Movie Quotes for Healthy & Happy Living

If you spend four seconds in my household, or just any time around me or my husband, you will know that we can find a TV and/or movie reference for almost every life situation.

Down to your last sip of a drink? “It’s like … second drink.”

Going to the doctor’s? ‘A lot of people go to college for seven years.’ ‘Yeah, they’re called doctors.’

Seeing something you don’t want to see? “My eyes! MY EYES!”

Looking for your suitcase? “Let’s see. Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? … Samsonite! I was way off! I knew it started with an S, though.”

Look, a ladybug! “You’re afraid of women and insects? Ladybugs must render you catatonic.”

Hands are cold? “Harry, your hands are FREEZING!”

Taking too long on something? “Congratulations, I’m 100 years old.”

Odorous gas? “Whew. That is pungent.”

I could keep going for … awhile. Greg and his sister can do a decent amount of ‘Tommy Boy’ lines (in order, as if you’re watching the movie!), and Ace Ventura is a must-quote when we’re with certain friends. (Well, any Jim Carrey movie, really). It adds spice to the conversation and gives everyone some common ground. And sometimes these TV/movie lines give us something real. A life lesson or a poignant reminder that holds impeccable relevance to our lives.

I’m pulling 10 Harry Potter quotes that are good reminders for healthy living. Harry Potter because a) it’s the best movie franchise in the history of film-making (I have no authority on this, other than being a movie-watcher); b) Harry Potter contains some of my favorite spiritual lessons; and c) I needed to have a focus. My movie shelf looks like this:

And choosing 10 quotes from random movies seems an overwhelming task. Here we go… (Disclaimer: the alternate title to this post – The Wisdom of Albus Dumbledore)

1. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. (Dumbledore, Sorcerer’s Stone)
Dreams keep us moving forward, but so does actually putting one foot in front of the other and living your life.

2. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. (Dumbledore, Chamber of Secrets)
I saw a shirt on a teenager the other day that said “LAZY BUT TALENTED.” Congratulations, dude. That will get you … nowhere. Choose to try, choose to use your talents, choose kindness, courage, and compassion.

3. Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself. (Dumbledore & Hermoine, Chamber of Secrets)
I have begun speaking out loud the things that are bothering instead of a) pretending they don’t bother me, or b) solely taking deep breaths. By naming things aloud to someone (or even to myself), the speaking almost releases it from your grasp of fear.

4. You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. (Dumbledore)
Born into a family of addicts? A family of college drop-outs? Born in a dead-end town with no dreams and even less hope? So? See #2, combine the two statements, and go do something about it.

5. We have all got power and darkness inside us. What matters is the power we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. (Sirius Black)
There are certain students who have this special … trait. People like them and admire them and follow them. We educators encourage our students to use this power for good. Be a positive force, a positive leader.

6. We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. (Dumbledore)
I challenge you to apply this to your household, especially if you are struggling in your marriage or in parenting. Unite. Fight together. Resist any negative force that attempts to rip you apart.

7. Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love. (Dumbledore)
The social interactions that make me the saddest and maddest are the ones where I see in someone’s eyes either a lack of compassion for others or a lack of knowledge that they are loved. In both cases, something has gone very, very wrong. We must treat both kinds with compassion and care, setting an example for each.

8. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light. (Dumbledore)
My favorite there’s-always-hope quote. A reminder to look for the good even when it feels like you’re surrounded by evil.

9. As is a tale, so is life, not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. (J.K. Rowling)
This one isn’t from Harry Potter but since J.K. Rowling said it, it counts. Some people live more in their 8 years than others do in their 80. Make it count.

10. We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on. (Dumbledore)
Read here to see how impassioned I am in my effort to turn anger and frustration into anything but bitterness. Letting anguish win means we’ve let go of our hope. Battling on means we’re not sure when, we’re not sure how, and we’re not sure why, but we’ll rise above one of these days.

You tell me:

What is your favorite movie quote?


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