Inspiring Lessons from Movies for the New Year


As 2016 winds down to an end, and we put the finishing touches on our New Year’s resolutions, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some inspiring lessons from cinema for the road ahead in 2017. Here are some wise and witty quotes from films that have a lot to say about life, love, and happiness. Happy New Year!

Princess Mononoke

“You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you so choose.”

Roman Holiday

“The best thing I know is to do exactly what you wish for a while.”

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

“Hold fast to the human inside of you, and you’ll survive.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild

“I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right.”

Man on Wire

“Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge – and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.”


“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. This is what we’d forgotten – the simplest things.”

Waking Life

“The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.”

Dead Poets Society

“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”

Life of Pi

“Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.”

Certified Copy

“If we were a bit more tolerant of each other’s weaknesses, we’d be less alone.”