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Seeking motivation: 10 inspiring movie quotes to lift your spirits

Movies provide us with the escape after a tiring day at work, remind us to be stronger when life gets rough and teach us many important lessons that motivate us to become our best selves.
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“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?”

This is one of the brilliant pieces of advice, John Keating shared with his students in the movie Dead Poet’s Society. But its impact was felt by audiences worldwide. It taught us a valuable lesson—life is meaningless without a purpose. All we have to do is find out what it is. Once we do that, we’ll know who we are and what we are about. Now, this is just one example. There are thousands of movies out there with invaluable lessons that can change the way we look at life.

A few good lines from a movie has the power to change our views about life. This is the level of influence a movie can have on us. A good movie can entertain, educate and inspire people in more ways than one. The words make us think as they inspire us to help others, bring a positive change in our lives, and do something good for humanity. What’s more, they provide us with the escape after a tiring day at work, remind us to be stronger when life gets rough and teach us many important lessons that motivate us to become our best selves.

Here are a few quotes from movies that can provide you with a motivation boost when you need a pick-me-up.

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

How we feel about ourselves dictates how we perceive the world around us. Our perception guides our actions and responses. To build a long-lasting relationship with others, we need to first develop a healthy relationship with ourselves. It means accepting yourself for who you are. The calmer we are, the clearer is our vision of the world and the people we want to be with. Inner peace allows us to eliminate negative, futile and restless thinking, and focus on the positive aspects of lives, which helps in building a true connection with others.

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

We all have past memories we want to forget. We’ve made choices that we aren’t particularly proud of. However, they also have shown us the way to improve and become better. Something that shaped us into who we are today. Yes, it can be tough to relive painful events. But ignoring them or running from them doesn’t benefit us either. It is for us to make that choice.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

Life is unpredictable. There are good days and bad. Sometimes, just when you think you have it all figured out, something comes along and turns it all upside down. While planning and preparing can certainly lessen your worry, there are certain situations wherein you can do nothing but spectate. On the other hand, there are also times when life can offer you a surprise when you least expect it. Like a lifeline, it can keep you afloat and give you the reason to keep going. Hence, no matter what, live every moment, enjoy life to the maximum, and stop worrying about things you have no control over.

“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.” –  The Pursuit of Happyness

Never give up on your dreams. Fight for them if you have to because the road to success is never easy. You may come across obstacles you haven’t planned for, get discouraged by your peers, and your inner critic may be telling you to stop. But if you want to achieve your goal, keep going. This is how you achieve success in life.

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

We are so busy in our day-to-day activities that we rarely take a moment to enjoy what life has to offer. Often, we forget to stop and take a look around until it’s too late. This is why we should take regular breaks from our daily schedule and spend time doing things that make us happy. Be it being with your family, hanging out with friends or simply relaxing somewhere quiet. You have only one life, live it fully.

“You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.” – Alice in Wonderland

If you want to live a fulfilling life, stop putting someone else’s needs ahead of your own. Don’t live to please others. This does nothing but take you off from the driving seat of your life. You lose all the credibility as you become a spectator of your own life. So, starting today, stop pretending to agree with others when you feel differently. Say ‘no’ to things that you don’t want to do and take the blame when it isn’t your fault. Be the author of your life and write your own destiny.

“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

Winners don’t complain or blame others when they don’t succeed. They focus on getting better no matter what situation they find themselves in. They may face one failure after another. But it only motivates them to work even harder. They think of the solutions, and not dwell on the problems. If you want to move forward in life, do not let the fear of failure stop you from realising your potential. Keep trying until you succeed.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Time is the most valuable resource at our disposal. How you spend your time is how you spend your life. Learn to prioritise what matters to you and go after it. There is no point in wasting your time on things or activities that don’t make you happy. Time is limited, once passed, you’ll never get it back.

“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?” – Cast Away

Hope is what keeps us going in life. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, having hope that tomorrow will be better can help us get through the period. It makes a situation bearable. It fills our lives with positivity as envisioning a better future motivates us to take the steps to make it happen. It reduces stress, increases happiness and improves the quality of our life.

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” — Good Will Hunting

We’ve all had days that we simply want to forget. Nothing worked as expected and at the end of the day, all we can do is curse our luck. To motivate ourselves, we say things like “look on the brighter side” or “things will get better.” Though it may seem like a waste of time, this is exactly what we need to uplift our spirits. Sometimes, bad things open our eyes to opportunities we weren’t paying attention to.

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