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RESOURCEFUL: "I didn't invent the rainy day man, I just own the best umbrella."

almost 1Movie quote from: Almost Famous (2000) - Dennis Hope (Jimmy Fallon)

Fifteen year old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) loves rock music.  The difference between him and other teens is that he writes for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines.  He earned this role by fearlessly launching himself into the world of rock musicians.  Rather than watching life, William gets involved in the things he loves.  Although a rock manager named Dennis Hope (Jimmy Fallon's first movie role) says the Almost Famous quote above, it represents the spirit of the film's lead character.  No matter what obstacles he faces, William always finds a way to make his dreams come true.

DESIRE: "We pursue that which retreats from us."

Movie quote from: The Tao of Steve (2000) - Dex (Donal Logue)

taoDex (Donal Logue) has three rules for being irresistible to women.  Given his abundant scorecard, all those who seek multiple bedpartners should take heed.  Dex is overweight, over talkative, and terminally semi-employed, yet women continue to end up in his bedThe Tao of Steve is really a way of being cool.  Unfortunately, 'cool' becomes hollow over time, even for witty intellects skilled at manipulating human desire.

COMMUNICATION: "Ninety percent of what you're saying isn't coming out of your mouth."

Movie quote from: Hitch (2005) - Alex Hitchens (Will Smith)

hitchAlex Hitchens (Will Smith) is a date doctor who teaches lovesick men how to hook up with the woman of their dreams.  His basic message is that women want to meet a good man and good men present themselves to women in a certain way.  'Hitch' teaches men how to adjust their persona to become the man she is attracted to. Unfortunately, Hitch doesn't understand there is a much less complicated way to truly get your message across to someone else.

FLOW: “I have all these thoughts bouncing around in my head, but with a brush in my hand, the world just gets kind of quiet."

Movie quote from: The Notebook (2004) - Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams)

notebookA subtle aspect of the romantic film The Notebook is the importance of painting to Allie, played by both Rachel McAdams (young Allie) and Gena Rowland (elder Allie).  When she paints, Allie is in the zone.  In psychology, this is called 'flow', a state of mind where you are completely immersed in the activity at hand.  Flow is good for the soul.  However, as The Notebook illustrates, flow can be difficult to attain when you're living with someone who has other plans for you.

HOPE: "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

Movie quote from: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Andy Defresne (Tim Robbins)

shawshankIn The Shawshank Redemption, prison has sucked the life out of Red (Morgan Freeman).  He has lost all hope, accepting that he will never see freedom again.  Into that life comes Andy Defresne (Tim Robbins), a prisoner who knows the importance of keeping hope alive.  Andy's arrival sparks a renewed sense of possibility for Red.  His life would never be the same.

LOYALTY: "It isn't about dedication and loyalty, it's about belief in what we do."

Movie quote from: The Good Shepherd (2006) - Edward Wilson (Matt Damon)

shepherdIn The Good Shepherd, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a loyal citizen in the secret service of his nation.  As a foreign agent, he gives up traditional life to enter the empty world of espionage.  For Wilson, loyalty is an obligation not a choice.  It is a thankless value that leaves him emotionall numb.  No film has better portrayed the tragic emptiness of unquestioned loyalty.

The 10 Smartest Movie Quotes for a Job Interview

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During my professional life, I hired a lot of people.  Sometimes, one candidate would stick out from the rest; they demonstrated a wisdom that gave them a 'halo effect'.  For some reason, I felt like they would be the best fit with the job and the rest of our team.  Often it was something they said, a wise perspective shared in response to a question.  Here are the top ten movie quotes that would have impressed me if they were responses to the appropriate question.

The 7 Wisest Movie Quotes About Men

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Throughout the decades, movie titles have featured the word ‘Man’, preceded by some other catchy word, like Weather, Rain, Invisible, Spider, Music, Cinderella, Inside, Quiet, Family, Lawnmower, Raggedy, Hollow, Demolition, Best, Thin, Little Big, or Marathon.  We’ve seen 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men, Grumpy Old Men, X-Men, Children of Men, and even Three Men and a Baby.  Here are the seven smartest movie quotes about the Y chromosome gender.

IDENTITY: "It raises all sorts of philosophical questions about the nature of self, about the existence of the soul. Am I me?"

malkovichMovie quote from: Being John Malkovich (1999) - Craig Schwartz (John Cusack)

Would you pay $200 to see the world for 15 minutes through someone else's eyes?  How would your perspective of self change if you wore the 'mask' of someone else?  Charlie Kaufman's though-provoking screenplay takes us down completely untravelled roads in the movie, Being John Malkovich.  Along the way, he stirs up some interesting questions about the nature of human identity.

INFIDELITY: “This can’t last. This misery can’t last. I must remember that and try to control myself.”

Movie quote from: Brief Encounter (1945) - Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson)

briefBrief Encounter is the first major motion picture about infidelity.  It was banned in Ireland in 1945 because the film honestly explored infidelity rather than condemning it.  Bad call by the Irish.  If the censors really wanted to discourage infidelity, they would have required every person in a relationship to watch the movie.  It reveals the great pain of secret love.

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