Today’s post is actually going to be a two-for-one package deal. SO CALL NOW! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! The first quote I’d like to talk about is from, in my opinion, possibly one of the greatest animated Disney movies ever made—The Lion King. First off let me just say I LOVE Disney movies! They are just fun movies that everyone can enjoy! The animated Renaissance Disney movies are quite possibly some of the greatest movies ever made, and Lion King is NO EXCEPTION! Keep in mind, I am a kid at heart and grew up watching Disney animated movies, so my opinion might be kind of one-sided. Anyway, if you have never seen Lion King (the 1994 animated one) before, first of all…WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?! But more importantly, if you have never seen the movie before, I suggest you either stop reading or “Be Prepared” (See what I did there?) for a MAJOR spoiler alert! So in the Lion King, the main character Simba’s father, Mufasa, is killed by his brother, Scar. After Mufasa dies, Simba runs away, meets Timon and Pumba and adopts the carefree “Hakuna Matata” mantra and lifestyle. Simba eventually meets Rafiki the baboon. Rafiki tells Simba that “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it…OR learn from it.” Pretty powerful stuff. But to me, that’s not even the most meaningful and inspirational quote from the movie. That honor goes to the ghost of Mufasa. Mufasa’s ghost tells Simba to “Remember who you are”. That’s the quote that has stuck with me for 20-some years. That quote is probably one of the most inspirational from any Disney movie I have ever seen, minus Dory telling Marlin to “Just Keep Swimming”, but that’s a post for another day. Growing up, the quote “Remember who you are” taught me to stay true to who I was at that point. It still does. I think it’s a combination of that quote and the way I was raised that impacted me so much growing up. I was taught from Lion King to never forget my roots or where I came from. I like to think I am a grounded, down-to-Earth and humble individual, regardless of my status in the Autism community. Honestly, Lion King and 90s Disney movies in general, helped shape and mold me into the person I am today. It’s weird, but I can relate to a lot of 90s Disney movies, even if they are fictional and animated. I think Disney has this gift to make movies everyone of all age, race, denomination, ethnicity, et cetera can relate to and find appealing. I think there is something about a good Disney film no one else can match, and I think that in and of itself is inspirational. I love the fact that Disney movies and characters are pretty much a universal language and phenomenon. Everyone knows them!
Before I get too off-topic and carried away on my Disney rants, the second quote I would like to talk about is from a book-turned-movie by Stephen King. It’s a quote from a letter from one prison inmate to another in Shawshank Redemption. While in prison, a prison inmate and contraband smuggler named Red tells new inmate, Andy that “Hope is a dangerous thing in here”. Later, after Red is out of jail, he finds a letter from Andy. In part, the letter reads, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of thing. And no good thing ever dies.” Deep, huh?
Now I have to say, this quote has a lot less impact on me than the Lion King quote, but it still holds up. I really do think that for the most part, hope is a good thing. However, it can have negativity and animosity attached to it. “I hope you die/I hope you get hit by a bus/I hope they throw away the key/etc.” But in this instance, it’s a good thing. As for the second part of that quote, “No good thing ever dies”? Maybe I am reading too much into this or taking it too literally or overanalyzing it, but I think good ideals never die. Love, hope, world peace, unity…even Heaven if you want to go that route…are ideals that will never die. Dr. King’s ideals of equality in America is one example. I think these ideals are important to us as humans. We carry them around with us, hold them closer to our hearts, and pass them down to the next generation. Then that generation passes it down to the generation after them, and so on.
So that does it for me. I know there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of other inspirational and meaningful movie quotes out there that mean so much to so many people. I myself had a hard time narrowing it down to just two for this post. So many quotes from so many movies are so impactful to so many people, myself included.
So what movie quotes are meaningful and inspirational to you? And why? I look forward to reading your responses and why the quotes you picked mean so much to you. Thanks for reading!