Movies have the ability to whisk us away into worlds we never imagined, explore new ideas and gain a new perspective on life. Here are fourteen movie quotes that do all of this and more!
Vision, Avengers: Age of Ultron
"Maybe I am a monster. I don't think I'd know if I were one. I'm not what you are and not what you intended. So there may be no way to make you trust me. But we need to go."
In just a few sentences, Vision both acknowledges his naivety and shows his wisdom in admitting that he doesn't have all the answers. But he doesn't let that stop him from stepping up to the task he was designed for: saving the human race. Whether Ultron intended it or not, Vision is just as human as the rest of us.
Sister Husband, Where the Heart Is
"Home is where your history begins. Home is where they catch you when you fall."
Sister's simple perspective on the world perfectly encapsulates what a home should look like. A warm, safe place where nothing is perfect, but everyone is loved. Where compassion and laughter are abundant - that's where the heart is.
Arwen Undomiel, The Return of the King
"From the ashes, a fire shall be woken. A light from the shadow shall spring. Renewed shall be blade that was broken. The crownless again shall be king."
Arwen doesn't believe that anyone is past hope or redemption. She holds fast to the promise that renewal comes to those who are willing. No matter how broken or battered someone might be, there's always potential for them to rise up and become the person they were always meant to be.
Mufasa, The Lion King
"Simba, I'm only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble."
Mufasa demonstrates that bravery and cockiness are two different things. While he isn't afraid to defend and protect his subjects from harm, he's wise enough to keep out of trouble he needn't bother with. This important leadership quality comes from being secure in who you are and not allowing your emotions to get the best of you.
Kate, A Knight's Tale
"Hope guides me. It is what gets me through the day and especially the night. The hope that after you're gone from my sight it will not be the last time I look upon you."
Kate clings to the hope that she will be reunited with her loved ones. She learns to carry her memories with her and to cherish them, even if she's grieving. She lives her life with purpose and looks forward to the day when she will see them again.
Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
"I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I'm going to take a stand. I'm going to defend it. Right or wrong, I'm going to defend it."
After allowing himself to be pressured and beat down by his circumstances his entire life, Cameron makes this powerful statement, announcing to his friends that he's taking his life back. He decides that enough's enough and he can't afford to drag his feet for another second. As a result, a burden is lifted from him and he can finally begin to live well. This kind of attitude has the ability to empower and redefine anyone looking to change their life for the better.
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
"Never judge things by their appearance... even carpetbags."
The world's most whimsical nanny gives this important piece of advice that people tend to ignore in today's world. You can't know someone just by how they look. You can only know someone by knowing them. And, just like Jane and Michael, maybe we can take this medicine with a spoonful of sugar.
Hub McCann, Secondhand Lions
"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love...true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in."
Hub's "What Every Boy Needs to Know About Being a Man" speech has nuggets of truth for everyone in it. After living a life of adventure and heartbreak, Hub doesn't hesitate when asked what really matters. He firmly believes that there's good in the world and that it's worth fighting for.
William Pitt the Younger, Amazing Grace
"We're too young to realize certain things are impossible. Which is why we will do them anyway."
William echoes the sentiments of every bright-eyed dreamer desiring radical change for the better in our world. Without being impeded by doubt or reluctance, we are able to achieve things our parents and grandparents never dreamed were possible.
Colin Clark, My Week With Marilyn
"Here's what I remember most: her embrace. Her belief in me. And the joy she gave. That was her gift. When I think of her now, I think of that time when a dream came true. And my only talent was not to close my eyes."
Every now and then, through the course of our lives, we meet someone who impacts us in such a way that it alters who we are and how we see the world from then on. If we're lucky, we might even get the chance to impact someone ourselves. Colin's remarks about Marilyn are both a sweet picture of who she was and a reminder to take care. You never know when you could impact someone permanently.
Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
"Perhaps I didn't always love him as well as I do now, but in such cases as these a good memory is unpardonable."
Sometimes we make a hasty judgment of someone, only to regret it when we actually get to know them. It can be pretty embarrassing to recall the things we said or thought about them, especially if others bring it up. But Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are classic proof that such assumptions can be overcome when love is the order of the day.
Walt Disney, Saving Mr. Banks
"George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again."
Walt hits upon a core part of why writers exist in the first place. Life often gets thrown off-balance and doesn't make sense. But sometimes we can find peace in writing a happier ending for ourselves than what life gave us. Does it change reality? No. But it changes us.
Lilo, Lilo and Stitch
"'Ohana' means 'family'. 'Family' means 'no one gets left behind'."
Lilo's tender heart proves to be exactly what Stitch needs to find the goodness his friend sees in him. She loves him unconditionally and trusts him to be there for her. They are proof that love isn't limited by what you can get from the other person, but is set free when you give.
Jean Valjean, Les Miserables
"You are wrong, and always have been wrong. I'm a man no worse than any man. You are free and there are no conditions. No bargains or petitions. There's nothing that I blame you for. You've done your duty, nothing more."
Jean Valjean's forgiveness of his former captor speaks volumes in a world where revenge is the preferred path. He spares Javert's life and lets him go, knowing full well that Javert will come after him again at the earliest opportunity. But Valjean shows that a clear conscience, unburdened by the desire to retaliate, is worth more than anything.
While each of these movies are diverting and filled with amazing acting, the truth they impart goes above and beyond the call of entertainment. They show us that hope, integrity and love not only exist in the movies, but are real and here for the taking.