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25 Inspirational Movie Quotes That Teach You About Life And Death

25 Inspirational Movie Quotes That Teach You About Life And Death

All of us have our favorite film that tackles life and death themes, yet moving observations about our existence can be found in an incredibly wide range of films. Whether a film is comedic or tragic, for kids or adults, audiences are frequently faced with tender, noteworthy views on life and death. Whether they are old favorites or new additions, these movies hold truly pointed and touching observations about life and death.

Be The Change

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    “Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded…”
    -Batman, The Dark Knight

    In a film emphasizing doing good because it’s our duty as humans, no other line summarizes the importance of taking initiative quite like this one.

    Seek Your Own Path

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      “This cannot be my destiny!”
      -MewTwo, Pokemon: The First Movie

      Films for children rarely stir your soul, but who doesn’t empathize with a character becoming aware of himself in the very worst of starting places. A movie that challenges kids to go after what they want, MewTwos hatred of his lot in life can stir any viewer.

      Avoid Being A Follower

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        “Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?”
        -Obi-Wan, Star Wars: A New Hope 

        In the middle of a tense undercover mission, Obi-Wan addresses the other character’s fears head on, reminding each of us to think before we follow others.

        Life Requires Art

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          “Nothing is more necessary than the unnecessary.”
          -Uncle Eliseo, Life Is Beautiful

          Amid the tragedies of the holocaust, Guido in Life Is Beautiful strives to protect his sons innocence. The film highlights the critical nature of art in everyday life, making the case that the things and people we love are the only reason for living. Never is this more clear than when Uncle Eliseo states our need for art and comedy so concisely.

          Believe In Yourself

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            “Luke: ‘I don’t, I don’t believe it.’ Yoda: ‘That is why you fail.’”
            -Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

            Perhaps no movie character can beat Yoda when it comes to the wise, all-knowing mentor. This simple retort to Luke’s complaint is a poignant underscore to one of the main themes in the Star Wars films: that a strong mind that perseveres can do anything in life.

            Choose Your Destiny

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              “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”
              -MewTwo, Pokemon: The First Movie

              The penultimate line from Pokemon: The First Movie, when the result of a scientific experiment learns our choices determine who we are. Proving that quality films, even ones about Pokemon, can teach us a thing or two about life and death.

              Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

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                “This trial… the whole world… it’s all… show business.”
                -Billy Flynn, Chicago

                Another theme in Chicago rings reminiscent of Shakespeare’s “all the worlds a stage..”. Highlighting the temperance of life, reminds us all to enjoy life while we have it, concentrating less on where we are and more on enjoying the ride.

                Consider The Other Side

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                  [Explaining the death of her parents to Stitch] “It was raining, and they went for a drive. What happened to yours? I hear you cry at night. Do you dream about them? I know that’s why you wreck things, and push me.”
                  -Lilo, Lilo And Stitch

                  Lilo’s unique perspective on the troublesome, chaotic stitch in Lilo And Stitch is a powerful statement on empathy. A quiet, simple moment that teaches us all to remember to walk a mile in another’s shoes.

                  Life Is Easier Said Than Done

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                    “Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
                    -Morpheus, The Matrix

                    Another insightful moment from Morpheus, the enlightened leader reminds all of us that falling along the way to success in life is normal.

                    Choose Thoughtfully

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                      “See? Now you respect me, because I’m a threat. That’s the way it works. Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it.”
                      -Syndrome, The Incredibles

                      The animated film The Incredibles takes a truly intimidating turn when the evil genius Syndrome flaunts his seemingly endless wealth and new connections. Since Mr. Incredible’s actions influenced Syndrome’s decision to become evil, this moment is a surprisingly powerful reminder that our actions have consequences.

                      Hold To Your Convictions

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                        “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”
                        -Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas

                        In a movie full of quotable scenes, Jack Skellington’s refusal to give up on his passion just because it seems unlikely is inspiring.

                        Moving On Is A Process

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                          “Molly: ‘My daddy doesn’t think she’s in heaven.’ Corrina Washington: ‘Well, that’s probably just because your daddy is so jealous of the angels. He’s so jealous, he can’t even stand to think about those angels who get to play with your mommy all day long. And he’s hurting just like you’re hurting, and you’re going to hurt for a long time. Every day it’ll get a little better, but you’ll always miss your mommy, and that’s okay.’”
                          -Corrina, Corrina

                          In a film that tackles loss in 1950’s America, Corrina’s succinct advice to a young girl missing her deceased mother is truly moving. Reminding us that life and death come with troubling, yet manageable circumstances.

                          Never Give Up

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                            “A real loser is someone who’s so afraid of not winning he doesn’t even try.”
                            -Grandpa, Little Miss Sunshine

                            As Olive grows afraid she won’t win the beauty pageant, Grandpa’s timeless advice will make anyone smile. Ultimately reminding audiences taking risks is important in life, Grandpas words make everyone ready to give it another try.

                            Laugh At Your Troubles

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                              “He gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, ’cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn’t learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you’re 18… Ah, think of the suffering you’re gonna miss. I mean high school? High school-those are your prime suffering years. You don’t get better suffering than that.”
                              -Frank, Little Miss Sunshine

                              As struggling teen Dwayne is faced with his most painful years, Frank’s humorous take on what lies ahead reminds us all to look for the positive in life. Even when things are troubling, the only way to move forward is to keep your chin up.

                              Growing Up Can Be Hard

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                                “You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone.”
                                -Andrew Largeman, Garden State

                                Everyone faces a time in life where they transition out their childhood comfort zones. As Andrew Largeman is forced to revisit a troubling childhood, his musings had all of us contemplating our place in life.

                                Audiences Have Responsibility Too

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                                  “In this town, murder’s a form of entertainment.”
                                  -Matron Mama Morton, Chicago

                                  Chicago challenges how far we say audiences will go to see something new. Mamas interpretation that murder is show business is more relevant than ever in a world of gratuitous reality programming.

                                  Laugh At Yourself

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                                    “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you’d like.”
                                    -Sam, Garden State

                                    Sam’s simple encouragement for Andrew Largeman to take things less seriously is an effective and powerful lesson in Garden State.

                                    Go Your Own Way

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                                      “Can you imagine being the guy whose job it is to argue for the right to build a mall on top of a geological phenomenon?”
                                      -Andrew Largeman, Garden State

                                      When Andrew and his new friends strike out into their surroundings, we’re once again caught contemplating our individual choices and direction in life.

                                      Make The Most Of Life

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                                        “Frodo: ‘I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.’ Gandalf: ‘So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.’”
                                        -The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

                                        An emotional reminder that everyone has challenges they’d rather not face, Gandalf reminds us all the only thing we can do is make the most of where we are in life.

                                        Stand Up For Others

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                                          “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
                                          -Sam, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

                                          Amid a crumbling society, Sam’s simple optimism in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers is a beautiful reminder that there is always good-natured people, even when things look impossible.

                                          Challenge Your Perspective

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                                            “What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
                                            -Morpheus, The Matrix

                                            Another movie full of wise lines, The Matrix challenges each of us to redefine how we view our world. As the film challenges the way we see ourselves, we are all prompted to  make the most of our lives.

                                            Examine Your Own Faults

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                                              “You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!”
                                              -The Joker, The Dark Knight

                                              In an already thrilling examination of a twisted mind, The Dark Knight prompts each of us to examine our own lives. While we’re quick to condemn evil, the villain in this film reminds us that every day decisions made by our lawmakers have just as troubling effects.

                                              Appreciate What You Have

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                                                “Kim: ‘Hold me.’ Edward: ‘I can’t.’”
                                                -Edward Scissorhands

                                                Nothing makes you appreciate the things you have quite like Edward’s unfortunate challenges in Edward Scissorhands. As Edward is forced to remain apart from those he loves because of his form, anybody is prone to tear up.

                                                Think Before You Act

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                                                  “If I may… Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it.”
                                                  -Dr. Malcolm, Jurassic Park

                                                  Dr Malcolm’s quotable objection to science playing with life is a powerful reminder that what we do in the name of discovery, we are still responsible for. No other film line quite captures the new scientific discoveries and challenges faced in our budding millennial world. 

                                                  Carpe Diem

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                                                    Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
                                                    -John, Dead Poets Society

                                                    In a simple moment from Dead Poets Society, John Keating sums up the most vital life advice any of us can receive.

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                                                    12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                                    12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                                    Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

                                                    While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

                                                    What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

                                                    Here are 12 things to remember:

                                                    1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

                                                    The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

                                                    However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

                                                    We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

                                                    Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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                                                    2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

                                                    You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

                                                    Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

                                                    Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

                                                    3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

                                                    Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

                                                    Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

                                                    4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

                                                    Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

                                                    No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

                                                    5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

                                                    Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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                                                    Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

                                                    6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

                                                    Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

                                                    Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

                                                    Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

                                                    7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

                                                    Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

                                                    Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

                                                    And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

                                                    8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

                                                    When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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                                                    Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

                                                    9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

                                                    Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

                                                    Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

                                                    Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

                                                    10. Journal During This Time

                                                    Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

                                                    This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

                                                    11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

                                                    It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

                                                    The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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                                                    Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

                                                    12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

                                                    The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

                                                    Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

                                                    When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

                                                    Afraid to ask for help? Here’s how to change your outlook to aim high!

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

                                                    Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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