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  • Writer's pictureVanessa Saenz

inspirational quotes in films

Now that we're approaching the end of the semester, we all know we have finals, projects, papers, and exams to prepare for—and hopefully pass! During this time, it's understandable that we can all get stressed just to achieve a simple task because of all the work that needs to be done.

In this particular blog, I wanted to share some words of encouragement. I found that there are some films in which even though the words are said by fictional characters, their impacts can be huge on viewers. Some of these quotes can be seen as motivational, and others as something to keep in mind when getting ready to end the semester strong!


I've provided the title, whom it was said by, and of course a collage to see if those are intrigued to watch the film...AFTER finals! (let's study first).

credits: via Pinterest @AshleyHall @Ines @Nala @MariaSchroeder 


A Most Violent Year (2014)

“When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump. Otherwise, you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can’t do." - Abel Morales, played by Oscar Isaac


credits: via Pinterest @HeatherVincent @rose @share ably @darcigirthquamme


Dead Poets Society (1989)

“Carpe diem, Seize the day boys, Make your lives extraordinary."- Jon Keating, played by Robin Williams


credits: via Pinterest & Instagram @Fran Castle @Christian @asr


The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. You got a great, you got to protect it. If you want something, go get it. Period." - Christopher Gardner, played by Will Smith


credits: via Pinterest @Liliana Garza @Mary Vereker @BuzzFeed @Normal Laird @IFC Center


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick


credits via Pinterest @Bakedbeans48 @erricklee @Jamesgulino 


Good Will Hunting (1997)

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to." - Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams


credits via Pinterst & Google @Rachel @LoveMovieQuotes @IMDb @lemmekissit 


Black Panther (2018)

"How many times do I have to teach you, just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved." - Shuri, played by Letitia Wright



credits via Pinterest & Google @collider.com @Tylerburden @MichelleN @MatthewEric @Vulture


Inception (2010)

“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." Eames, played by Tom Hardy


credits via Pinterest & Google @RAN  @vhscollector.com @Kristina Lorenzo 


Back to the Future (1985)

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything” - Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox


credits via Pinterest & Google @Refinery29 @mymovieola.blogspot.com @vegascoopermars 


Cast Away (2000)

“I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” - Chuck Noland, played by Tom Hanks


credits via Pinterest @Rob Martinez @theatreweekly @MINDSPARK @FILMGRAB 


The Wolf of the Wall Street (2013)

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” - Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio


credits via Pinterest @ThoughtCatalog @countrylivingmagazine @IbrahimAQ @We Are Pop Up 


The Theory of Everything (2014)

“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope” - Stephen Hawk, played by Eddie Redmayne


credits via Pinterest & Google @Imbued.com @amazon.com @OrangeCountyRegister 


Freedom Writers (2007)

"I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. And you are not failing.” - Erin Gruwell, played by Hilary Swank



As I stated at the beginning, these quotes can be seen as a motive or inspiration to continue doing our best during these last weeks of school. However, I did notice that some of these films are about life and not necessarily school-based. But with that said, that doesn't mean their words have no connection or impact. These were also films where the main characters struggled, and they tried their best to overcome that stage in their life. We aren't sure what our classmates and students at school are going through, so we should all keep respect and patience towards one another :) These are also exciting films if you were curious enough to watch a few to relax and binge-watch after finals.

Good luck to everyone! Finish strong for Spring 2024!



— tune in for more stories from time to time during summer2024 and, of course, next fall semester! #lachurrosstories 







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