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Famous Movie Quotes That’s Also Good Life Advice


Famous movie quotes are fun to recite but occasionally they’ll teach a person a thing about life.

Among my favorite quotes in the list below is this gem from Willy Wonka.

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

I also love the fact that movie quotes from Batman films show up about a hundred times.

Here are 42 fictional quotes from famous movies, TV, and book characters that are actually pretty good life advice.

Famous Movie & TV Quotes From Fictional Characters

Famous Movie Quotes About Leadership

  • “Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don’t follow titles. They follow courage.” – William Wallace, Braveheart
  • “Leadership requires discipline, sacrifice, the ability to make people believe in the impossible. No one said anything about easy.” – Sophia Maguire, The Event
  • “Sometimes you have to roll a hard six.” – William Adama, Battlestar Galactica

Famous Movie Quotes About Teamwork

  • “Our home is where we are. Our place of origin is not relevant, only where we choose to go together.” – Legion, Mass Effect 2
  • “Difference of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore
  • “Soldiers trust each other. That is what makes us an army.” – Steve Rodgers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • “Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone believes in them first.” – Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting

Famous Movie Quotes About Perseverance

  • “The training is nothing, the will is everything.” – Henri Ducard, Batman Begins
  • “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
  • “I want to believe.” – Fox Mulder, The X-Files
  • “A bruise is a lesson. And each lesson makes us better.” – Arya Stark, Game of Thrones
  • “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “Live long and prosper.” – Dr. Spock, Star Trek
  • “A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” – The Emperor of China, Mulan
  • “I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then one day I got in.” – Kevin Flynn, Tron: Legacy
  • “It ain’t about how hard you get hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky, Rocky Balboa
  • “I’ll keep fighting. I’ll keep swinging until I got nothing left.” – Dean Winchester, Supernatural


Famous Movie Quotes About Living Life

  • “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” – Aragon, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption
  • “Generosity is its own form of power.” – Frank Underwood, House of Cards
  • “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt with next.” – Jack Dawson, Titanic
  • “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Buellers Day Off
  • “I’m a leaf in the wind. Watch how I soar.” – Hoban Washburne, Serenity

Famous Movie Quotes About Entrepreneurship

  • “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf The Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring: The Shadow of the Past
  • “Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.” – Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • “It’s not who I am underneath – its what I do that defines me.” – Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins
  • “Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw, the game is in progress, whether we want it to be, or not. So, go ahead, argue with the refs, change the rules. Cheat, a little, take a break. And tend to your wounds. But play. Play. Play hard. Play fast. Play loose and free.” – Meredith Grey, Greys Anatomy
  • “The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make ourselves.” – John Connor, Terminator
  • “It’s not the broken dreams that break us. It’s the ones we don’t dare to dream.” – Will Schuester, Glee
  • “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there’s always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.” – Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything
  • “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.” – Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring
  • “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” – Eames, Inception
  • “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society
  • “You make your own luck.” – Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

Famous Movie Quotes About Innovation

  • “I must not fear. Fear is a mind-killer.” – Paul Atreides, Dune
  • “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
  • “You’re mad, bonkers, off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” – Alice Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland
  • “Well, technology is a glittering lure. But there’s a rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash if they have a sentimental bond with the product.” – Don Draper, Mad Men
  • “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” – Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • “The greatest power on Earth is the magnificent power we all of us possess, the power of the human brain!” – Professor Xavier, The X-Men #2

Got a few quotes you think should be included in this chart? Let’s hear it in the comments.


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