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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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                                                    What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                                                    What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                                                    Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

                                                    You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

                                                    This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

                                                    What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

                                                    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

                                                    Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

                                                    There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

                                                    How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

                                                    When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

                                                    Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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                                                    1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

                                                    One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

                                                    The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

                                                    Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

                                                    2. Be Honest

                                                    A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

                                                    If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

                                                    On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

                                                    Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

                                                    3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

                                                    Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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                                                    If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

                                                    4. Succeed at Something

                                                    When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

                                                    Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

                                                    5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

                                                    Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

                                                    Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

                                                    If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

                                                    If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

                                                    Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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                                                    6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

                                                    Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

                                                    You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

                                                    On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

                                                    You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

                                                    7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

                                                    Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

                                                    Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

                                                    Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

                                                    When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

                                                    Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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                                                    In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

                                                    Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

                                                    It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

                                                    The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

                                                    Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

                                                    Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

                                                    Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

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                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
                                                    [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
                                                    [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
                                                    [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
                                                    [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
                                                    [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
                                                    [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
                                                    [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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