Our favorite movies hold a special place in our heart.
Often, we can trace back specific periods in our life based on the movies we’ve watched and loved, especially growing up. But it’s the characters we really remember. The heroes who, whether superheroes or just regular people, stood up for something that mattered, and left an impression on us that we won’t soon forget.
These heroes taught us important lessons about what it means to be courageous and live our life by our terms. Here are 10 inspirational quotes to help you live your own life courageously from some of those iconic cinematic heroes.
1 “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”
– Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins
2 “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.”
– Professor Charles Xavier, X-Men: First Class
3 “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
– Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4 “I shouldn’t be alive… unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.”
– Tony Stark, Iron Man
5 “I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.”
– Captain America, Captain America: The First Avenger
6 “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.”
– Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
7 “Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
– Rocky, Rocky Balboa
8 “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
– Rafiki, The Lion King
9 “Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the dark side.”
– Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
10 “But if you make yourself more than just a man if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely….A legend, Mr. Wayne.”
– Ra’s Al Ghul, Batman Begins