These Inspiring Movie Quotes Make Perfect Insta Captions

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Everyone needs a mantra. You know — a little, easily memorizable phrase you unfurl whenever you desperately need a pick-me-up or a dose of inspiration. Luckily, you don't need to come up with the magical words on your own. That's where the movies come in.
Characters in movies have been known to speak in more poetic and easily quotable dialogue than the rest of us humans, who only occasionally create lasting glory from the building blocks of English. But movie characters? They talk in lines, not clunky sentences. Lines that might get you revved up, or make you laugh, or cause you to inadvertently raise your hand in a triumphant fist-bump.
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We've gathered some of those stand-out lines from movies throughout the decades, ranging from slightly cheesy to completely profound. There's an inspirational line for every occasion (and every post on Instagram).
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"Never be in a hurry. You'll miss the best parts in life."

— Barbary Coast (Marlene Dietrich) in Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

— Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

– John Keating (Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society (1989)
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"Well, all I’m saying is that I want to look back and say that I did the best I could while I was stuck in this place."

— Dawson (Sasha Jensen) in Dazed and Confused (1993)
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"Remember who you are."

— Mufasa (James Earl Jones) in The Lion King (1994)
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"I don’t regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do."

— Lucas (Rory Cochrane) in Empire Records (1995)
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"Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one."

— Grandmother Willow (Linda Hunt) in Pocahontas (1995)
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"You need to resign yourself to the awkwardness of life. Only if you find peace within yourself will you find true connection with others."

— Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunrise (1995)
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“If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone.”

Celine (Julie Delpy) in Before Sunrise (1995)
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“I think we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include.”

— Pere Henri (Hugh O'Conor) in Chocolat (2000)
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"What? Like it's hard?"

— Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) in Legally Blonde (2001)
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"After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are."

— Shrek (Mike Myers) in Shrek (2001)
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"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 (Tom Hanks) in Cast Away (2000)
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"Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear."

— Maximus (Russell Crowe) in Gladiator (2000)
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“The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving.”

— Boat Car Guy (Bill Wise) in Waking Life (2001)
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"But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light."

— Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2003)
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"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."

— Bob Harris (Bill Murray) in Lost in Translation (2003)
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“I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them."

— Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) in Cinderella Man (2005)
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"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."

Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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"Balance, my darling, is not letting anybody love you less than you love yourself."

— Felipe (Javier Bardem) in Eat Pray Love (2010)
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"Be your own hero."

— Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) in Whip It (2009)
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"You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours."

– White Queen (Anne Hathaway) in Alice In Wonderland (2010)
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"The past is just a story we tell ourselves."

—Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) in Her (2013)
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“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 (Ben Stiller) in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
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"There's no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another, what leads to what, what destroys what or causes what to flourish or die or take another course. What if I forgave myself? If I could go back in time, I wouldn't do a single thing differently."

— Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) in Wild (2014)
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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 (Eddie Redmayne) in The Theory of Everything (2014)
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"There's just no telling how far I'll go."

— Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) in Moana (2016)
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"I'm freakin' dope."

— Jessica James (Jessica Williams) in The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
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"You’re ready for this. You’ve been ready for this your whole life."

— Marty Ginsburg (Armie Hammer) in On the Basis of Sex (2018)
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"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 (Chadwick Boseman) in Black Panther (2018)
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