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FRIENDSHIP: “Everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less."

Movie quote from: Lonesome Dove (1989) – Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall)

DoveYou cannot replace old friends.  They know what you’re thinking often before you do.  They make room for your unique perspectives.  They step forward when the world steps away.  Such great relationships develop over time in the cauldron of shared life experiences.  No film captures the essence of old friendships as well as Lonesome Dove, a made-for-TV movie from 1989.  Throughout the film, two old Texas Rangers demonstrate the three essential characteristics that define a great friendship.

EXCELLENCE: “Before you can move people, you’ll first have to learn your business. It needs skill as well as heart.”

Movie quote from: Lust for Life (1956) – Anton Mauve (Noel Purcell)

VincentEarly in the movie Lust for Life, young Vincent Van Gogh consults the Dutch artist Anton Mauve for advice on how to achieve excellence in the field of art.  Mauve recognized the honest emotion of Van Gogh’s crude but interesting drawings.  He reminds Vincent that ‘passion’ is not enough if he wants to excel in his field, he must also become more skilled in the pure craft of artistic expression.  His advice is sound – excellent work is usually a combination of strong skills and a love of the occupation.  However, he missed one key component for achieving professional genius, a characteristic that Van Gogh draws upon throughout the movie.

Time's Person of the Year is YOU!

TimeTIME magazine has chosen YOU as their annual Person of the Year.  Each of us controls the emerging Information Age.  We control the way our own lives unfold.  We control the planet - one person at a time.  We are the director and star of our own lives.  I'm not sure what took TIME so long to come to this understanding.  Movies have been telling us this for quite a while.  Here are five movie quotes about TIME's Person of the Year - YOU.

The 5 Wisest Quotes from Mel Gibson in a Movie

MelMel Gibson keeps re-inventing himself.  From Mad Max to Riggs to Braveheart to Passion producer, Mel delivers the stories the public seems to want.  His newest film, Apocalypto, earned $14.1 million in its opening weekend, despite subtitles, excessive violence and a hangover from his drunken Gibstein experience.  Here are the top five wisest things ever said by Mel Gibson in a movie.

VALUES: "Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values."

Movie Quote from: Munich (2005) – Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen)  

MunichIn Steven Spielberg’s thought-provoking movie Munich, Golda Meir is not the role model we’d like for our children.  She commissions a retaliatory team to murder the 11 perpetrators of the Olympic massacre in 1972.  She recognizes that her decision compromises Israeli values.  A counselor would tell her that there are consequences to compromising values.  Consequences include confusion, apathy, rage, doubt, disconnectedness, remorse, dishonor, and shame.  These effects are found in individuals and in nations.

CHOICE: "Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get."

Movie quote from: Forrest Gump (1994) - Mrs. Gump (Sally Field)

ForrestIn the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest asks his mother what his destiny will be.  She responds with the now-famous line, "Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest.  You never know what you're gonna get."  Forrest is unsure of this perspective.  It differs from what he has heard from Lieutenant Dan - a man who believes, "We all have a destiny.  Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan."  Choice or destiny - what most shapes our lives? Who would have thought the answer would arrive later in this same movie.     

PARENTING: “What His Majesty is denied, he goes half-mad to obtain. What he gets freely, he despises.”

Movie quote from: Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) – Thomas Boleyn (Michael Hordern)

AnneIf you want to see what happens when you give a child anything he/she wants, watch King Henry VIII’s behavior in the film, Anne of the Thousand Days.  His character, as played by Richard Burton, is an arrogant boor whose lust for Anne Boleyn is fueled by her disinterest in him.  Not capable of adapting himself, Henry sets about changing the world to get what he wants.  We don’t do a child or a king any favors when we cater to their every need.  Henry VIII would not survive in a world with as much change and diversity as ours.  Neither will a spoiled child.

RESILIENCE: "Nothing that has meaning is easy."

Movie quote from: The Weather Man (2005) - Robert Spritz (Michael Caine)

Weather ManThe Weather Man features Nicolas Cage as a TV personality who does not value the person he has become.  Compared to his father, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, his life seems insignificant.  He spends his day making hopeless attempts to impress his disappointed father, his two troubled children, and his embittered ex-wife.  His search for meaning is focused in all the wrong places.    

HUMAN INTERACTION: "Did you know that cigarettes are a shield against meaningful interaction with people?"

Movie quote from: 200 Cigarettes (1999) - Kevin (Paul Rudd)Smoke

Never say that things don't change.  Even the Germans have decided to recognize the problems of second-hand smoke.  Cigarettes will still be allowed in the pubs and bars but politicians have conceded that perhaps smoking in schools and public sites is not good for the health of the nation.

PROACTIVE LIVING: "Every show is your last show. That's my philosophy."

Movie quote from: A Prairie Home Companion (2006) - G.K. (Garrison Keillor)  

 In his movie, 'A Prairie Home Companion' (2006), Garrison Keillor casually comments that, "Every show is your last show. That's my philosophy." This is a wise way to view the world. Once you appreciate that nothing lasts forever, you are more likely to make sure you get full value out of each remaining day.

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