33 inspirational movie quotes that motivate us to live our best lives

We put together some of our favourite lines from films to help you stay positive during the coronavirus class suspension

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These quotes always cheer us up; we hope it will be the same for you!

It would be great if being stuck indoors all day every day meant you could catch up on films or rewatch our favourites, but apparently the People In Charge are trying to make life as “business as usual” as possible.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be inspired by the silver screen. Here are 33 of our favourite quotes from the movies to motivate and inspire you to keep on trucking, even when it’s all starting to feel a bit pointless.

To infinity, and beyond!

1 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

2 Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.


3 Do or Do not. There is no try.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

4 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

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


6 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.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

7 You want to get out of the hole? First you’re going to have to put down the shovel.” 

Incredibles 2

8 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

The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up. 


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


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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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

Dead Poets Society

14 Nobody’s perfect.

Some Like It Hot

15 Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.

Finding Nemo

16 How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.

Black Panther

17 Hope is not a strategy.” 

Mission Impossible: Fallout

18 When you get a different vantage point it changes your perspective ... It allows you to see things you should have seen a long time ago.

First Man

19 Everything is possible, even the impossible. 

Mary Poppins Returns

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

Black Hawk Down

21 The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”


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

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

23 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.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

25 Let’s just allow ourselves to be whatever it is we are.

Garden State

26 There’s just no telling how far I’ll go. 


27 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.


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

Lost in Translation

29 You control your destiny – you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.


30 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

31 Today is a good day to try. 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

32 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.

The Theory of Everything (and Stephen Hawking IRL)

33 Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voila! Now, you might not feel like you can do much now, but that’s just because, well, you’re not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You’re still a seed.

A Bug’s Life

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