is anything free?

In the 2012 remake movie, “True Grit“, Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld) says:

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“You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.”

Coming from a 14 year old girl who is determined to avenge her father’s murder, that is a harsh message to accept. Visit the Film Doctor to better understand this quote. Are we willing to pay the bill for everything we do or don’t do?

8. Realize that the many are served by the few

In the 1982 Star Trek Movie, “The Wrath of Khan”  Spock (played by Leonard Nemoy) and Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner) combine to say:

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” 

There are real-life heroes living in our midst that do this every day. They humbly serve in our fire, police, emergency, and armed forces units. We should appreciate them or even become one of them.

9. Realize the need of alterations

In the 1985 western film,Silverado“, Stella (played by Linda Hunt) states from behind her bar:

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“The world is what you make of it, friend.  If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations”.

She was standing on a ramp that she had installed since she was a bit shorter in height than most bartenders. Have you made any changes lately?

10. Understand that fear is the “mind-killer”

In the SyFy 1984 movie “Dune”, Paul Atreides (played by Kyle MacLachlan) is tested by a member of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (played by Sian Phillips) applies nerve-induced pain. As Paul endures this test, he says to himself:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Let’s face our fear the way Paul did!

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The Gentle Art of Saying No For a Less Stressful Life

The Gentle Art of Saying No For a Less Stressful Life

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to master the Gentle Art of Saying No:

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1. Value Your Time

Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”

2. Know Your Priorities

Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.

3. Practice Saying No

Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

4. Don’t Apologize

A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.

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5. Stop Being Nice

Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets.

Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

6. Say No to Your Boss

Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no,” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning.

But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

7. Pre-Empting

It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

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“Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

8. Get Back to You

Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them:

“After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

At least you gave it some consideration.

9. Maybe Later

If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

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“This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.

10. It’s Not You, It’s Me

This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often, the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time.

Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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