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The 6 Best Leadership Tips from Movie Presidents

NixonRonald Reagan never got to play a President of the United States until he was one.  However, many actors have played the Commander-in-Chief, including Charleton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Tom Selleck, Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Anthony Hopkins (twice - he played Adams and Nixon).  Real and fictional Presidents have offered some useful advice for President Elect Barack Obama.  Here are six tips from movie Presidents for America's next leader. 

RESILIENCE: “People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it.”

Movie quote from: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – Chris Gardner (Will Smith)

HappynessThe Pursuit of Happyness is a film about the value of resilience.  While playing basketball with his son, Chris Gardner (as played by Will Smith) tells his son to forget basketball and do something useful.  Realizing the mistake of what he just said, Chris tells his son, “Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me.”  He wants his son to know what he knows, that a persistent pursuit of your own dreams is the best way to bring a sense of happiness to your life.

The 5 Wisest Quotes from Bond Villains

Bond films are not common sources for inspirational or thought-provoking quotes.  This is especially true for the bad guys in 007 movies - they tend to just focus on saying evil things.  However, over the years, a few wise thoughts have been cruelly spoken in the name of world domination.  Here are the top five wisest things ever said by a villain in a James
Bond film.

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The Top 10 Wisest Quotes from Charlie Chan Films

charlie chanCharlie Chan is a fictional detective from the Honolulu Police Department who solved crimes and uttered wisdom in 47 different films between 1925 and 1949.  He solved crimes around the world, despite the unsuccessful support of his Number 1 and Number 2 sons.  Chan was played by six different actors, none of them Chinese.  These films introduced ancient Asian wisdom to North American pop culture.  Here are the wisest 10 quotes from Charlie Chan films.

PROACTIVE: “I’ve always believed that the world is what we make of it.”

Movie quote from: Contact (1997) – Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster)
In the opening minutes of the movie Contact, the camera scans back from the Earth, passing planets, stars, and galaxies, until the view illustrates our own insignificance in the vast universe.  It is a great metaphorical foundation for the key message of this movie – there is no inherent meaning to our lives.     We must create that meaning ourselves.

The 18 Best Movie Quotes About China

the painted veilFrom the early days of film, we have been fascinated with China.  The Chinese have been associated with positive images like wisdom, hard work, and loyalty, despite political and religious differences with the west.  From The Good Earth to the Oscar winning The Last Emperor, to the recent film The Painted Veil, here are 18 quotes that portray how films define the enigmatic country that is China.

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