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

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                                                    How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                                    How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                                    We live in a world that constantly tells us what to do, how to act, what to be. Knowing how to be true to yourself and live the life you want can be a challenge.

                                                    When someone asks how we are, we assume that the person does not mean the question sincerely, for it would lead to an in depth conversation. So telling them that you are good or fine, even if you’re not, is the usual answer.

                                                    In an ideal world, we would stop and truly listen. We wouldn’t be afraid to be ourselves. Instead, when we answer about how we are doing, our mask, the persona we show the world, tightens. Sometimes even more so than it might have been before. Eventually, it becomes hard to take off, even when you’re alone.

                                                    Imagine a world where we asked how someone was doing and they really told us. Imagine a world where there were no masks, only transparency when we talked to one another.

                                                    If you want to live in a world that celebrates who you are, mistakes and all, take off the mask. It doesn’t mean you have to be positive or fine all the time.

                                                    According to a Danish psychologist, Svend Brinkman, we expect each other to be happy and fine every second, and we expect it of ourselves. And that “has a dark side.”[1] Positive psychology can have its perks but not at the expense at hiding how you truly feel in order to remain seemingly positive to others.

                                                    No one can feel positive all the time and yet, that is what our culture teaches us to embrace. We have to unlearn this. That said, telling others you are ‘“fine”’ all the time is actually detrimental to your wellbeing, because it stops you from being assertive, from being authentic or your truest self.

                                                    When you acknowledge a feeling, it leads you to the problem that’s causing that feeling; and once you identify the problem, you can find a solution to it. When you hide that feeling, you stuff it way down so no one can help you.You can’t even help yourself.

                                                    Feelings are there for one reason: to be felt. That doesn’t mean you have to act on that feeling. It just means that you start the process of problem solving so you can live the life you want.

                                                    1. Embrace Your Vulnerability

                                                    When you are your true self, you can better self-advocate or stand up for what you need. Your self-expression matters, and you should value your voice. It’s okay to need things, it’s okay to speak up, and it’s okay not to be okay.

                                                    Telling someone you are simply “fine” when you are not, does your story and your journey a great disservice. Being true to yourself entails embracing all aspects of your existence.

                                                    When you bring your whole self to the table, there is nothing that you can’t beat. Here’re 7 benefits of being vulnerable you should learn.

                                                    Can you take off the mask? This is the toughest thing anyone can do. We have learned to wait until we are safe before we start to be authentic.

                                                    In relationships especially, this can be hard. Some people avoid vulnerability at any cost. And in our relationship with ourselves, we can look in the mirror and immediately put on the mask.

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                                                    It all starts with your story. You have been on your own unique journey. That journey has led you here, to the person you are today. You have to be unafraid, and embrace all aspects of that journey.

                                                    You should seek to thrive, not just survive. That means you do not have to compete or compare yourself with anyone.

                                                    Authenticity means you are enough. It’s enough to be who you are to get what you want.

                                                    What if for the first time ever, you were real? What if you said what you wanted to say, did what you wanted to do, and didn’t apologize for it?

                                                    You were assertive, forthcoming in your opinions or actions to stand for what is right for you, (rather than being passive or aggressive) in doing so. You didn’t let things get to you. You knew you had something special to offer.

                                                    That’s where we all should be.

                                                    So, answer me this:

                                                    How are you, really?

                                                    And know that no matter the answer, you should still be accepted.

                                                    Bravery is in the understanding that you still may not be accepted for your truth.

                                                    Bravery is knowing you matter even when others say that you do not.

                                                    Bravery is believing in yourself when all evidence counters doing so (i.e. past failures or losses)

                                                    Bravery is in being vulnerable while knowing vulnerability is a sign of strength.

                                                    It’s taking control.

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                                                    2. Choose Your Attitude in Adversity

                                                    You can take control of your destiny and live the life you want by being true to yourself. You can start anytime. You can start today.

                                                    You can start with one day at a time, just facing what happens that day. Most of us get overwhelmed when faced with the prospect of a big change. Even if the only thing we change is our attitude.

                                                    In one instant, you can become a different person with a change of attitude. When you take control of your attitude, you become able to better understand what is around you. This allows you to move forward.

                                                    Originally, you may have had a life plan. It could have started when you were little; you were hoping to become a mermaid, doctor, astronaut or all three when you grew up. You were hoping to be someone. You were hoping to be remembered.

                                                    You can still dream those dreams, but eventually reality sets in. Obstacles and struggles arise. You set on a different path when the last one didn’t work out. You think of all the “shoulds” in your life in living the life you want. You should be doing this…should be doing that…

                                                    Clayton Barbeau, psychologist, coined the term “shoulding yourself.’[2] When we are set on one path and find ourselves doing something different. It becomes all the things you should be doing rather than seeing the opportunities right in front of you.

                                                    But in all this disarray, did you lose sight of the real you?

                                                    It may be in our perceived failures and blunders that we lose sight of who we are, because we try to maintain position and status.

                                                    In being who we really are and achieving what we really want, we need to be resilient: How to Build Resilience to Face What Life Throws at You

                                                    It means that we do not see all possibilities of what might happen, but must trust ourselves to begin again, and continue to build the life we want. In the face of adversity, you must choose your attitude.

                                                    Can attitude overcome adversity? It certainly helps. While seeking to be true to yourself and live the life you want, you will have to face a fact:

                                                    Change will happen.

                                                    Whether that change is good or bad is unique to each person and their perspective.

                                                    You might have to start over, once, twice, a few times. It doesn’t mean that everything will be okay, but that you will be okay. What remains or should remain is the true you. When you’ve lost sight of that, you’ve lost sight of everything.

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                                                    And then, you rebuild. Moment after moment, day after day. We all have a choice, and in this moment, that matters.

                                                    You can choose to have a positive attitude, seeing the silver lining in each situation and, where there is none, the potential for one. Maybe that silver lining is you and what you will do with the situation. How will you use it for something good?

                                                    That’s how you can tap into yourself and your power. Sometimes it happens by accident, sometimes on purpose. It can happen when we aren’t even looking for it, or it can be your only focus. Everyone gets there differently.

                                                    You can rise, or you can remain. Your choice.

                                                    When the worst happens, you can rely on your authenticity to pull you through. That’s because Self Advocacy, speaking up to let others know what you need, is part of finding the real you.

                                                    There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Or sometimes, helping others can help us deal with the pain of a hurtful situation. You decide how you’re going to help others, and suddenly, you become your best self.

                                                    3. Do What Makes You Happy When No One’s Looking

                                                    Being the best version of you has nothing to do with your success or your status. It has everything to do with your Character, what you do when no one’s looking.

                                                    In order to create the life you want, you have to be the person you want to be. Faking it till you make it is just a way to white knuckle it through your journey. You have the fire inside of you to make things right, to put the pieces together, to live authentically. And Character is how you get there.

                                                    If you fall down and you help another up while you’re down there, it’s like you rise twice.

                                                    Along with attitude, your character is about the choices you make rather than what happens to you.

                                                    Yes, it’s about doing the right thing even when obstacles seem insurmountable.  It’s about using that mountain you’ve been given to show others it can be moved.  It’s about being unapologetically you, taking control, choosing your attitude in adversity and being the best version of you to create the life you want.

                                                    How do you know what you really want? Is it truly status or success?

                                                    Unfortunately, these things do not always bring happiness. And aspects of our image or “performance driven existence” may not achieve satisfaction. Materialism is part of our refusal to accept ourselves as enough. All the things we use to repress our true selves are about being enough.

                                                    “Enoughness” is what we truly seek, but ego gets in the way.

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                                                    Ego is the perception of self as outer worth. It’s not REAL self worth.

                                                    Ego represses our true self with a new self— the self of chasing ‘“Am I ever enough?”’ questions. And instead of filling our true selves with self-love and acceptance, when we “should ourselves” and chase “enoughness,” we feed the ego or our image.

                                                    It’s important to realize YOU ARE ENOUGH, without all the material trappings.

                                                    Stanford psychologist Meagan O’Reilly describes the damage of not thinking we are enough. One of her tactics for combating this is to complete the sentence,[3]

                                                    “If I believed I were already enough, I’d ____”

                                                    What would you do if you felt you were enough?

                                                    By believing you are enough, you can live the life you want.

                                                    So many fake it to try to get there, and they end up losing themselves when they lose more and more touch with their Authenticity.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    By being yourself, you are being brave. By acknowledging all you can be, you tell the universe that you can until you believe it too. The steps are easy, and you are worth it. All of it is about the purpose you are leading and the passion that is your fuel.

                                                    Being true to yourself is all about mastering how to live life authentically rather than faking or forcing it. Having the life you want (and deserve) is about being trusting in yourself and the purpose you are living for. Both need passion behind it, fueling it each second, or you will experience burn out.

                                                    When you are authentic, you can call the road you walk your own. When you live your life for you and not just the results of all your actions (faking it till you make it), you can let go of what you don’t need. This clarifies and pushes purpose to you, living for something that is greater than you.

                                                    You will find that making decisions based on what will actually achieve your goals, will help you attain the life you want, and your success with each step, will allow you to enjoy the process. Good luck!

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