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25 Inspirational Movie Quotes That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons

25 Inspirational Movie Quotes That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons

Movies’ one of the most influential sources of inspiration for me. When my life goes rough, motivational movies remind me to be stronger.

Here I’ve collected 25 inspirational movie quotes which will teach you the most valuable life lessons.

1. Be determined. Instead of intending to just try, do it.

Do, or do not. There is no “try”. – Yoda, from Star Wars

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    2. Learn to let go and be clear of where you really want to head for.

    Love cannot be found where it doesn’t exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does. – David Schwimmer, from Kissing a Fool

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      3. Your past experiences are valuable lessons to you now, learn from them.

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

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        4. Just be yourself because you’re unique and you’ll shine.

        Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out? – from What a Girl Wants

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          5. Life’s too short to miss out anything, try to take it slowly.

          Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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            6. You should love and take care of yourself because after all, it’s your own life.

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

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              7. Everyone has a choice. You can choose your own path in life.

              We are who we choose to be. – Green Goblin, from Spider-Man

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                8. You deserve what you want when you’re trying your best to fight for it, no one can take that right from you.

                Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. – Heath Ledger, from 10 Things I Hate About You

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                  9. There’s no perfect time for anything, do it now or you’ll regret later.

                  I don’t regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do. – from Empire Records

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                    10. You don’t need to hide yourself because you’re afraid of what others think of you. You have the choice to live your own life.

                    It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices. – Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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                      11. Just keep going, you’ll make it one day.

                      “Run, Forrest, run!” – from Forrest Gump

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                        12. The least expected things happen at your least expected time in life.

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

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                          13. Never give up on your dream, fight your hardest for it.

                          Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period. – Chris Gardner, from The Pursuit of Happyness

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                            14. Don’t stuck in your own little world because the purpose of life is to explore and experience.

                            “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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                              15. Stop trying to please everyone because it’s impossible. Do what makes you comfortable.

                              You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours. – White Queen, from Alice in Wonderland

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                                16. Believe in yourself. Your confidence will lead you to success and happiness.

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

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                                  17. In order to achieve your dreams and goals, you’ll go through tough times for sure but hold on!

                                  If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs. And maybe your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. – from Factotum

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                                    18. Make every moment count, enjoy your life time and don’t waste it.

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

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                                      19. The little things you do today could make a great difference in future.

                                      It’s what you do right now that makes a difference. – from Black Hawk Down

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                                        20. Don’t take missing any opportunities as a bad thing, you never know what life is trying to teach you.

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

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                                          21. Achieving greatness is all about how much effort you make throughout the time.

                                          Great men are not born great, they grow great. – Mario Puzo, from The Godfather

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                                            22. Instead of seeking for happiness, live the moment and that’s where happiness exists.

                                            Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever. – from The Beach

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                                              23. If you wait for others to complete you, you’ll never be able to have peace in your mind whenever you’re alone.

                                              Only if you find peace within yourself will you find true connection with others. – from Before Sunrise

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                                                24. Always have hope. Be optimistic for your future.

                                                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? – from Cast Away

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                                                  25. Before you do anything, be clear of why you want to do it. The purpose is an important reason to support what you’ll do.

                                                  To find something, anything, a great truth or a lost pair of glasses, you must first believe there will be some advantage in finding it. – from All the King’s Men

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                                                    Are there any movie quotes that have greatly inspired you? Share with us!

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                                                    Anna Chui

                                                    Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the Content Strategist of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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                                                    Published on April 7, 2021

                                                    6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

                                                    6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

                                                    Some of the most manipulative people are so good at what they do that their words and actions can convince you into thinking they truly care about what’s best for you when in reality, it’s quite the opposite. The most common signs of a controlling person are rarely obvious to outside observers. And for someone enmeshed in a controlling relationship or friendship, it can be incredibly challenging to stay away from this toxic person, even if you’re aware of their emotionally abusive tendencies.

                                                    While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether to preserve or leave a lopsided, unfulfilling relationship, it’s nevertheless critical to understand the following six signs of controlling people so you can better advocate for yourself and mitigate the influence of their manipulative tendencies in your own life.

                                                    1. They Push Their Own Personal Agenda

                                                    Do you know someone who always tries to micromanage the words, behaviors, and attitudes of people around them? Does this person act like they have the right to know anything they want about you, including your location, what you’re doing in a given moment, who you’re talking to online, or any other private information about you? And when planning events and special occasions, does this person dominate conversations, steer plans in their own preferred directions, disparage others’ suggestions, and refuse to collaborate with anyone who might disagree with them?

                                                    If you answered “yes” to some of the above questions, then those are clear signs of a controlling person whom you absolutely need to be cautious around. Controlling people are reluctant to even consider alternative ideas, let alone enthusiastically work with people who have differing views. They prefer to be the captain of every ship—regardless of how much or how little an issue personally impacts them—and they have an arsenal of manipulative tactics to deploy if someone stands in the way of them achieving their own personal agendas.

                                                    In long-term relationships with controlling people, you may feel constantly pressured to meet their demands, follow their schedule, and focus on whatever they feel is most important. It’s not an exaggeration to say that these people act like the universe revolves around them, which can be exhausting to deal with for their family members, friends, and colleagues.

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                                                    2. They Make Everything Transactional

                                                    Controlling people aren’t always self-centered, but they’re not too empathetic either. Empathy for them tends to appear in the form of strategic concessions they use as a means to get what they want. They typically view interpersonal relationships as transactional opportunities to extract more value from people surrounding them, which can have a draining effect on those they interact with.

                                                    For example, one sign of a controlling person may be their insistence on “keeping score.” This can involve doing nice things for you with the ulterior motive of demanding something from you at a later date in exchange for what you thought was just an act of kindness or a friendly support.

                                                    Perhaps they shower you in praise (also known as “love-bombing”) or gifts then blow up at you if you don’t intuitively know they’re expecting something back from you. None of us are mind-readers, but controlling people behave as though everyone else should think and act like they want others to and those who fall out of line are punished for failing to meet their impossible expectations.

                                                    A controlling person may also threaten to withhold support if you don’t adhere to their demands, but they do so in such subtle ways that the guilt they impose blinds you from the unreasonable nature of their behaviors.

                                                    Some statements to be wary of include:

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                                                    • “I did ___________ for you. What do you mean you can’t do ___________ for me?”
                                                    • “Remember how I helped you with ___________? That took a lot of time and energy from me, but I guess you didn’t appreciate my help.”
                                                    • “I always give you ___________. Don’t you care about my needs too?”
                                                    • “You’re so selfish!” or “You don’t care about me at all!” (gaslighting if you respond with hesitation or politely decline their request for help for perfectly valid reasons, such as not having enough time or resources to assist them)

                                                    3. They Criticize Everything

                                                    One of the most common telltale signs of a controlling person is their capacity to criticize anything and everything, even small things that seemingly don’t matter. As with many toxic traits in relationships, these problems typically start out so small that you may not even notice. At first, you may even agree with their criticism or at least be able to understand their perspective when they bring up an issue.

                                                    However, the criticism tends to get more intense, more constant, and more perplexing for people who maintain relationships with controlling people. You’ll likely notice how they rarely seem to criticize something they do. It’s almost always other-oriented and these types of people are so manipulative that any rationale they offer can seem plausibly legitimate.

                                                    Some warning signs of a controlling person who’s overly critical to the point of abusiveness include:

                                                    • Criticizing things about you that you have little to no control over (e.g., appearance, disability, family)
                                                    • Criticizing your personal choices and interests, such as educational pursuits, career, clothing, favorite music, time spent on your hobbies, etc.
                                                    • Punishing you for expressing vulnerability by invalidating thoughts and feelings you share with them
                                                    • Attacking you whenever you express an opinion counter to theirs

                                                    4. They Balk When Someone Criticizes Them

                                                    We all know the adage, “what goes around, comes around.” But this statement doesn’t apply as much to toxic, controlling people. They’d much prefer to dish out criticism without ever having to take it in return.

                                                    For instance, if your friend constantly talks about your appearance with little regard for your emotions but flips out if you make just a single comment about their appearance, there’s a possibility that they could have some hidden controlling tendencies left unchecked. Remember, these people aren’t just controlling in their behaviors towards others. They’re also actively trying to stay in complete control over every aspect of their lives, which includes how others view them.

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                                                    This seemingly insatiable desire for control can prompt them to lash out against even the smallest bits of criticism, leaving people around them too weary or scared to speak up again in the future. While it’s possible they may suffer from something called rejection sensitivity dysphoria, this does not excuse them from the consequences of their words and actions. They should seek professional help to better manage their reactions to criticism.

                                                    5. They Socially Isolate You

                                                    Not all controlling people do this, but for manipulative narcissists, socially isolating victims is a go-to strategy for maintaining control because it’s effective at preventing people from truly understanding how toxic their partner, family member, or friend is treating them. Think of it this way—if you don’t talk to many other people in your life, there’s less of a risk that you’ll damage their reputation by revealing their abusive tendencies.

                                                    Socially isolating others also gives the person more control over you and your life as it becomes more difficult to break away from them if you don’t have other healthier channels of communication and interpersonal support to turn to.

                                                    This process doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it something you can readily recognize as abusive. At first, it may seem reasonable, such as asking you to stop engaging so often with family members with whom both of you disagree on major social or political issues. As the social isolation progresses, they may suggest cutting people out of your life—especially if they don’t like that person, regardless of how you personally feel—or even conjure up high-stakes problems like “it’s me or them” under the guise of saving you from people in your life whom they don’t like for whatever reason.

                                                    In a controlling person’s life narrative, they’re always the protagonist who’s incapable of any wrongdoing. The blame is always redirected at someone else, whether that’s you or other people in your life. The more they isolate you from other supportive people in your life, the more susceptible you’ll be to falsely believing that they’re right and you “don’t need” your other friends and family when you have someone as perfect as this person.

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                                                    6. They’re Emotionally Abusive

                                                    It’s hard enough to be in control of your own emotions but when someone else is constantly belittling you and your interests or leveraging guilt and shame to manipulate you into saying or doing what they want, this can make it even more challenging to stay in control of your own life and emotional well-being.

                                                    Emotional abuse is another sign of a controlling person that is often overlooked in relationships. After all, human personalities vary widely in terms of passivity, and it’s not uncommon for one person in a relationship to be significantly more passive than the other. This becomes an issue when the controlling partner or friend exudes signs of emotional abuse, which can start subtly and become much more pronounced over time.

                                                    Concerning signs of emotionally abusive language or behavior to watch out for include:

                                                    • Dismissing your needs and/or belittling your interests in counterproductive ways
                                                    • Privately or publicly shaming or humiliating you
                                                    • Making you feel as though you can never live up to their expectations or do anything right (according to their own vague, subjective standards)
                                                    • Gaslighting you into thinking they said or did something that never actually happened (making you question your own reality)

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    It’s sometimes hard to see the negative things about someone with whom we have a relationship. We may sometimes unconsciously overlook the signs of a controlling person, especially if that person is someone we have known for a long time or are close to us. However, cutting them off your life is the best thing you can do for yourself. Just watch out for these six signs of a controlling person and take immediate action when you spot them.

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