100+ Most Inspirational Movie Quotes of All Time

Most Inspirational Movie Quotes of All Time

Welcome to the most inspiring list of movie quotes ever! Movies have a way of capturing our hearts, minds and imaginations. We’ve all experienced that feeling when we hear an incredible quote from one of our favorite films – the thrill of being inspired by something so profound or funny is incomparable.

This collection has been hand-picked from some of cinemas’ greatest works in order to provide you with the best possible source for unforgettable moments on film. Here are some timeless words said by iconic characters that will make your day brighter and boost your motivation levels: these are the most inspirational movie quotes of all time!

Some of the quotes are featured in the following video:


A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Niki Lauda, Rush (2013)


Do, or do not. There is no “try.”

Yoda, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.

White Queen, Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Every man dies, but not every man really lives.

William Wallace, Braveheart (1995)


Your heart is free. Learn to follow it.

William Wallace, Braveheart (1995)


It’s okay to lose to opponent. Must not lose to fear.

Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid Part III (1989)


What does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.

William Wallace, Braveheart (1995)


The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and beautiful of all

The Emperor, Mulan (1998)


Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.

Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)


Don’t think. Feel! It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all of the heavenly glory!

Lee, Enter The Dragon (1973)


We are unique, gentlemen, in that we create ourselves. Through long years of rigorous training, sacrifice, denial, pain, we forge our bodies in the fire of our will.

Han, Enter The Dragon (1973)


Great men are not born great, they grow great.

Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather (1972)


Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.

Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas (1995)


Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever.

Richard, The Beach (2000)


Only if you find peace within yourself will you find true connection with others.

Palm Reader, Before Sunrise (1995)


Everything is possible, even the impossible.

Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns (2018)


In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.

Fortune, Rudy (1993)


It’s what you do right now that makes a difference.

Struecker, Black Hawk Down (2001)


Dreams are windows into the lives of our Multiversal selves.

Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)


Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.

Professor X, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)


I don’t want to survive. I want to live.

The Captain, Wall-E (2008)


Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away.

Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, Hitch (2005)


Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, Hitch (2005)


If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.

Gusteau, Ratatouille (2007)


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

Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind (1939)


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, Rocky (1976)


You’re not going to die; you just need to fight. Fight for your life.

Rocky Balboa, Rocky (1976)


The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.

Prince of Genovia, The Princess Diaries (2001)


The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. 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 Balboa, Rocky Balboa (2006)


If we didn’t do what we loved, we wouldn’t exist.

Adonis Creed, Creed II (2018)


Every moment in life is a learning experience. Or what good is it, right?

Paul, Six Degrees of Separation (1993)


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Timo Cruz, Coach Carter (2005)


Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.

Benjamin Button, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)


Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.

Martin Luther King Jr., Selma (2014)


The strongest, the most powerful, the most dangerous creature on this whole earth is a woman who knows how to think. Ain’t nothing she can’t do.

Richard Williams, King Richard (2021)


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

Joan Clarke, The Imitation Game (2014)


The way it works is, you do the thing you’re scared shitless of, and you get the courage after you do it, not before you do it.

Archie Gates, Three Kings (1999)


There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. 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, The Theory of Everything (2014)


To find something, anything, a great truth or a lost pair of glasses, you must first believe there will be some advantage in finding it.

Jack Burden, All the King’s Men (1949)


When a man’s got money in his pocket, he begins to appreciate peace.

Joe, A Fistfull of Dollars (1964)


To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

Walter Mitty, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)


We can’t retract the decisions we’ve made. We can only affect the decisions we’re going to make from here.

Nick Rice, Law Abiding Citizen (2009)


A good man always knows his limitations.

Harry Calahan, Magnum Force (1973)


We walk away from our dreams afraid we may fail, or worse yet, afraid we may succeed.

William Forrester, Finding Forrester (2000)


There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it.

Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)


When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.

Roy ‘Tin Cup’ McAvoy, Tin Cup (1996)


Things change. They always do, it’s one of the things of nature. Most people are afraid of change, but if you look at it as something you can always count on, then it can be a comfort.

Robert Kincaid, The Bridges of Madison County (1995)


You know, some people call this hate-teaching. This isn’t hate-teaching. This is love-teaching. l wouldn’t tell you this if l didn’t love you. l wouldn’t stick my neck out for you if l didn’t love you.

Malcolm X, Malcolm X (1992)


Hate put me in prison. Love’s gonna bust me out.

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, The Hurricane (1999)


He who bemoans the lack of opportunity, forgets that small doors many times open up into large rooms.

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, The Hurricane (1999)


You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’

Carter Chambers, The Bucket List (2007)


This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin’ with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe… I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.

Coach Herman Boone, Remember the Titans (2000)


You look like a bunch of fifth grade sissies after a cat fight! You got anger, that’s good you’re gonna need it, you got aggression that’s even better you’re gonna need that, too. But any little two-year-old child can throw a fit! Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection!

Coach Herman Boone, Remember the Titans (2000)


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.

Richard, Eat, Pray, Love (2010)


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

Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting (1997)


I don’t regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do.

Lucas, Empire Records (1995)


Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.

Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting (1997)


And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

The Wizard of Oz, The Wizard of Oz (1939)


There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.

The Wizard of Oz, The Wizard of Oz (1939)


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

Maximus, Gladiator (2000)


What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Maximus, Gladiator (2000)


I knew a man who once said, “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”

Maximus, Gladiator (2000)


It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.

Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)


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

Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)


Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)


Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, all those who live without love.

Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)


To protect the sheep, you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.

Alonzo, Training Day (2001)


Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)


See, ya are what ya are in this world. That’s either one of two things: Either you’re somebody, or you ain’t nobody.

Frank Lucas, American Gangster (2007)


Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.

Nelson Mandela, Invictus (2009)


No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)


You know how everyone’s always saying, ‘Seize the moment’? I don’t know, I’m kinda thinkin’ it’s the other way. Like the moment seizes us.

Nicole, Boyhood (2014)


When you get a different vantage point, it changes your perspective … It allows us to see things that maybe we should have seen a long time ago.

Neil Armstrong, First Man (2018)


It’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)


If there’s magic in boxing, it’s the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.

Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris, Million Dollar Baby (2004)


Anybody can lose one fight, anybody can lose once, you’ll come back from this you’ll be champion of the world.

Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris, Million Dollar Baby (2004)


A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.

Roger Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)


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, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)


Next time, it may be you. If you do no better than they did, next time it WILL be you. They said this school was dead, like the cemetery it’s built on. But we call our Eastside teams “Ghosts”, don’t we? And what are ghosts? Ghosts are spirits that rise from the dead. I want you to be my ghosts. You are going to lead our resurrection, by defying the expectation that all of us are doomed to failure. My motto is simple: If you do not succeed in life, I don’t want you to blame your parents. I don’t want you to blame the White Man. I want you to blame yourselves. The responsibility is yours!

Principal Joe Clark, Lean on Me (1989)


The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.

Bob Harris, Lost in Translation (2003)


Do whatever you have to do to transform and transmogrify this school into a special place where the hearts and souls and minds of the young can rise.

Principal Joe Clark, Lean on Me (1989)


The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.

Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight (2008)


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, Cast Away (2000)


Why do we fall, Sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.

Alfred Pennyworth, Batman Begins (2005)


When you decide to be something, you can be it.

Frank Costello, The Departed (2006)


When will the lesson be learned! You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth!

Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour (2017)


It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

Tyler Durden, Fight Club (1999)


I live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Dominic Toretto, The Fast and The Furious (2001)


When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.

Dory, Finding Nemo (2003)


Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. Little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.

President Snow, The Hunger Games (2012)


When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.

Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild (2007)


Our survival instinct is our greatest source of inspiration.

Dr. Mann, Interstellar (2014)


Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.

Rafiki, The Lion King (1994)


At some point, you’ve got to decide for yourself who you gonna be, can’t let anybody make that decision for you.

Juan, Moonlight (2016)


The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.

Noah Calhoun, The Notebook (2004)


You have to get lost before you find yourself.

Margo, Paper Towns (2015)


Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up, does rejoice.

Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


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

Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


We are who we choose to be.

Green Goblin, Spider-Man (2002)


After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are.

Shrek, Shrek the Third (2007)


The truth is a matter of circumstances, it’s not all things to all people all the time.

Natasha Romanoff, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)


Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.

Grandmother, Willow Pocahontas (1995)


Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?

Ian, What a Girl Wants (2003)


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, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)


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