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5 Life Lessons We Can Learn from These Movies

What makes movies appealing to people is that they are entertaining. They make us laugh and cry. The dialogues or the story itself sometimes make us question about how we are living our life, how our actions affect others. Indeed, many movies have taught us some of life’s valuable lessons like the following movies:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

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“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Bravery is not that easy. It means having the courage to stand up for yourself, for what you believe in. Being brave is expressing your opinion despite the disapproval of your audience. Being brave is doing what you think is right despite the risk of being laughed at by others. Be brave, as long as the end result is beneficial to most, as long as you think it’s worth it—even if it means doing it against the wishes of someone you love, your own family or friend. It may be hard, but everything’s easier said than done anyway.

2. The Lion King (1994)

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“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”

There are many memorable quotes in this movie, but this one from Rafiki is everyone’s favorite. And we should learn from it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, nobody is perfect. What is important is that you have learned something from it. We can’t hide from our past mistakes, we can’t run from it, the pain will continue to haunt us forever. There will always be regret, but it’s already in the past, learn to forgive yourself. We can’t turn back the time, we can’t rewrite our history, but we are in control of our present and we still have the future. It’s enough time for us to right the wrongs we did in the past.

3. Spider-Man (2002)

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“But the one thing they love more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying.”

The most memorable quote from this movie is “Great power comes great responsibility”—the words of wisdom from Uncle Ben. But it’s not just that line that has left a big impact on people.

If celebrities do some good like donate to charities, some appreciate them, some will say they should do that often because they are celebrities, they can afford it; but once they make a mistake, just a single mistake, everyone starts to judge them.

This line said by Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) to Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) is a good reminder to everyone—especially those born in the Internet era, where everyone is watching your every move and is always hungry for scandal—to never do something that would make you look bad because once you fall from grace, it’s difficult to come back.

4. A Bronx Tale (1993)

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“Listen to me, kid. If she doesn’t reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in, that means she’s a selfish broad and all you’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg. You dump her and you dump her fast.”

This is Sonny’s advice to Calogero when the young boy tells him that there is a girl he likes. The mobster says that he should make the door test. In this test, a guy should open the girl’s side of the door and let her in. In return, she should also unlock the door for him. If she doesn’t do that, it means that the girl is selfish and he should dump her immediately. And it’s something everyone finds agreeable. We should always remember that every little act of thoughtfulness or kindness counts. Just put yourself in another man’s shoes, it’s not that easy but it’s necessary if you want to build trust with that person.

5. Love Story (1970)

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“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

This is one of the most memorable romantic movie quotes ever. Even if you have not yet seen the movie, you know this one. But unlike the other lines, this one is chosen because most of those who have seen the movie probably disagree to that quote.

When you’re in the wrong, you have to say sorry to the person. If you love someone, you don’t want to hurt that person, right? But it’s almost impossible to be perfect, we are only human, we commit mistakes, and if we know we’ve hurt a person, we should always apologize. If we truly accept that person, of course, we have to accept their flaws and everything, but acceptance of a flawed personality doesn’t mean you will tolerate the bad habits. Don’t be stagnant, be open to constructive criticism. You need it so you grow as a person. You need to push each other to be better. If you can’t accept criticism from your partner, then you don’t need a partner, you need an enabler.

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