20 Inspirational Movie Quotes That Will Transform Your Life

Movies are a powerful medium that can thrill you, make you laugh, bring you to tears, send out a powerful social message, and act as a source of hope and inspiration. Throughout the history of cinema, there have been many motivational movies that have caught the imagination of audiences with their nuanced characters, excellent writing and gripping screenplay, with some of the notable ones being Rocky, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Shawshank Redemption, The King’s Speech, Braveheart, Forrest Gump, and Hidden Figures.

Most of these movies are characterized by powerful dialogue, standout performances, and have more than one inspirational quote that could raise the spirits of even the most downcast and dejected person in this world. Here are 20 motivational quotes from such movies that will teach you invaluable life lessons and instill you with hope and courage to never give up:

20. Selma

Our lives are not fully lived if if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


19. The Wolf of Wall Street

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ~ Jordan Belfort


18. The Lion King

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” ~ Rafiki


17. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda


16. The Notebook

“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.”


15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices”

                                                                                    ~ Albus Dumbledore       


14. Mulan

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” 

                                                                                                  ~ The Emperor                                                                                                   emperor-of-china

13. It’s a Wonderful Life

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” ~ Clarence the angel


12. Mean Girls

“Calling someone fat doesn’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesnt make you any smarter. All you can do in life is try and solve the problem in front of you.” ~ Cady


11. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”   

                                                                                                       ~ Gandalf  


10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” ~ Ferris


9. The Imitation Game

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”


8. Cast Away

“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                                                                                                          


7. The Godfather

“Great men are not born great, they grow great.” ~ Don Corleone


6. Rocky Balboa

“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


5. Braveheart

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” ~ William Wallace


4. Gladiator

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” ~ Maximus


3. The Shawshank Redemption

“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”                                                                                                                                  ~ Andy Dufresne


2. The Pursuit of Happyness

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


1. The Theory of Everything

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. 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.”                                                                                                                             ~ Stephen Hawking



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