We all have a collection of movies be it a rack full of DVDs or a folder full of files and I’m pretty sure you have your own top 10 favourite movies. I have mine as well. From the many movies that I have watched, some have really great dialogue while some have the main actor only uttering a few words (Drive). Some even have no distinct audible dialogue between the main characters (Wall-E). Regardless of movie genre, we all love a story well told. We also love great one-liners in the dialogue, which is the main focus of this article. Some one-liner quotes are just plain cheesy while some might have a lesson to offer to us. We’re not saying movie quotes should be your source of philosophy, but some are just too good to not be inspirational or mind-boggling. I’ve listed some of my favourites here.
1. “Let’s have some pie” [Men in Black 3 (2012)]
OK I’ve just watched MIB3 and I can’t really forget this one. Although it’s not mentioned as much as some other lines from other characters, I thought this one stood out the most. What does pie have to do with inspiration anyway? If you’ve watched it, it’s a way to get your mind off of things for a moment. Whenever you are tangled with endless problems, it’s always good to take a breather. Being continuously solving a problem usually leads your mind to think in only one direction. Continuously thinking of a solution sometimes narrows down your options a bit too much. Taking a breather allows you to take a step back to look at the bigger picture. If you’re lucky enough, you might get inspiration from the most unimaginable situation.
2. “Fighters fight” [Rocky Balboa (2006)]
This movie was a roller coaster of inspirational quotes with Rocky hurling out every bit of inspiration left in him. However I’d like to point out a quote that doesn’t come from Rocky himself. Instead, this comes from a supporting character, the grown-up Little Marie. Those are two words with a very realistic meaning. Clearly, fighters fight and teachers teach and builders build – You have to fulfil your role. That’s what you should do instead of endlessly whining about the hardships that you go through. If you’re a student you have to study, that’s your duty. However don’t let it consume you. If you’re in the middle of something and feel like giving up, just keep this quote in mind.
3. “It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves” [Terminator 2 (1991)]
The most popular one-liner from Terminator 2 would definitely be “Hasta la vista, baby” or “I’ll be back” and most of us probably wouldn’t remember the one I just pointed out above. This was the part where the T-101 and the Connors were in Mexico and John and the T-101 were looking at some children playing war. This is exactly what the T-101 said to John. The word ‘your’ was in reference to us, the human beings. Apparently the simple logic of a cyborg programmed by another heartless machine made complete sense. We do have self-destructive tendencies. We consciously harm our health with bad food, we kill each other, we hurt each other (physically or emotionally), and we destroy the earth which is the planet we live on. I think this is mind-boggling because no matter how much effort we put into eliminating these tendencies, they never seem to come to an end.
4. “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” [Warrior (2011)]
This was mentioned in the early part where things haven’t got all inspirational yet. Paddy says this to Tommy whilst being self-aware that his favourite son only acknowledges his capability as a trainer but not as a father. Anyone would feel terrible in Paddy’s shoes but business is business. I think the story really tests a person’s ability to draw the line between business and personal matter. So what is it with the quote? It’s always better to have an enemy you know rather than an enemy who lurks in the bushes and ambushes you at your weakest. It could be worse; an enemy might disguise as your friend. Always be careful and if you have an enemy and you clearly don’t like each other, be thankful that he’s man in enough to come to terms with the unpleasant relationship. It’s better that way because you mutually hate each other. You fight face to face.
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