I have a lot of quotes I find meaningful. Of them, I’d say 80-90% of them are from movies and TV as opposed to “real” people. Today I want to talk about a quote from one of my favorite live-action movies, The Crow. The Crow, made in 1994, is based on a graphic novel by James O’Barr. It centers around Eric Draven, a man who was murdered along with his fiancé by a gang in Detroit. On Devil’s Night a year later, Eric rises from the dead to take revenge on his killers.
In the movie, Eric and his fiancé, Shelly, were watching after a wayward youth named Sarah. Here is where the quote comes into play. Sarah is skating down the street in the pouring rain. A car almost runs her over and Eric pulls her back. (This is after Eric is resurrected). Sarah says “This is more like surfing than skating. I wish the rain would stop for once!” Eric responds, “It can’t rain all the time”. Eric was in a band prior to being offed, and this was a reference to one of their songs.
It seems like a throwaway line to some people. To me, though, this one little quote, in a way, drives my life. I have shitty days, sure, I’m only human. But when I get mad/sad/pissed/whatever, I think of this quote and it helps. Ok, yes, there are other factors to helping me calm down. The main one is calling the love of my life, Allie, and talking about it with her. But I think, even if taken in its literal sense, it really “Can’t rain all the time”. Yes, Eric was referring to the fact that it is literally raining, but I think it could be taken metaphorically too.
Emotionally, this quote is powerful and has weight to me. It got me to think, “Shit happens. It’ll pass.” Let me give a real-life example. On March 16, 2018, we lost my grandfather. We were in mourning, and I wanted to text Allie to tell her the news. Well it was while checking my messages that I saw an email from Kennedy Krieger Institute, namely Rebecca Landa. Dr. Rebecca Landa is world-renowned for her research and seminars on Autism. There was a CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disorders) national conference in Timonium. I was asked to be a keynote (or main) speaker at the conference. Again, this happened the day my grandfather died. I sometimes use the “When God shuts a door he opens a window” analogy for this scenario, but I think the “It can’t rain all the time” quote could be applicable as well.
I know it is “just” a quote from a fictional movie, but it means something to me. What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite movie quote that you find powerful or meaningful? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!