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The Encouraging Pep Talk You Needed in 9 Spot-On Movie Quotes

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Movies can bring tons of inspiration and, of course, quotes. Here are 9 movies quotes that'll cheer you up no matter the difficult situation you're currently facing.


Job stress, ailments, fights with friends, breakups, family drama, financial burdens, tragedy, global crises, bullies, general exhaustion. Come on, now—who among us couldn’t use a little encouragement from time to time?

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Those closest to us have our backs, but sometimes our on-screen heroes have perfectly captured the words we need to hear to regain control of our lives. Here are 9 profoundly powerful movie moments to get us through the day, and might even help us become the best version of ourselves.

1. When you need to brush yourself off and get back up on that horse:

“Well, I just think this horse has a lot of heart. He may have been down, but he wasn’t out. He may have lost a few, but he didn’t let it get to him. I think I learned a lick or two from this little guy. Oh, and by the way, he doesn’t know he’s little. He thinks he’s the biggest horse out there.”

—Charles Howard, “Seabiscuit”

2. When you can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel:

“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”

3. When changing the past feels like the only solution:

Frodo: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”

Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

4. When seeing eye-to-eye seems impossible:

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

—Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

5. When the prospect of failing keeps you from trying:

“Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true, I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”

—Rocky, “Rocky”

6. When negativity starts to fester inside of you:

“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”

—Yoda, “Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back”

7. When the opinions of others start to bring you down:

“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.”

—Rubeus Hagrid, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

8. When the weight of the world overwhelms you:

“Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.”

—Mahatma Gandhi, “Gandhi”

9. When loss or grief stop you in your tracks:

“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”