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100 pieces of advice from movies

Don't just watch, listen

While it's normally standard practice to seek advice from parents, teachers, doctors, policemen and fortune tellers, people just don't give enough credit to the fountain of knowledge that is the cinema.

Instructing us on how to see ourselves and the world around us, screenwriters have been acting as unappreciated and extremely helpful friends for years now and we think it's only fair to give them the credit they deserve.

So here are 100 pieces of advice spouted by characters that we should really do some listening to.

(Images: Rex Features, All Star, YouTube)

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    "You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're… More details

    Fight Club

    Fight Club

    "You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."

    Tyler Durden

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    "Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't… More details

    Rocky

    Rocky

    "Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life!"

    Rocky Balboa

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    "Sometimes you have to bend with the breeze or you… More details

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    "Sometimes you have to bend with the breeze or you break."

    Vin Tanner

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    "Named must your fear be before banish it you… More details

    The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    "Named must your fear be before banish it you can."

    Yoda

  • Teen Wolf

    Teen Wolf

    "There are three rules that I live by: never get less… More details

    Teen Wolf

    Teen Wolf

    "There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body."

    Coach Flinstock

  •  The Social Network

    The Social Network

    "When you go fishing you can catch a lot of fish, or… More details

     The Social Network

    The Social Network

    "When you go fishing you can catch a lot of fish, or you can catch a big fish. You ever walk into a guy's den and see a picture of him standing next to fourteen trout?"

    Sean Parker

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    "Get busy living or get busy dying" Andy Dufresne More details

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    "Get busy living or get busy dying"

    Andy Dufresne

  • Memento

    Memento

    "We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we… More details

    Memento

    Memento

    "We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are."

    Leonard Shelby

  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    "Men fear most what they cannot see." Henri Ducard More details

    Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    "Men fear most what they cannot see."

    Henri Ducard

  • Braveheart

    Braveheart

    "We all end up dead, it's just a question of how and… More details

    Braveheart

    Braveheart

    "We all end up dead, it's just a question of how and why."

    William Wallace

  • The Karate Kid

    The Karate Kid

    "Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish… More details

    The Karate Kid

    The Karate Kid

    "Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything."

    Mr. Miyagi

  • Swingers

    Swingers

    "There's nothing wrong with letting the girls know… More details

    Swingers

    Swingers

    "There's nothing wrong with letting the girls know that you're money and that you want to party."

    Trent

  • V For Vendetta

    V For Vendetta

    "People should not be afraid of their governments.… More details

    V For Vendetta

    V For Vendetta

    "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

    V

  • Wedding Crashers

    Wedding Crashers

    "Funerals are insane, the chicks are so horny, its not… More details

    Wedding Crashers

    Wedding Crashers

    "Funerals are insane, the chicks are so horny, its not even fair, its like fishing with dynamite."

    Chazz Reinhold

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    "Real loss is only possible when you love something… More details

    Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    "Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself."

    Sean Maguire

  • Dodgeball

    Dodgeball

    "If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a… More details

    Dodgeball

    Dodgeball

    "If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball."

    Patches O'Houlihan

  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

    The Lord Of The Rings: The …

    "All we have to decide is what to do with the time… More details

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

    "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

    Gandalf

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is… More details

    Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is what you share with someone else when you're uncool."

    Lester Bangs

  • Leon

    Leon

    "Revenge is not good. Once you're done. Believe… More details

    Leon

    Leon

    "Revenge is not good. Once you're done. Believe me."

    Leon

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    "Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family… More details

    The Godfather

    The Godfather

    "Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

    Don Corleone

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    “Life does not stop and start at your… More details

    The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    “Life does not stop and start at your convenience.”

    Walter Sobchak

  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby

    "Sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step… More details

    Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby

    "Sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back... But step back too far and you ain't fighting at all."

    Scrap

  • Back To the Future

    Back To the Future

    "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish… More details

    Back To the Future

    Back To the Future

    "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."

    Marty McFly

  • Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur

    “You ask how to fight an idea. I’ll tell you how. With… More details

    Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur

    “You ask how to fight an idea. I’ll tell you how. With another idea.”

    Messala

  • Saw III

    Saw III

    "Death is a surprise party. Unless of course you're… More details

    Saw III

    Saw III

    "Death is a surprise party. Unless of course you're already dead on the inside."

    Jigsaw

  • Any Given Sunday

    Any Given Sunday

    “When you get old, in life, things get taken from you. I… More details

    Any Given Sunday

    Any Given Sunday

    “When you get old, in life, things get taken from you. I mean, that's a part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff."

    Tony D'Amato

  • The Outlaw Of Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Of Josey Wales

    "If you lose your head and you give up, then you… More details

    The Outlaw Of Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Of Josey Wales

    "If you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."

    Josey Wales

  • Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy And The Sunda…

    “Don’t ever hit your mother with a shovel. It leaves a… More details

    Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

    “Don’t ever hit your mother with a shovel. It leaves a dull impression on her mind.”

    Butch Cassidy

  • The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy

    “You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no… More details

    The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy

    “You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music.”

    The Cable Guy

  • Cool Runnings

    Cool Runnings

    "A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not… More details

    Cool Runnings

    Cool Runnings

    "A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without one, you'll never be enough with one."

    Irv

  •  The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    “If you’re good at something, never do it for… More details

     The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

    The Joker

  • Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka And The Chocola…

    “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest… More details

    Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

    “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”

    Willy Wonka

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's …

    "It's hard for something to grow on something that's… More details

    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    "It's hard for something to grow on something that's moving."

    RP McMurphy

  • Manhattan

    Manhattan

    “Talent is luck. The important thing in life is… More details

    Manhattan

    Manhattan

    “Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.”

    Isaac

  • Lost In Translation

    Lost In Translation

    “The more you know who you are and what you want, the… More details

    Lost In Translation

    Lost In Translation

    “The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

    Bob Harris

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    “Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false,… More details

    Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    “Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing.”

    Col. Hans Landa

  • The Expendables

    The Expendables

    “The man who best gets along with women is the man who… More details

    The Expendables

    The Expendables

    “The man who best gets along with women is the man who can get along without them.”

    Barney Ross

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    “With great power comes great responsibility.” Uncle Ben More details

    Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    Uncle Ben

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    “The dead only know one thing – it is better to be… More details

    Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    “The dead only know one thing – it is better to be alive.”

    Pvt. Joker

  • Swimming With Sharks

    Swimming With Sharks

    “If they can't start a meeting without you, well, that's… More details

    Swimming With Sharks

    Swimming With Sharks

    “If they can't start a meeting without you, well, that's a meeting worth going to, isn't it? And that's the only kind of meeting you should ever concern yourselves with.”

    Buddy Ackerman

  • Gandhi

    Gandhi

    “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world… More details

    Gandhi

    Gandhi

    “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    “Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you… More details

    Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    “Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character.”

    Winston Wolfe

  • The Town

    The Town

    “No matter how much you change, you still got to pay the… More details

    The Town

    The Town

    “No matter how much you change, you still got to pay the price for the things you’ve done.”

    Doug MacRay

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

    “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in… More details

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

    “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.”

    Roger Rabbit

  • The Weather Man

    The Weather Man

    “Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right… More details

    The Weather Man

    The Weather Man

    “Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing? Nothing that has meaning is easy.”

    Robert Spritzel

  • The Killer Inside Me

    The Killer Inside Me

    “Nobody has it coming. That’s why no one sees it… More details

    The Killer Inside Me

    The Killer Inside Me

    “Nobody has it coming. That’s why no one sees it coming.”

    Lou Ford

  • Amelie

    Amelie

    "It's better to help people than garden… More details

    Amelie

    Amelie

    "It's better to help people than garden gnomes."

    Amelie

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    “In this day and age a man has to have choices; a man has… More details

    Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    “In this day and age a man has to have choices; a man has to have a little bit of variety.”

    Mickey Knox

  • Greenberg

    Greenberg

    “It’s huge to finally embrace the life you never… More details

    Greenberg

    Greenberg

    “It’s huge to finally embrace the life you never planned on.”

    Ivan Schrank

  • Once Upon A Time In The West

    Once Upon A Time In The West

    “Taking it easy is the first thing a businessman should… More details

    Once Upon A Time In The West

    Once Upon A Time In The West

    “Taking it easy is the first thing a businessman should do.”

    Harmonica

  • Office Space

    Office Space

    "Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles… More details

    Office Space

    Office Space

    "Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements."

    Peter Gibbons

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    “Experience is not what happens to a man, it’s what a… More details

    A Single Man

    A Single Man

    “Experience is not what happens to a man, it’s what a man does with what happens to him.”

    George

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    "Now, you listen to me, jerk-off, if you're not a part… More details

    Die Hard

    Die Hard

    "Now, you listen to me, jerk-off, if you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem."

    John McClane

  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spo…

    “Constantly talking isn't necessarily… More details

    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    “Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating.”

    Joel Barish

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    "-Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should… More details

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    "-Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself."

    Ferris Bueller

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    "If someone asks if you are a god, you say,… More details

    Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    "If someone asks if you are a god, you say, "yes!""

    Winston Zeddemore

  • Dan In Real Life

    Dan In Real Life

    “Love is not a feeling, it's an ability.” Dan Burns More details

    Dan In Real Life

    Dan In Real Life

    “Love is not a feeling, it's an ability.”

    Dan Burns

  • Invictus

    Invictus

    "Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes… More details

    Invictus

    Invictus

    "Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear."

    Nelson Mandela

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    “Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the… More details

    12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    “Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.”

    Juror #8

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    “Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they… More details

    Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    “Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don't even try.”

    Edwin Hoover

  • Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road

    “I just happen to think people are better off doing… More details

    Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road

    “I just happen to think people are better off doing something they actually like.”

    Frank Wheeler

  • Stand By Me

    Stand By Me

    “Kids lose everything unless there's someone there to… More details

    Stand By Me

    Stand By Me

    “Kids lose everything unless there's someone there to look out for them.”

    Chris Chambers

  • Knocked Up

    Knocked Up

    "Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of… More details

    Knocked Up

    Knocked Up

    "Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."

    Pete

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids

    "You're your problem...and you're also your solution.… More details

    Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids

    "You're your problem...and you're also your solution. "

    Megan

  • Colors

    Colors

    “You don't want to get laid, man. It leads to kissing and… More details

    Colors

    Colors

    “You don't want to get laid, man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to talk to them.”

    Danny McGavin

  • Cocktail

    Cocktail

    “Never tell tales about a woman. No matter how far away… More details

    Cocktail

    Cocktail

    “Never tell tales about a woman. No matter how far away she is, she'll always hear you.”

    Doug Coughlin

  • Goodfellas

    Goodfellas

    "If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that… More details

    Goodfellas

    Goodfellas

    "If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you, doesn't happen that way."

    Henry Hill

  • Gran Torino

    Gran Torino

    “The thing that haunts a man the most is what he isn’t… More details

    Gran Torino

    Gran Torino

    “The thing that haunts a man the most is what he isn’t ordered to do.”

    Walt Kowalski

  • Angel Heart

    Angel Heart

    “There's enough religion in the world to make men hate… More details

    Angel Heart

    Angel Heart

    “There's enough religion in the world to make men hate each other, but not enough to make them love.”

    Louis Cyphre

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    "The older you get, the more rules they are going to… More details

    Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    "The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow"

    Wooderson

  • Van Wilder

    Van Wilder

    “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you… More details

    Van Wilder

    Van Wilder

    “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.”

    Van Wilder

  • The Dish

    The Dish

    “Failure is never quite so frightening as… More details

    The Dish

    The Dish

    “Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.”

    Cliff Buxton

  • The NeverEnding Story

    The NeverEnding Story

    "Never give up and good luck will find… More details

    The NeverEnding Story

    The NeverEnding Story

    "Never give up and good luck will find you."

    Falcor

  • One Hour Photo

    One Hour Photo

    “Nobody takes a picture of something they want to… More details

    One Hour Photo

    One Hour Photo

    “Nobody takes a picture of something they want to forget.”

    Seymour Parrish

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently… More details

    The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

    Man In Black

  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    “You know what the scariest thing is? To not know your… More details

    Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    “You know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world. To not know why you’re here.”

    Elijah Price

  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    "A man can convince anyone he's someone else but never… More details

    The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    "A man can convince anyone he's someone else but never himself."

    Verbal Kint

  • Risky Business

    Risky Business

    "College women can smell ignorance" Joel Goodson More details

    Risky Business

    Risky Business

    "College women can smell ignorance"

    Joel Goodson

  • Wanted

    Wanted

    "We don't know how far the ripples of our decisions… More details

    Wanted

    Wanted

    "We don't know how far the ripples of our decisions go."

    Fox

  • Airplane!

    Airplane!

    "Flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle,… More details

    Airplane!

    Airplane!

    "Flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes."

    Rex Kramer

  • School Of Rock

    School Of Rock

    "If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You… More details

    School Of Rock

    School Of Rock

    "If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at the man!"

    Dewey Finn

  • Wayne's World

    Wayne's World

    "Marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some… More details

    Wayne's World

    Wayne's World

    "Marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries."

    Wayne Campbell

  • Scream

    Scream

    "Life is like a movie. Only you can't pick your… More details

    Scream

    Scream

    "Life is like a movie. Only you can't pick your genre."

    Billy Loomis

  • Sleuth

    Sleuth

    “Sex is the game. Marriage is the penalty.” Andrew Wyke More details

    Sleuth

    Sleuth

    “Sex is the game. Marriage is the penalty.”

    Andrew Wyke

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    This Is Spinal Tap

    “It’s such a fine line between stupid and… More details

    This Is Spinal Tap

    This Is Spinal Tap

    “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”

    David St. Hubbins

  • Up In The Air

    Up In The Air

    “Life’s better with company. Everybody needs a… More details

    Up In The Air

    Up In The Air

    “Life’s better with company. Everybody needs a co-pilot.”

    Ryan Bingham

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    “Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect… More details

    The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    “Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.”

    John Bender

  • Troy

    Troy

    “War is young men dying and old men talking.” Odysseus More details

    Troy

    Troy

    “War is young men dying and old men talking.”

    Odysseus

  • Caddyshack

    Caddyshack

    “Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights will make… More details

    Caddyshack

    Caddyshack

    “Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights will make a left.”

    Ty Webb

  • Reds

    Reds

    “If you want to have freedom, you’ve got to go where… More details

    Reds

    Reds

    “If you want to have freedom, you’ve got to go where the freedom is.”

    John Reed

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter And The Philos…

    “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your… More details

    Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

    “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”

    Dumbledore

  • Tropic Thunder

    Tropic Thunder

    "Being an actor's no different than being a rugby… More details

    Tropic Thunder

    Tropic Thunder

    "Being an actor's no different than being a rugby player or construction worker, save for the fact that my tools are the mechanisms which trigger human emotion."

    Kirk Lazarus

  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2

    The Naked Gun 2 1/2

    "Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a… More details

    The Naked Gun 2 1/2

    The Naked Gun 2 1/2

    "Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurts."

    Frank Drebin

  • To Kill A Mockingbird

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    "You never really understand a person until you… More details

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. ... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

    Atticus Finch

  • Che: Part One

    Che: Part One

    “The opportunities of most people are determined by… More details

    Che: Part One

    Che: Part One

    “The opportunities of most people are determined by forces they do not even see.”

    Che Guevara

  • The Color Of Money

    The Color Of Money

    “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” Fast… More details

    The Color Of Money

    The Color Of Money

    “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

    Fast Eddie Felson

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    “There are opportunities in life for gaining knowledge… More details

    Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    “There are opportunities in life for gaining knowledge and experience. Sometimes it is necessary to take a risk.”

    Jeffrey Beaumont

  • Big Fish

    Big Fish

    “The more difficult something is, the more rewarding it… More details

    Big Fish

    Big Fish

    “The more difficult something is, the more rewarding it is in the end.”

    Ed Bloom

  • Adaptation

    Adaptation

    “You are what you love not what loves you.” Charlie… More details

    Adaptation

    Adaptation

    “You are what you love not what loves you.”

    Charlie Kaufman

  • Kill Bill: Volume One

    Kill Bill: Volume One

    "When fortune smiles on something as violent and ugly… More details

    Kill Bill: Volume One

    Kill Bill: Volume One

    "When fortune smiles on something as violent and ugly as revenge, it seems proof like no other, that not only does God exist, you're doing His will."

    The Bride

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