Movie quotes that lift our spirits when times are tough

Roger Ebert, who died yesterday, loved the movies, and we do too, especially for what can inspire in us. Photo: Roger Ebert (r) with the late Gene Siskel when they reviewed movies together AP

 SALT LAKE CITY, April 5, 2013 — Legendary film critic, Roger Ebert, ended his battle with cancer yesterday, but his legacy will live on in the hearts of movie buffs for years to come. During his 46 years with the Chicago Sun-Times he turned movie critiquing not just into an art but also into a generational pastime.

So why do we love talking about the movies and reading movie review? How is it that these films can cause us to laugh? Weep? And recite our favorite parts over and over again?

Maybe we’ll never be able to pin-point exactly what we love about the movies but in times of trouble, words from our favorite characters can give us an unexpected lift or make us feel understood. It’s a beautiful example of art delicately improving our lives.

The next time you feel down, think of your favorite movies and let the sweet words fill your mind with hope. We dedicate this list of inspirational movie lines to the man who introduced us to so many great films: Roger Ebert.

Movie Quotes That Uplift:

1. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. “Mulan”

2. Keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again.  –“Robin Hood”

3. What we do in life echoes in eternity. – “Gladiator”

4. We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

5. Don’t let your past dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you will become. – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

6. Just keep swimming. – “Finding Nemo”

7. Be excellent to each other. – “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

8. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies. – “Shawshank Redemption”

Readers: Roger Ebert gave us the slogan “Two Thumbs Up!” Now it’s your turn to be a critic: What are some of your favorite movies? Share your favorite quotes with us in the comments section and join us for others on our Facebook page.

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She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, but Baltimore will always be her home. 


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