100 Most Insightful & Inspiring Movie Quotes Of All Time

inspiring movie quotes of all time

Most movie Directors, Writers, Producers, Actors, Actresses and several others who are involved with the process of creating a film, take great pride in “inspiring others”. Many of them, claim this is the “why” behind their reason for why they chose to do what they do, simply put, to “inspire”. That being said, many of the greatest films of all time served to hit the right chords within the inner realm of our souls, and have often touched us deeply. Movies can evoke raw emotion and move us with their powerful storylines, and some climaxes have been known to change people’s lives forever. In fact, we can usually remember the exact scene where an inspiring quote was stated, from our favorite movies which hit us hardest. Whether it be biographies, romantic films, thrillers, dramas, true stories or pretty well any genre, to each their own, one thing’s for sure, movies can bring out the best in us. The one’s we can profoundly relate to, tend to give us the most breath taking, sensation giving, eye popping, heart quenching, “awe” striking tingles and rushes that can truly kick us into gear. But whichever the case, from old to new, these are the 100 MOST INSPIRING MOVIE QUOTES of all time that seemed to make the grandest splash on most audiences!

1.) “I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life.” – Rocky Balboa/Sylvester Stallone (Rocky)



2.) “We can’t run from who we are, our destiny chooses us.” – Professor Petrovsky/Martin Landau (The Rounders



3.) “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” – Robin Williams/Patch Adams (Patch Adams)



4.) “They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating/Robin Williams (Dead Poet’s Society)



5.) “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship and family. These are the things that matter.” – Robin Williams/Patch Adams (Patch Adams)



6.) “Brothers, what we do in life, echoes an eternity.” – Maximus Decimus Meridius/Russell Crowe (Gladiator)



7.) “Everything will be alright in the end so if it is not alright it is not the end.” – Sonny Kapoor/Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)



8.) “Sometimes it is the people who no one images anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” – Alan Turning/Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)



9.) “Maybe sometimes people need to see someone do it so they can do it themselves.” – Jim Braddock/Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man)



10.) “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne/Tim Robbins (The ShawShank Redemption)



11.) “Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.” – President Snow/Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games)



12.) “Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life. The only thing I’m asking you guys to leave on the table… is what’s right.” – Rocky Balboa/Sylvester Stallone (Rocky)



13.) “Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Mrs Gump/Sally Field in Forrest (Forrest Gump)



14.) “Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” – Phil Connors/Bill Murray (Groundhog Day)



15.) “I have to believe that when things are bad, you an change them.” – Jim Braddock/Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man)



16.) “Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think every thing you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned” – Tyler Durden/Brad Pitt (Fight Club)



17.) “They want to see your pride, your dignity. Because then they’ll see it in themselves.” – Branch Rickey/Harrison Ford (42)



18.) “You know what this is? This is a Fuck You to me and everyone in this class. I don’t want excuses. I know what you’re up against. We’re all of us up against something. So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. And you are not failing.” – Erin Gruwell/Hilary Swank (The Freedom Writers)



19.) “Exactly. Parker’s a young kid, pretty good on the sax. Gets up to play at a cutting session, and he fucks it up. And Jones nearly decapitates him for it. And he’s laughed off-stage. Cries himself to sleep that night, but the next morning, what does he do? He practices. And he practices and he practices with one goal in mind, never to be laughed at again. And a year later, he goes back to the Reno and he steps up on that stage, and plays the best motherf**kng solo the world has ever heard. So imagine if Jones had just said: “Well, that’s okay, Charlie. That was all right. Good job. “And then Charlie thinks to himself, “Well, shit, I did do a pretty good job.” End of story. No Bird. That, to me, is an absolute tragedy.” – Terence Fletcher/J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)



20.) “Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!” – Howard Hughes/Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator)



21.) “In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody. Except yourself.” – Fortune/Charles S. Dutton (Rudy)



22.) “Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end none of us has very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting start streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish, and think of me. Make your life spectacular.” – Robin Williams/Jack (Jack)



23.) “Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.” – John Nash/Russell Crowe(A Beautiful Mind)



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



25.) “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?” – Chuck Noland/Tom Hanks (Cast Away)



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



27.) “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Ian Wallace/Oliver James (What a Girl Wants)


28.) “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller/Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)



29.) “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” Professor Xavier/Patrick Stewart (X-Men Days of Future Past)




30.) “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.” – Noah/Ryan Gosling (The Notebook)



31.) “Life’s this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small — I mean one-half a step too late, or too early, and you don’t quite make it. One-half second too slow, too fast, you don’t quite catch it.” -Tony D’Amato/Al Pacino (Any Given Sunday)



32.) “You don’t have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you. And you… still… can change everything.” – Emmett Brickowski/Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie)



33.) “There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” Eddie Redmayne/Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything)



34.) “We are who we choose to be.” – Green Goblin/Norman Osborne (Spider-Man)



35.) “Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift that you’ll never know how to use until you fight for it.” – Harry Mitchell/Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau)



36.) “There are many points in life when we cannot see what awaits us around the corner, and it is precisely at such times, when our path forward is unclear, that we must bravely keep our nerve, resolutely putting one foot before the other as we march blindly into the dark.” The Hundred-Foot Journey



37.) “We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.” – Cooper/Mathew McConaughey (Interstellar)




38.) “Most of life’s burdens, with a little help, can become a gift” – Master Gregory/Jeff Bridges (Seventh Son)




38.)”I look around at us and you know what I see? Losers. I mean, like, folks who have lost stuff. And we have, man, we have, all of us. Homes, and our families, normal lives. And you think life takes more than it gives, but not today. Today it’s giving us something. It is giving us a chance.” Peter Quill/Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy)




39.) “Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.” Martin Luther King Jr./David Oyelowo (Selma)



40.) “Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you’re not supposed to question adults, or your coach, or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don’t. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn’t at least one of the 600 guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that’s pretty salty stuff. That’s why courage it’s tricky.” Michael Oher/Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side)



41.) “This is what I believe to be true. This is what I learned in the hospital. You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” Pat/Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)



42.) “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” – Patrick Verona/Heath Ledger (10 Things I Hate About You)



43.) “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do.” – Lucas/Rory Cochrane (Empire Records)



44.) “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” – Professor Albus Dumbledore/Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)



45.) “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/Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness)



46.) “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.” – Walter Mitty/Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)



47.) “You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.” – White Queen/Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland)



48.) “After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are.” – Shrek/Mike Myers(Shrek)



49.) “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.” – Hank Chinaski/Matt Dillon(Factotum)



50.) “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf/Sir Ian Mckellan (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)



51.) “It’s what you do right now that makes a difference.” – Struecker/Brain Van Holt (Black Hawk Down)



52.) “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – Benjamin Button/Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)



53.) “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” – Don Vito Carleone/Marlon Brando (The Godfather)



54.) “My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better.” – Sherlock Holmes/Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)



55.) “What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed–fully understood–that sticks.” Cobb/Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)



56.) “The main thing is: Pay attention, pay attention to everything, everything you see. Notice what no one else notices, and you’ll see what no one else knows. What you get is what you get, what you do with what you get, that’s more the point.” – Loris Harrow/Tim Robbins (City of Ember)



57.) “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Sean Maguire/Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)



58.) “We walk away from our dreams afraid we may fail, or worse yet, afraid we may succeed.” – Sean Connery/William Forrester (Finding Forrester)



59.) “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” — Viggo Mortensen/Aragorn (Lord Of The Rings)



60.) “We’re going to live like we’re telling the best story in the whole world. Are you ready?” — Penelope Stamp/Rachel Weisz (The Brothers Bloom)



61.) “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Van Wilder/Ryan Reynold (Van Wilder)



62.) “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – John Keating/Robin Williams (Dead Poet’s Society) 



63.) “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” – William Wallace/Mel Gibson (Braveheart)



64.) “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.” – Bilbo Baggins (Lord Of The Rings)



65.) “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.” – Richard/Leonardo DiCaprio (The Beach)



66.) “Only if you find peace within yourself will you find true connection with others.” – (Before Sunrise)


67.) “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.” – (All the King’s Men)



68.) “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Sean Maguire/Robin Williams (Goodwill Hunting)



69.) “I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.” – Algren/Tom Cruise (The LAst Sumarai)



70.) “We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.” – Dalai Lama/Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk (Seven years In Tibet)



71.) “Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.” – Pi Patel/Irrfan Khan (Life Of Pi)



72.) “To infinity and beyond.” – Buzz Lightyear/Tim Allen (Toy Story)



73.) “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.” – Batman/Christian Bale (Dark Knight)



74.) “I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a lonely road, and it is not over yet. I know that my country, was not made to be a land of hatred. No one is born hating another person because the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.” – Nelson Mandela/Idris Elba (Mandela/Long Walk To Freedom)



75.) “It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.” – Doc/Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future 3)



76.) “A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.” – Maude/Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude)



77.) “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” – Sam/Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings)



78.) “Life is too short to be wondering, ‘What if?’” – Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart)



79.) “The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” – Bob Harris/Bill Murray (Lost In Translation)



80.) “They don’t make you what you are, you do. You are what you choose to be.” – Dean McCoppin/Harry Connick Jr.(The Iron Giant)



81.) “You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries, they only asked one question after a man died, ‘Did he have passion?’’” – Dean Kansky/Jeremy Piven (Serendipity) 



82.) “Be deliriously happy or at least leave yourself open to be.” – William Parish/Anthony Hopkins (Meet Joe Black)



83.) “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.” – Benjamin Button/Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)



84.) “Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didnt let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasnt one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman – you’re perfect!” – Coach Gary Gaines/Billy Bob Thornton (Friday Night Lights) 



85.) “Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.” – Babe Ruth/Art LaFleur (The Sandlot)



86.) “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor/Pat Morita (Mulan)



87.)“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’” – Carter Chambers/Morgan Freeman (The Bucket List)



88.) “The accident is your training. Life is a choice. You can choose to be a victim or anything else you’d like to be.” – Socrates/Nick Nolte (The Peaceful Warrior)



89.) “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Coach Carter/Samuel L. Jackson (Coach Carter)



90.) “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 DeMarco/Johnny Depp (Don Juan DeMarco)



91.) “I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.” – Christopher McCandless/Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild)



92.) “To make a fighter you gotta strip them down to bare wood: you can’t just tell ’em to forget everything you know if you gotta make ’em forget even their bones… make ’em so tired they only listen to you, only hear your voice, only do what you say and nothing else… show ’em how to keep their balance and take it away from the other guy… how to generate momentum off their right toe and how to flex your knees when you fire a jab… how to fight backin’ up so that the other guy doesn’t want to come after you. Then you gotta show ’em all over again. Over and over and over… till they think they’re born that way.” – Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris?Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby)



93.) “Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.” – Frank Abagnale Sr./Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me if You Can)



94.) “The unhappiest people of the world are retired – no purpose. What makes life mean something is purpose – a goal, a battle, a struggle.” – Richard M. Nixon/Anthony Hopkins (Nixon)



95.) “Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don’t have our dreams, we have nothing.” – Charles Farmer/Billy Bob Thornton  (The Astronaut Farmer) 



96.) “Fear is not what’s important, it’s how you deal with it. It would be like asking a marathon runner if they feel pain. It’s not a matter of whether you feel it, it’s how you manage it.” (War Photographer) 



97.) “We’re all faced throughout our lives with agonizing decisions, moral choices. Some are on a grand scale, most of these choices are on lesser points.  But we define ourselves by the choices we have made.  We are in fact the sum total of our choices.” – Bill Bernstein (Crimes And Misdemeanours) 



98.) “Machines never come with any extra parts, you know.  They always come with the exact amount they need.  So, I figured that if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.” – Hugo Cabret/Asa Butterfield (Hugo)



99.) “To those who fight for it, life has a flavour the sheltered will never know.” – Wise Man/Scott Glenn (Sucker Punch)



100.) “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – Nelson Madela/Morgan Freeman (Invictus) 


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