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SUPPORT: “Sometimes you really can’t listen to what anybody else says. You just got to listen inside.”

Movie quote from: October Sky (1999) - Miss Riley (Laura Dern)

octoberIn the moving 1999 film, October Sky, Homer Hickham wants to build rockets.  His Dad wants him to work in the coal mine.  The pressures of life are not in Homer’s favor as he pursues his growing love of model rocketry.  It takes a teacher to encourage him to dream bigger than his own community would allow.  This is the great power of a supportive mentor in a person’s life. 

VITALITY: “What I’m talking about is the human spirit. That’s the challenge, that’s the voyage, that’s the expedition.”

phenomenonMovie quote from: Phenomenon (1996) - George Malley (John Travolta)

When you were born, you were given a spark of life.  This spark vitalizes you until your life ends.  In between, your role is to use that human spirit to express yourself and contribute to your community.  In the 1996 movie Phenomenon, George Malley (John Travolta) is given an excessive dose of vitality part way through his life.  His story emphasizes the importance of utilizing our spark of life.  It also demonstrates how society is not always kind when someone’s spirit shines.

QUOTE WARS I: Destiny vs Choice

Quote Wars

Quote Wars articles compare differing life perspectives that are featured in films.  This blog post looks at two movies, The Matrix and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and what they say about how your life unfolds.  Is your life pre-planned for you or are you the architect of your existence?  What do you believe primarily shapes your life - destiny or choice? 

TOP TEN: Smartest Movie Quotes of 2006

The 5 Funniest Quotes from Robin Williams in a Movie

williamsFor someone to make you laugh, they have to take you by surprise.  For an instant, you don’t know what’s going on; what you thought would happen, didn’t.  And then you GET it.  And you laugh.  The more clever the twist, the bigger the laugh.  This is why Robin Williams makes so many people laugh so loudly.  His mind goes places most of us have never been.  Here are the five funniest quotes from Robin Williams in a movie.  They don’t do him justice, half his humor is in his delivery.  Still, the cleverness is there.    

OPENNESS: “I’m not sure ‘being in the same place’ and ‘being friends’ is the same thing.”

Movie quote from: Charlotte's Web (2006) - Wilber (Dominic Scott Kay)

charlotteIn Charlotte's Web, Wilber the pig is moved to a new barnyard.  Immediately upon arrival, he introduces himself to the various animal groups.  Everyone seems uninterested in playing with Wilber, comfortable within their own fences and daily routines.  This is the same experience faced by any person moving to a new environment.  It's never easy to be the new pig in town.

LEARNING: “I have five lessons to teach. What lessons they learn is entirely up to them.”

Movie quote from: Nanny McPhee (2006) - Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson)

nannyAll new learning happens when someone connects something new to something familiar.  This places the responsibility for learning squarely on the shoulders of the learner.  Good teachers/leaders can make it easier for learners to connect; they may even provide new experiences upon which new understandings and/or capabilities can grow.  A surprising model for good teaching/leading is found in the title character of the movie Nanny McPhee.

The 5 Wisest Quotes from Clint Eastwood in a Movie

EastwoodClint Eastwood's dual film study, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, make him a front runner for best movie and best director of 2006.  Together, these films portray the common humanity and cultural differences behind war.  Before his directoral debut in Play Misty for Me, Clint was best known as a star of TV and movie westerns (perhaps because 'Clint Eastwood' is an anagram for 'old west action').  Although he has been a man of few words in most of his films, some of those words contained a little wisdom.  Here are the five wisest quotes made by Clint Eastwood in his movies.

VENTURE: "Danger is the spice of life and you've got to take a risk now and then...that's what makes life worthwhile."

Movie quote from: The World's Fastest Indian (2005) - Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins)Indian II

You are never too old to take a chance on your dreams.  In The World's Fastest Indian, an aging New Zealander named Burt Munro pursues a 25-year goal of driving his motorcycle as fast as it can go on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah.  Everyone thinks he's crazy.  In truth, the only crazy thing would be constructing a life where everything is certain.  Everyone at every age needs to be working on a uncertain venture that matters.  It puts more life into your day.   

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