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12 Useful Movie Quotes to Get You By in a Recession

crystal skullPeople turn to the media when financial times are tough.  Movies are a great way to distract your mind from reality.  It is no coincidence that the top grossing movie of 1981 (the last recession) was Raiders of the Lost Ark, the ultimate escape film.  Back for the 2008 recession, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is scheduled for release on May 22.  Movie quotes can offer insight for tougher financial times.  Here are the top twelve movie quotes to “get you by” as our consumer-oriented economy recedes.

“The worth of a life is not determined by a single failure or a solitary success.”
The Emperor’s Club (2002) – William Hundert (Kevin Kline)

“I didn't know I could be this happy without incurring credit card debt!”
Legally Blonde II: Red, White and Blonde (2003) – Elle (Reese Witherspoon)

“My number one rule is, ‘Hope for the best, plan for the worst.”
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – Noah Vosen (Davis Strathairn)

“More isn't always better, Linus. Sometimes it's just more.”
Sabrina (1995) – Sabrina Fairchild (Julia Ormond)

“99% of everything done in the world, good or bad, is done to pay a mortgage.  Perhaps the world would be a better place if everyone rented.”
Thank You for Smoking (2005) – Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart)

It seems in today's world the power to absolve debt is greater than the power of forgiveness.”
The Godfather: Part III (1990) – Archbishop Gilday (Donal Donnelly)

“Never trust a guy who fumbles for the check.”
Anything Else (2003) – David Dobel (Woody Allen)

“Tragedy is a test of courage. If you can meet it bravely, it will leave you bigger than it found you.”
A Star is Born (1937) – Grandma Lettie (May Robson)

“Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.”
The Sound of Music (1965) – Maria (Julie Andrews) 

“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?”
Cast Away (2000) - Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) 

“I believe we write our own stories and each time we think we know the end, we don't.”
Little Black Book (2004) – Stacy (Brittany Murphy)

“May I always be in your heart, sometimes in your thoughts, but never in your debt.”
The Libertine (2004) – Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton)

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