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Last Updated on December 1, 2019

25 Love Quotes from Movies That Will Inspire You

25 Love Quotes from Movies That Will Inspire You

Movies not only entertain us on a rainy Friday night, but they also teach us many things. Among other lessons, the characters can teach us the real meaning of love through their stories and challenges. Existential questions come up such as, what is love? How does it feel to be in love? How do we know when we’re in love? Most important, movies can help teach us how to work through this wonderful emotion and be happy. Take a look below at the top 25 inspirational movie quotes that teach you a little something about love.

Next step, movie marathon.

1. Love takes a lot of work to get through the hard times.

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day…” – Noah Calhoun, The Notebook

    2. Love makes you appreciate things about a person that you might not normally like.

    “I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you’re always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call. But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” – Kat Stratford, 10 Things I Hate About You

      3. Great loves don’t always last forever, so love like there’s no tomorrow.

      “Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone.” – Noah Calhoun, The Notebook

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        4. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world to know what love is.

        “I’m not a smart man… but I know what love is.” — Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump

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          5. Love can be the most random person, in the most random place: embrace it.

          “My name is Dug. I have just met you and I love you.” – Dug, Up

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            6. When you love, you love through the good and the bad times.

            “I have loved her even when I hated her…” – Cal Weaver, Crazy, Stupid, Love

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              7. Love is as much an intellectual attraction as it is a physical one.

              “I know you’ve probably suspected this, but over the last month, I’ve fallen completely in love with you. Now, obviously this was going to happen because you’re a goddess with that face, and that hair. But even if you didn’t have a nice face, and even if you had absolutely no hair because of some bizarre medical reason, I’d still adore you.” – Tim, About Time

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                8. The love we receive comes from the standards we set for ourselves.

                “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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                  9. Being in love has the power to bring out what’s best in us.

                  “You make me want to be a better man.” – Melvin Udall, As Good as It Gets

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                    10. A person needs to be able to love themselves in order to feel love for someone else.

                    “Love is not a feeling, Mr. Burns. It’s an ability.” – Marty Barasco, Dan in Real Life

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                      11. Love is the answer to all existential questions, since it helps you find yourself through another being.

                      “There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.” – Don Juan, Don Juan DeMarco

                        12. Love will make you want to do anything to make your beloved happy.

                        “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” – George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

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                          13. Love is finding security, happiness and hope in the eyes of the person you love.

                          “If you can promise me anything, promise me that whenever you’re sad, or unsure, or you lose complete faith, that you’ll try to see yourself through my eyes.” – Gerry, P.S I Love You

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                            14. It’s not always a smooth ride. But it’s worth it in the end, as long as you’re with the one you love.

                            “I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is going to want get out. But I also guarantee… that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart… you’re the only one for me.” – Maggie Carpenter, Runaway Bride

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                              15. There is no set image to what love looks like, since it comes in all shapes and sizes.

                              “Fiona: Yes. But, I don’t understand. I’m supposed to be beautiful.

                              “Shrek: But you are beautiful. ”

                              – Shrek

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                                16. Love makes the simplest thing you do absolutely magical.

                                “Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.” – Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle

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                                  17. You can’t put a name to the feeling once you experience it, but you know, with certainty, that you are in love.

                                  “This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.” – Robert Kincaid, The Bridges of Madison County

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                                    18. Love is strong enough to continue beyond loss, hatred, or the grave.

                                    “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.” – Sarah, The Crow

                                      19. You don’t have to be extremely rich or famous to experience the beauty of this feeling.

                                      “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” – Noah Calhoun, The Notebook

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                                        20. It isn’t made to be practical or logical, it’s made to be spontaneous, regardless of the consequences.

                                        “As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” – The Wizard, The Wizard of Oz

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                                          21. Use more of your heart to love the ones around you.

                                          “You know how they say we only use 10 percent of our brains? I think we only use 10 percent of our hearts.” – John Beckwith, Wedding Crashers

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                                            22. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself for the ones you love.

                                            “Some people are worth melting for. – Olaf, Frozen

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                                              23. Love isn’t always safe a journey, but it’s strong enough to secure a safe landing.

                                              “That’s what people do. They leap and hope to God they can fly. Because otherwise, we just drop like a rock, wondering the whole way down, ‘Why in the hell did I jump?’ But here I am, Sarah, falling. And there’s only one person that makes me feel like I can fly. That’s you.” – Alex Hitch, Hitch

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                                                24. When you’re in love, it’s like you’re given a new chance at life.

                                                “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally

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                                                  25. Love is always with you to cure the lonely moments.

                                                  “When I’m with you, I don’t feel so alone.” – Hercules

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                                                    Last Updated on October 22, 2020

                                                    8 Simple Ways to Be a Better Listener

                                                    8 Simple Ways to Be a Better Listener

                                                    How would you feel if you were sharing a personal story and noticed that the person to whom you were speaking wasn’t really listening? You probably wouldn’t be too thrilled.

                                                    Unfortunately, that is the case for many people. Most individuals are not good listeners. They are good pretenders. The thing is, true listening requires work—more work than people are willing to invest. Quality conversation is about “give and take.” Most people, however, want to just give—their words, that is. Being on the receiving end as the listener may seem boring, but it’s essential.

                                                    When you are attending to someone and paying attention to what they’re saying, it’s a sign of caring and respect. The hitch is that attending requires an act of will, which sometimes goes against what our minds naturally do—roaming around aimlessly and thinking about whatnot, instead of listening—the greatest act of thoughtfulness.

                                                    Without active listening, people often feel unheard and unacknowledged. That’s why it’s important for everyone to learn how to be a better listener.

                                                    What Makes People Poor Listeners?

                                                    Good listening skills can be learned, but first, let’s take a look at some of the things that you might be doing that makes you a poor listener.

                                                    1. You Want to Talk to Yourself

                                                    Well, who doesn’t? We all have something to say, right? But when you are looking at someone pretending to be listening while, all along, they’re mentally planning all the amazing things they’re going to say, it is a disservice to the speaker.

                                                    Yes, maybe what the other person is saying is not the most exciting thing in the world. Still, they deserve to be heard. You always have the ability to steer the conversation in another direction by asking questions.

                                                    It’s okay to want to talk. It’s normal, even. Keep in mind, however, that when your turn does come around, you’ll want someone to listen to you.

                                                    2. You Disagree With What Is Being Said

                                                    This is another thing that makes you an inadequate listener—hearing something with which you disagree with and immediately tuning out. Then, you lie in wait so you can tell the speaker how wrong they are. You’re eager to make your point and prove the speaker wrong. You think that once you speak your “truth,” others will know how mistaken the speaker is, thank you for setting them straight, and encourage you to elaborate on what you have to say. Dream on.

                                                    Disagreeing with your speaker, however frustrating that might be, is no reason to tune them out and ready yourself to spew your staggering rebuttal. By listening, you might actually glean an interesting nugget of information that you were previously unaware of.

                                                    3. You Are Doing Five Other Things While You’re “Listening”

                                                    It is impossible to listen to someone while you’re texting, reading, playing Sudoku, etc. But people do it all the time—I know I have.

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                                                    I’ve actually tried to balance my checkbook while pretending to listen to the person on the other line. It didn’t work. I had to keep asking, “what did you say?” I can only admit this now because I rarely do it anymore. With work, I’ve succeeded in becoming a better listener. It takes a great deal of concentration, but it’s certainly worth it.

                                                    If you’re truly going to listen, then you must: listen! M. Scott Peck, M.D., in his book The Road Less Travel, says, “you cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” If you are too busy to actually listen, let the speaker know, and arrange for another time to talk. It’s simple as that!

                                                    4. You Appoint Yourself as Judge

                                                    While you’re “listening,” you decide that the speaker doesn’t know what they’re talking about. As the “expert,” you know more. So, what’s the point of even listening?

                                                    To you, the only sound you hear once you decide they’re wrong is, “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!” But before you bang that gavel, just know you may not have all the necessary information. To do that, you’d have to really listen, wouldn’t you? Also, make sure you don’t judge someone by their accent, the way they sound, or the structure of their sentences.

                                                    My dad is nearly 91. His English is sometimes a little broken and hard to understand. People wrongly assume that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about—they’re quite mistaken. My dad is a highly intelligent man who has English as his second language. He knows what he’s saying and understands the language perfectly.

                                                    Keep that in mind when listening to a foreigner, or someone who perhaps has a difficult time putting their thoughts into words.

                                                    Now, you know some of the things that make for an inferior listener. If none of the items above resonate with you, great! You’re a better listener than most.

                                                    How To Be a Better Listener

                                                    For conversation’s sake, though, let’s just say that maybe you need some work in the listening department, and after reading this article, you make the decision to improve. What, then, are some of the things you need to do to make that happen? How can you be a better listener?

                                                    1. Pay Attention

                                                    A good listener is attentive. They’re not looking at their watch, phone, or thinking about their dinner plans. They’re focused and paying attention to what the other person is saying. This is called active listening.

                                                    According to Skills You Need, “active listening involves listening with all senses. As well as giving full attention to the speaker, it is important that the ‘active listener’ is also ‘seen’ to be listening—otherwise, the speaker may conclude that what they are talking about is uninteresting to the listener.”[1]

                                                    As I mentioned, it’s normal for the mind to wander. We’re human, after all. But a good listener will rein those thoughts back in as soon as they notice their attention waning.

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                                                    I want to note here that you can also “listen” to bodily cues. You can assume that if someone keeps looking at their watch or over their shoulder, their focus isn’t on the conversation. The key is to just pay attention.

                                                    2. Use Positive Body Language

                                                    You can infer a lot from a person’s body language. Are they interested, bored, or anxious?

                                                    A good listener’s body language is open. They lean forward and express curiosity in what is being said. Their facial expression is either smiling, showing concern, conveying empathy, etc. They’re letting the speaker know that they’re being heard.

                                                    People say things for a reason—they want some type of feedback. For example, you tell your spouse, “I had a really rough day!” and your husband continues to check his newsfeed while nodding his head. Not a good response.

                                                    But what if your husband were to look up with questioning eyes, put his phone down, and say, “Oh, no. What happened?” How would feel, then? The answer is obvious.

                                                    According to Alan Gurney,[2]

                                                    “An active listener pays full attention to the speaker and ensures they understand the information being delivered. You can’t be distracted by an incoming call or a Facebook status update. You have to be present and in the moment.

                                                    Body language is an important tool to ensure you do this. The correct body language makes you a better active listener and therefore more ‘open’ and receptive to what the speaker is saying. At the same time, it indicates that you are listening to them.”

                                                    3. Avoid Interrupting the Speaker

                                                    I am certain you wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a sentence only to see the other person holding up a finger or their mouth open, ready to step into your unfinished verbiage. It’s rude and causes anxiety. You would, more than likely, feel a need to rush what you’re saying just to finish your sentence.

                                                    Interrupting is a sign of disrespect. It is essentially saying, “what I have to say is much more important than what you’re saying.” When you interrupt the speaker, they feel frustrated, hurried, and unimportant.

                                                    Interrupting a speaker to agree, disagree, argue, etc., causes the speaker to lose track of what they are saying. It’s extremely frustrating. Whatever you have to say can wait until the other person is done.

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                                                    Be polite and wait your turn!

                                                    4. Ask Questions

                                                    Asking questions is one of the best ways to show you’re interested. If someone is telling you about their ski trip to Mammoth, don’t respond with, “that’s nice.” That would show a lack of interest and disrespect. Instead, you can ask, “how long have you been skiing?” “Did you find it difficult to learn?” “What was your favorite part of the trip?” etc. The person will think highly of you and consider you a great conversationalist just by you asking a few questions.

                                                    5. Just Listen

                                                    This may seem counterintuitive. When you’re conversing with someone, it’s usually back and forth. On occasion, all that is required of you is to listen, smile, or nod your head, and your speaker will feel like they’re really being heard and understood.

                                                    I once sat with a client for 45 minutes without saying a word. She came into my office in distress. I had her sit down, and then she started crying softly. I sat with her—that’s all I did. At the end of the session, she stood, told me she felt much better, and then left.

                                                    I have to admit that 45 minutes without saying a word was tough. But she didn’t need me to say anything. She needed a safe space in which she could emote without interruption, judgment, or me trying to “fix” something.

                                                    6. Remember and Follow Up

                                                    Part of being a great listener is remembering what the speaker has said to you, then following up with them.

                                                    For example, in a recent conversation you had with your co-worker Jacob, he told you that his wife had gotten a promotion and that they were contemplating moving to New York. The next time you run into Jacob, you may want to say, “Hey, Jacob! Whatever happened with your wife’s promotion?” At this point, Jacob will know you really heard what he said and that you’re interested to see how things turned out. What a gift!

                                                    According to new research, “people who ask questions, particularly follow-up questions, may become better managers, land better jobs, and even win second dates.”[3]

                                                    It’s so simple to show you care. Just remember a few facts and follow up on them. If you do this regularly, you will make more friends.

                                                    7. Keep Confidential Information Confidential

                                                    If you really want to be a better listener, listen with care. If what you’re hearing is confidential, keep it that way, no matter how tempting it might be to tell someone else, especially if you have friends in common. Being a good listener means being trustworthy and sensitive with shared information.

                                                    Whatever is told to you in confidence is not to be revealed. Assure your speaker that their information is safe with you. They will feel relieved that they have someone with whom they can share their burden without fear of it getting out.

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                                                    Keeping someone’s confidence helps to deepen your relationship. Also, “one of the most important elements of confidentiality is that it helps to build and develop trust. It potentially allows for the free flow of information between the client and worker and acknowledges that a client’s personal life and all the issues and problems that they have belong to them.”[4]

                                                    Be like a therapist: listen and withhold judgment.

                                                    NOTE: I must add here that while therapists keep everything in a session confidential, there are exceptions:

                                                    1. If the client may be an immediate danger to himself or others.
                                                    2. If the client is endangering a population that cannot protect itself, such as in the case of a child or elder abuse.

                                                    8. Maintain Eye Contact

                                                    When someone is talking, they are usually saying something they consider meaningful. They don’t want their listener reading a text, looking at their fingernails, or bending down to pet a pooch on the street. A speaker wants all eyes on them. It lets them know that what they’re saying has value.

                                                    Eye contact is very powerful. It can relay many things without anything being said. Currently, it’s more important than ever with the Covid-19 Pandemic. People can’t see your whole face, but they can definitely read your eyes.

                                                    By eye contact, I don’t mean a hard, creepy stare—just a gaze in the speaker’s direction will do. Make it a point the next time you’re in a conversation to maintain eye contact with your speaker. Avoid the temptation to look anywhere but at their face. I know it’s not easy, especially if you’re not interested in what they’re talking about. But as I said, you can redirect the conversation in a different direction or just let the person know you’ve got to get going.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Listening attentively will add to your connection with anyone in your life. Now, more than ever, when people are so disconnected due to smartphones and social media, listening skills are critical.

                                                    You can build better, more honest, and deeper relationships by simply being there, paying attention, and asking questions that make the speaker feel like what they have to say matters.

                                                    And isn’t that a great goal? To make people feel as if they matter? So, go out and start honing those listening skills. You’ve got two great ears. Now use them!

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                                                    Featured photo credit: Joshua Rodriguez via unsplash.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Skills You Need: Active Listening
                                                    [2] Filtered: Body language for active listening
                                                    [3] Forbes: People Will Like You More If You Start Asking Follow-up Questions
                                                    [4] TAFE NSW Sydney eLearning Moodle: Confidentiality

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