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40 Inspiring Quotes From Movies of All Genres

The best movies don’t just entertain you for an hour or two. They also leave you with memorable nuggets of wisdom that you can recall at important moments in your life. If you’re a movie buff like me, you’ll love this list of inspiring quotes from movies.

We’ve combed through movies from different genres to come up with my all-time favorite lines that are insightful, hard-hitting, and beautifully written. Take a look at these unforgettable and inspiring quotes from movies to uplift your day and feel like you can do anything!

40 Inspiring Quotes from Movies

Wonder Woman

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#1. “Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky Balboa from the movie Rocky Balboa
#2. “I think some people are too scared, or something. I guess it’s hard for people who are so used to things the way they are — even if they’re bad — to change. ‘Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses.” – Trevor McKinney from the movie Pay It Forward
#3. “I’ve touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they’ll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give… for the world I know can be. This is my mission now. Forever.” – Diana Prince from the movie Wonder Woman
#4. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf from the movie The Lord of the Rings
#5. “How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.” – Shuri from the movie Black Panther
#6. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Dumbledore from the movie Harry Potter
#7. “You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” – Merida from the movie Brave
#8. “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.” – Christopher Gardner from the movie The Pursuit of Happyness
#9. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
#10. “But honor, that’s the real reason you either do something or you don’t. It’s who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that’s pretty good. I think that’s what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.” – Michael Oher from the movie The Blind Side

Batman Begins

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#11. “Why do we fall, Sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – Alfred Pennyworth from the movie Batman Begins
#12. “My mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.” – Forrest Gump from the movie Forrest Gump
#13. “At some point, you’ve got to decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.” – Juan from the movie Moonlight
#14. “Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voila! … Now, you might not feel like you can do much now, but that’s just because, well, you’re not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You’re still a seed.” – Flik from the movie A Bug’s Life
#15. “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” – Patrick Verona from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You
#16. “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” – Elizabeth Gilbert from the movie Eat, Pray, Love
#17. “Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne from the movie The Shawshank Redemption
#18. “When you’re down here in the crowd and you look up, it looks pretty big and you don’t think about it too much. But when you get a different vantage point, it changes your perspective.” – Neil Armstrong from the movie First Man
#19. “We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” – T’Challa from the movie Black Panther
#20. “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” – Mufasa from the movie The Lion King


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#21. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always.” – Gandhi from the movie Gandhi
#22. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh from the movie Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure
#23. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean
#24. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki from the movie The Lion King
#25. “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 from the movie Life of Pi
#26. “The greatest teacher, failure is.” – Yoda from the movie Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
#27. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” – Mary Poppins from the movie Mary Poppins
#28. “Your focus needs more focus.” – Mr. Miyagi from the movie The Karate Kid
#29. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street
#30. “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” – Mario Puzo from the movie The Godfather

Good Will Hunting

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#31. “Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.” – Sean Maguire from the movie Good Will Hunting
#32. “You must remember this: A heart is not judged by how much you love but by how much you are loved by others.” – The Wizard from the movie The Wizard of Oz
#33. “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 from the movie The Sandlot
#34. “A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” – Niki Lauda from the movie Rush
#35. “If we didn’t do what we loved, we wouldn’t exist.” – Adonis from the movie Creed II
#36. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” – Toulouse-Lautrec from the movie Moulin Rouge
#37. “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” – Dumbledore from the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
#38. “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” – William Wallace from the movie Braveheart
#39. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump from the movie Forrest Gump
#40. “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” – Professor X from the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past


Despite all the flak that movies get, there are some real gems out there that are worth watching and rewatching. What are your favorite inspiring quotes from movies?

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