18 Motivational Movie Quotes From The 90s That Will Help You Succeed In The 21st Century

3/25/14 4:42PM EST

18 Motivational Movie Quotes From The 90s That Will Help You Succeed In The 21st Century 18 Motivational Movie Quotes From The 90s That Will Help You Succeed In The 21st Century

Jerry Maguire

Whoever said movies from the 90s could no longer speak to us smartphone-toting millennials clearly hadn’t considered the following motivational quotes from our favorite, decades-old films. These pearls of wisdom speak for themselves when it comes to succeeding in the modern world.

1. “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”

From “Schindler’s List”: Truths this deep don’t get old with the passing of millenniums.

2. “It’s like hitting a tennis ball against a brick wall…which can be fun. It can be fun, but it’s not a game.”

From “American Pie”: Jim’s dad on the value of getting laid. Remembering this will motivate you next time you think about jerking off at home instead of going out on a weekend night.

3. “Life is cruel, will treat you unfairly. Even so, a god there must be. Mini Me, you complete me. Just the two of us, we can make it if we try. Just the two of us. You and I.”

From “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”: Dr. Evil reminds us through song that life can be tough, but having a good friend (or clone) will help get you through it.

4. “You guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?”

From “Home Alone”: A young Macaulay Culkin gives you an idea of what to say to a formidable adversary.

5. “You can’t handle the truth!”

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From “A Few Good Men”: Say this to someone begging you for answers and watch them cower in their booties.

6. “Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.”

From “Groundhog Day”: Bill Murray’s supernatural truism can prompt you to live every day as if it’s your last.

7. “I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…and then I remember to relax…and stop trying to hold onto it….and then it flows through me like rain….and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”

From “American Beauty”: Don’t let your life be stupid and little, though.

8. “Run, Forrest, run!”

From “Forrest Gump”: Always keep going; someone’s cheering you on.

9. “My Mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.’”

Also from “Forrest Gump”: That was one smart Mama.

10. “Failure is not an option.”

From “Apollo 13”: Not a smart option, at any rate.

11. “To infinity and beyond!”

From “Toy Story”: Buzz Lightyear was a pretty motivational children’s toy, if you think about it this being his main catchphrase.

12. “Show me the money!”

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From “Jerry Maguire”: You should always be asking this question.

13. “Ernest Hemingway once wrote: ‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.”

From “Se7en”: The world’s only gotten worse since the 90s, some might say…

14. “There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.”

From “Fargo”: Okay, so don’t always demand that people “show you the money.”

15. “You make me want to be a better man.”

From “As Good As it Gets”: You should hope you have someone to say this to in this day and age.

16. “Are you crying? There’s no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!”

From “A League of Their Own”: Baseball seems to still be cry-free these days.

17. “Some people say it’s forgive and forget. Nah, I don’t know. I say forget about forgivin’ and just accept – and get the hell outta town.”

From “Grosse Pointe Blank”: Sometimes getting “the hell outta town” is all we need to start making something of ourselves.

18. “Never give up; never surrender.”

From “Galaxy Quest”: Follow this advice always and you’ll have no choice but to succeed in life.

 
 
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