10 Inspirational Quotes from Movies and TV Shows

We all need inspiration from time to time, but sometimes it lies where you least expect it. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite movies and TV shows with the most inspirational lines. Some of them you may have seen or heard while others may be new to you. I hope they inspire you as they inspired me. Without further ado, here are ten inspirational quotes from movies and TV shows:

1. Be Brave: We bought a Zoo

You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.  

Benjamin Mee

Benjamin Mee said this to his son when he didn’t know how to express his feelings to a girl he liked. Sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind and take a chance. While it’s risky and it might not turn out how you hope you’ll end up feeling happy for having shown your true feelings.

2. Don’t give up: Secretariat

This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.

Penny Chenery

Penny Chenery says this as to why she shouldn’t sell Secretariat, but her reason is one everyone can relate to. It’s important to not give up on your hopes or dreams. But instead to chase them by working towards them in whatever way you choose. Following your heart after everything in the world is telling you not to may be a hard pill to swallow, but you just might reek the rewards for it in the future.  

3. Be yourself: What a girl wants

Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?   

Ian Wallace

Being yourself is often difficult with everyone trying to tell who you’re supposed to be. But don’t go along with it, don’t cave. Be who you want to be whether that’s an artist, geologist, or a personal trainer. Be yourself, and you won’t regret the happiness you’ll find along the way.  

4. Don’t be afraid of the unknown: A Cinderella Story

Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.  

Samantha Martin

As a phrase her father used, Sam soon adopts it to express her faith in herself. While the future is uncertain, don’t be afraid of those uncertainties. Embrace them. The future doesn’t have to be scary if you don’t want it to be. So live in the moment and have fun. You only live once, right.

5. The truth will set you free: NCIS

We collect secrets over the years; hide behind them, depend on ’em like aces up our sleeve. We think we have to protect the people we love from the truth, but the truth isn’t the poison it’s the cure.  

Mike Franks

While the phrase ‘the truth will set you free’ is cliche, it’s true. We have to stop protecting the people we love by saying what we think they want to hear or what is easier to say. By telling the truth and letting your true feelings be shared, we all can better communicate about what is wrong or right.

6. Know when to move on: The West Wing  

What’s Next?

Jed Bartlet

Sometimes we get comfortable in our jobs, relationships, and even in our homes to notice that were too comfortable. It’s important to know when to move on not only from one task to another but also in life. Whether it’s applying for a promotion, moving to a different city, or chasing a lifelong dream, ask yourself, “What’s next?”

7. Nothing’s ever completely gone: Mary Poppins Returns

Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.

Mary Poppins

Nothing’s ever completely gone due to the memories we have, the stories we share, and the people we talk to. While some people may not be able to see the world today, that doesn’t mean their spirit is gone. It’s simply existing in a new form.

8. When one door closes another one opens: Uptown girls

Every story has an end. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning…

Ray Schleine

I know you probably heard the phrase when one door closes another one opens, but it’s true. After a breakup, you can move on and meet new women or men. After losing a job, you can look for a new one that offers different benefits, hours, and wages. By starting a “new beginning,” you can experience new opportunities and new adventures that you wouldn’t have had before.

9. Ask someone who understands: The West Wing

This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.”

Leo Mcgarry

Leo Mcgarry shares this brilliant metaphor with Josh, who is sharing his feelings on PTSD. By asking for help from someone who understands your situation can not only make you feel less alone in the process but can be extremely beneficial to your mental health.

10. Sometimes you just need to take a break: Christopher Robin

Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.

Winnie the Pooh

Anyone who has seen Christopher Robin knows Winnie the Pooh delivers some killer wit and it’s no surprise that this line came from the funny old’ bear himself. Sometimes when dealing with a project, personal issues, or matters of the heart, you can overthink and get inside of your head. But by doing “nothing” as Pooh declares you can relax and de-stress. Oftentimes this act of doing “nothing” leads you to ideas of inspiration and thoughts of clarity that can point you towards your end goal.

So…what do you think?

Have these quotes inspired you? Do you wish I included other movies or TV shows quotes? Tell me in the comments some of your favorite inspirational TV show and movies quotes.  

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