Friday, January 29, 2010

Ten Movie Quotes To Get You Through Life

I love movies. Practially not one weekend away from Miss M goes by when I don't see at least one. Virtually every decent movie I see has a great quote or two that makes me think "I should remember that!" Today, while surfing through the endless list of websites I read daily while effin' around on my job, I ran across a list that I really like by Scott Tunstall at Take a look and if you have some memerable quotes of your own, let's hear them!

10 – “Pain don’t hurt.”

Delivered by: Professional bouncer James Dalton in Road House.
Why it matters: We learn at an early age that a lot of stuff will cause us pain. It sucks, but it’s inevitable. Using Dalton’s Zen-like philosophy, we can disconnect the pain thus rendering it powerless. Works great when you slam your finger in the car door.

9 – “You dick!”

Delivered by: Surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Why it matters: We will meet plenty of assholes and morons in our lifetime. Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade and tell these purveyors of douchebaggery what you think of them. It might lead to a confrontation, but it beats being a doormat.

8 – “Look eye, always look eye.”

Delivered by: Martial arts master Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid.
Why it matters: You’ll get a lot further down life’s path if you look people in the eye. Don’t give them a reason to think you’re hiding something or that you’re not trustworthy. Show no fear. Stare them down like a professional fighter, minus the psychotic snarl.

7 – “I’m not a smart man… but I know what love is.”

Delivered by: Dimwitted sage Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump.
Why it matters: You don’t have to be a genius to feel love. However, you do have to be mentally and emotionally prepared to deal with its crushing effects. Heartache and rejection will befall each and every one of us. Don’t let it defeat you. Be like Gump.

6 – “Stay frosty.”

Delivered by: Badass Colonial Marine Corporal Dwight Hicks in Aliens.
Why it matters: The worst thing you can do when you’re in a tight spot is panic and lose your water. Keep a level head no matter the predicament. Unless it has to do with man-eating aliens with acid for blood. Then you can freak out and run for the hills.

5 – “Deserve’s got nuthin’ to do with it.”

Delivered by: Cold-blooded outlaw William Munny in Unforgiven.
Why it matters: Bad shit happens to everyone for no rhyme or reason. You could be the world’s greatest humanitarian or the world’s biggest villain. Don’t look for the “why.” You won’t find it. It’s a cruel fact of life that none of us are immune to tragedy.

4 – “I have a lot of problems… but they belong to me.”

Delivered by: Dysfunctional recluse Graham Dalton in Sex, Lies and Videotape.
Why it matters: I don’t know anyone that isn’t effed up a little bit. It doesn’t mean they should be fitted for a straitjacket. Got minor hangups? It’s normal. Got serious hangups? Might be a good idea to talk to someone. Locking yourself inside a self-imposed prison isn’t very healthy.

3 – “Never tell me the odds.”

Delivered by: Clever space smuggler Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.
Why it matters: I used to gamble back in the day. Knowing the odds was critical. That being said, on occasion I picked instinct over logic and it paid off huge. Life is all about taking the plunge. Sitting back and playing it safe is for party poopers. Sometimes you gotta close your eyes and roll the dice.

2 – “I’m too old for this shit.”

Delivered by : Grizzled police Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon.
Why it matters: Getting old blows. Trust me when I say that a night of nonstop barhopping is much tougher to recover from at 35 than at 25. If you’re not a youngster anymore, stop pretending to be one. You’ll end up looking like what you are — an old fool.

1 – “Time to die.”

Delivered by: Ruthless Replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner.
Why it matters: No one gets out alive. The sooner we come to terms with that little nugget, the easier it will be to enjoy the time we are allotted. Roy Batty wanted more. Once he learned that wasn’t possible, he graciously accepted his fate and said goodbye.


This Daddy said...

That is some good stuff. That has made my Friday MOURNING. Yeah I am sick as hell so I am MOURNING. I am going to use each one of those to try and get me through the work day.

Have a good weekend and thanks for the good post

MindyMom said...

Wow, those are ALL great! Recently I have been a big fan of quotes from the movie "The Hangover" for no other reason than they crack me up.

Then there's this one I LOVE from "The Wedding Date:

“The hardest thing about loving someone is having the courage to let them love you back. If you know her stuff and she knows yours, and at the end of the day you would still rather give up than try, nothing’s ever going to be worth it.

But if you go back you can spend the rest of your life having great make up sex.”

Love that line.

Anonymous said...

Great Post!!!!

BigLittleWolf said...


I'm feeling that #2 today. . .

Big City Dad said...

Yeah, today I'm feeling like #9 and #4

T said...

Love this!

I dig Mindy's line:

"The hardest thing about loving someone is having the courage to let them love you back."

Yeah, that's what yesterday's blog post was all about.

I think men are better at remembering movie quotes than girls. Just my opinion. But I do like this... since you mentioned Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Mike Damone's 5 Point Plan

First of all Rat, you never let on how much you like a girl. "Oh, Debbie. Hi."

Two, you always call the shots. "Kiss me. You won't regret it."

Now three, act like wherever you are, that's the place to be. "Isn't this great?"

Four, when ordering food, you find out what she wants, then order for the both of you. It's a classy move. "Now, the lady will have the linguini and white clam sauce, and a Coke with no ice."

And five, now this is the most important, Rat. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.

(I had it in an email. That's priceless dating advice right there. Hee hee!)

dadshouse said...

I like number 5 - it's so true! Deserve has nothing to do with it.

Nice eclectic list!

Danielle said...

Love it!

ZenMom said...


MODG said...

but my lips hurt REAL BAD.


Just telling it like it is said...

I love thoughts quotes...Mine favorite is
While I never see a wild thing feel sorry for itself..
GI Jane

Coachdad said...

You had me at Hello! Jerry McGuire

As if it was that easy!

Sarah said...

I think the best movie for quotes (off the top of my head) is "The Big Lebowski". LOVE that movie...and no, I am not stoned when I watch it :)

Thanks for following me :) I checked out a few of your entries, right up my alley.

Amira said...

The quotes were great, but your eloquence in your commentary was superb. Loved reading this. Great to get a single guy/dad perspective on life sometimes. Thanks.

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