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The 10 Smartest Movie Quotes of 2001

serendipity2001’s space oddity was the Russian space station Mir falling into the Pacific.  It was also the year Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings duked it out at the box office, Apple introduced the iPod, Tom and Nicole broke up, West Wing took home the postponed Emmy’s, Winona forgot to pay, Enron filed for bankruptcy, and the tragedy of 9/11 changed us all.  Here are the 10 best quotes from the films of 2001.

1) “You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries, they only asked one question after

     a man died, ‘Did he have passion?’”

    Serendipity (2001) - Dean Kansky (Jeremy Piven)

  2) “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Gandolf (Ian McKellen)

3) “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is

     more important than fear.  The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not

     live at all.”

    The Princess Diaries (2001) - Prince of Genovia (Rene Auberjonois)

4) “Don't you know that when you sleep with someone your body makes a promise

     whether you do or not.”

    Vanilla Sky (2001) – Julie Gianni (Cameron Diaz)

  5) "We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are."

     Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) – Josh Myers (Scott Cohen)

  6) “It's called life, John. Activities available, just add meaning.”

     A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Alicia Nash (Jennifer Connelly)

7) “Fear is not what's important, it's how you deal with it. It would be like asking a  

     marathon runner if they feel pain. It's not a matter of whether you feel it, it's how

     you manage it.”
     War Photographer (2001) – James Nachtwey (himself)

8) “Why do we always expect home to stay the same.  Nothing else does.”
     Hearts in Atlantis (2001) – Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin)

  9) “The best fighters in the world are people with nothing to lose.”

     Buffalo Soldiers (2001) – General Lancaster (Dean Stockwell)

10) “It's what you do right now that makes a difference.”
     Black Hawk Down (2001) – Jeff Struecker (Brian Van Holt)

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