Alright! Alright! Alright! So you graduated high school. Whether you are the valedictorian, or you barely graduated thanks to those night classes, it doesn’t matter. You made it! You graduated! Congratulations on accomplishing the easiest part of life!
It’s a big cold world out there, but this list of movie quotes should help you stay focused and sharp. And even if you’re not graduating this year, or you graduated 20 years ago, use this list to fuel you up for those obstacles that lay in front of you. Go get ‘em, tiger!
Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back: “Do, or do not, there is no try.” This one of those quotes that’s straight to the point. It’s simple, but leaves a HUGE impact. Whether if you’re a competitive athlete, artist, or entrepreneur, don’t just try to do it.
Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You: “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” Punch them in the face if they do.
Gandalf in Lord of the Rings: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” You’re here on this world for an unknown amount of time. Decide what do with it.
Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness: “You got a dream…you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” Once you get your first job, don’t be ashamed in doing that Will Smith teary-eyed clap. You earned it.
Ferris in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Rafiki in The Lion King: “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Damn. Rafiki kept it 100 with that one.
Dean Wormer in Animal House: “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
William Wallace in Braveheart: “Every man dies. But not every man lives.” FREEEEEEDOOOOOMM!!!
Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday: “We’re in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light.” It was either this or “Say hello to my little friend!” But I’m suppose to encourage you to strive for good. Not to become a drug lord.
Tyler Durden in Fight Club: “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
Thomas Wayne in Batman Begins: “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Keep that quote in your head as you listen to Hans Zimmer’s score while going through an intense workout. You’ll be accepted into the League of Shadows in no time!
I hope some of these quotes will stick to you as you make your way into the real world. There will be some tough times, but keep pushing. Whenever you feel like something can’t be done, remember Shia’s recent wise words:
Did I leave out any quotes that these kids need to know about? Let me know! Axial On!
Written by: Phillip Acevedo