The 20 Most Inspirational Movie Quotes

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Need an inspiring movie quote to post on your mirror or for your next selfie caption on Instagram? Look no further! We have 20 of the most inspirational movie quotes to choose from, from all of your favorite movie genres. In addition to quotes from your favorite inspiring sports movies, we've also included movie quotes about life from biopics, Disney movies, movies old and new, and even a few science and technology-themed movies.

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Protecting Your Dreams: The Pursuit of Happyness

A screenshot of a scene from the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.


Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right?
You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period. — Christopher Gardner

This quote comes from a scene in which the main character, Christopher Gardner, imparts a bit of fatherly advice to his young son, Christopher, Jr. 

The advice is the crux of the movie, as it's the story of a man who works to provide for his son and protect his own dreams in the midst of many obstacles and struggles. 

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Find the Light: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A screenshot of a scene from the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The characters, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley are staring at a crystal ball.


But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light. — Professor Albus Dumbledore

It can be difficult to try to see the lighter, more positive side of a dark situation, but it's important to try to look for it anyway. Your happiness depends on it. 

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Beauty in Adversity: Mulan

A screenshot of a scene from the animated movie Mulan.


The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. — The Emperor of China

Mulan struggles with fitting into her family's and society's expectations of her. And yet, it was through flouting those expectations and putting herself right smack in the middle of adversity that she discovers herself and finds her confidence. And it's within that strong sense of self that her true beauty blooms. 

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The Purpose of Bad Times: Good Will Hunting

A screenshot of a scene from the movie Good Will Hunting. The characters Sean and Will are sitting on bench next to each other.


You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to. — Sean

It's true. Sometimes the bad times in which you struggle are the very moments that force you into something better or force you to at least see your life differently. 

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There Is Always Hope: The Theory of Everything

A group photo of physicist Stephen Hawking and two of the lead actors from the movie The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne.

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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

This is one of the best movie quotes about life. The existence of life itself is all about hope and possibility, and Stephen Hawking's life is a testament to that. No matter how difficult things got for him, he still found ways to accomplish his goals and dreams. 

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Finding the Good in Life's Surprises: Finding Dory

A screenshot of a scene from the movie Finding Dory with the main character Dory.


Dory: What is so great about plans? I never had a plan! Did I plan to lose my parents? No. Did I plan to find Marlin? No. Did you and I plan to meet? Wait. Did we?
Hank: Are you almost done?
Dory: Well, I don't think we did. And that's because the best things happen by chance. Because that's life. And that's you being with me out in the ocean, not safe in some stupid glass box.

Life is also all about surprises. You can't plan for everything. And trying to stay safe all the time doesn't work either. 

Dory was an adorable character in Finding Nemo and she was responsible for one of that movie's best life lessons: Just keep swimming. And now, even in her own movie, she keeps teaching us: The best things happen by chance. 

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Born to Handle Life's Challenges: Gladiator

A photo of a scene from the movie Gladiator, featuring the main character Maximus played by Russell Crowe.

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Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear. — Maximus

You've got this. Most of the time, the challenges you face are those you were already built to handle.

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Just Because It's Hard Doesn't Mean It's Wrong: Pocahontas

A screenshot of a scene from the animated movie Pocahontas. The scene features the titular character.


Young man, sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. — Grandmother Willow

Grandmother Willow says this to John Smith in the movie Pocahontas, but it's applicable to you as well. Just because your dreams seem impossible doesn't mean they are. And just because your path is difficult doesn't mean you're on the wrong one. 

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Don't Give Up: Pay It Forward

A photo of a scene from the movie Pay It Forward. The scene features the main character, Trevor McKinney, played by Haley Joel Osment.

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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

Don't give up. Yes, it's probably easier to stay stuck where you are. But if you step out of your comfort zone, even when you're scared, you'll be a lot happier. And happier people are better at helping others. 

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Keep Moving Forward: Rocky Balboa

A screenshot of a scene from the movie Rocky Balboa.


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! — Rocky

Keep moving forward. If you get knocked down, don't stay down. Get back up and keep moving forward. Even little steps forward in the face of adversity are better than no steps at all. 

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Only Love Saves the World: Wonder Woman

A screenshot from a scene from the movie Wonder Woman that features the titular character being played by Gal Gadot.


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

The movie Wonder Woman is a great origin story for the iconic superhero. Plus, it shows that no matter what darkness Wonder Woman goes through, love for her fellow man is what ultimately pulls her through. Love saves her and inspires her to keep saving the world. 

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Make the Best of the Time You're Given: The Lord of the Rings

A photo of a scene from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The scene features the characters Gandalf and Frodo.

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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. — Gandalf

Gandalf says this after Frodo complains and wishes he'd never encountered the ring. And it's good advice: You can't control what happens to you. All you can do is play the cards you've been dealt. 

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Hope Never Dies: The Shawshank Redemption

A photo of a scene from the movie The Shawshank Redemption. The scene features the characters Red and Andy.

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

Hope is what keeps Andy alive throughout his stint in prison. Sheer hope. Hope and his friendship with his fellow inmate Red. 

Being able to maintain hope is a survival skill. 

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The Purpose of Doubt: Life of Pi

A screenshot of a scene from the movie Life of Pi. The scene features the main character Pi Patel and a tiger named Richard Parker.


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

Doubt is a part of faith. It's not the enemy of faith. In Life of Pi, Pi Patel's faith is tested over and over again. And he learns that being able to keep faith in the face of doubt only strengthens faith. 

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Amazing Things Can Come From Anyone: The Imitation Game

A screenshot of a scene from the movie The Imitation Game.


Sometimes, it's the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine. — Christopher Morcom

Don't count yourself out. Even if you don't feel amazing (or even accepted), you're still capable of amazing things. 

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The Importance of Being United: Black Panther

A screenshot of a scene from the movie Black Panther.


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

Being united is much more powerful than being divided. This is especially the case in times of crisis. This quote from T'Challa is an important reminder of the value of overcoming our differences to work together towards a common goal. 

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It's Supposed to Be Hard: A League of Their Own

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It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. — Jimmy Dugan

Jimmy Dugan is the least inspiring character on this list, but it doesn't make what he said any less true. The best goals and dreams to pursue are the hard ones, the difficult ones. And they're the most satisfying once you do reach them.

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Try For Honor: The Blind Side

A screenshot of a scene from the movie The Blind Side.


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

Courage is a tool but honor is what you should strive for. Honor is a value. Courage can help you pursue honor. 

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The Definition of Bravery: Angus

A screenshot of a photo from the movie Angus.


Grandpa: Superman isn't brave.
Angus: Did you take your pills this morning?
Grandpa: You don't understand. He's smart, handsome, even decent. But he's not brave. No, listen to me. Superman is indestructible, and you can't be brave if you're indestructible. It's people like you and your mother. People who are different, and can be crushed and know it. Yet they keep on going out there every time.

If you're a fan of Superman, this quote probably isn't for you. But if you're looking for everyday heroes, this is perfect. The brave aren't the ones with superpowers. Brave people are the ones like Angus, who, despite knowing he'll be bullied at school about his weight, still gets up and goes to school anyway. 

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Let Go of the Past: Forrest Gump

A photo of a scene from the movie Forrest Gump. The titular character is sitting on a bench.

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My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on. — Forrest Gump

The movie Forrest Gump is full of little nuggets of advice like this one. The whole movie is about Forrest's past and how he's survived all of his obstacles. And he's survived, partly, because he's able to move on from his past better than most people to fully embrace his present. 

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