Question 515

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  1. smileylich:

    “You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life.” – Rocky Balboa

  2. Angria:

    One of my favorites, at least:

    “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  3. Nic:

    “Gallipoli” 1981
    In the middle of a desert:

    Archy Hamilton: If we don’t stop them there, they could end up here!
    Camel Driver: And they’re welcome to it.

  4. anonymous:

    When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who’s achieved the very summit of earthly ambition. And yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family, lay his head on his pillow and remember: the slave trade is no more.
    Lord Charles Fox
    -Amazing Grace-

  5. Keysa:

    ” I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn’t a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time… For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars… And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street… Or my grandmother’s hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper… And the first time I saw my cousin Tony’s brand new Firebird… And Janie… And Janie… And… Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday. ”

    – American Beauty

  6. Jaime:

    Guy Pearce’s “Time” speech during the movie “Memento.” It’s practically a Shakespearean soliloquy when he says “How can I heal, when I can’t heal time…”

  7. Billy:

    You know your father was Captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives. Including your mother’s and yours. I dare you to do better.

    -Star Trek (2009)
    Possibly the greatest speech and line ever delivered in film.

  8. Its gotta be V for Vendetta:

  9. Life:

    “Any Given Sunday” – The speech by Al Pachino. Its on Youtube if anyone wants to hear it.

  10. b:

    I don’t know what to say really.
    Three minutes
    to the biggest battle of our professional lives
    all comes down to today.
    we heal
    as a team
    or we are going to crumble.
    Inch by inch
    play by play
    till we’re finished.
    We are in hell right now, gentlemen
    believe me
    we can stay here
    and get the shit kicked out of us
    we can fight our way
    back into the light.
    We can climb out of hell.
    One inch, at a time.

    Now I can’t do it for you.
    I’m too old.
    I look around and I see these young faces
    and I think
    I mean
    I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
    I uh….
    I pissed away all my money
    believe it or not.
    I chased off
    anyone who has ever loved me.
    And lately,
    I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.

    You know when you get old in life
    things get taken from you.
    That’s, that’s part of life.
    you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
    You find out that life is just a game of inches.
    So is football.
    Because in either game
    life or football
    the margin for error is so small.
    I mean
    one half step too late or to early
    you don’t quite make it.
    One half second too slow or too fast
    and you don’t quite catch it.
    The inches we need are everywhere around us.
    They are in ever break of the game
    every minute, every second.

    On this team, we fight for that inch
    On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
    to pieces for that inch.
    We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
    Cause we know
    when we add up all those inches
    that’s going to make the fucking difference
    between WINNING and LOSING
    between LIVING and DYING.

    I’ll tell you this
    in any fight
    it is the guy who is willing to die
    who is going to win that inch.
    And I know
    if I am going to have any life anymore
    it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
    because that is what LIVING is.
    The six inches in front of your face.

    Now I can’t make you do it.
    You gotta look at the guy next to you.
    Look into his eyes.
    Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
    You are going to see a guy
    who will sacrifice himself for this team
    because he knows when it comes down to it,
    you are gonna do the same thing for him.

    That’s a team, gentlemen
    and either we heal now, as a team,
    or we will die as individuals.
    That’s football guys.
    That’s all it is.
    Now, whattaya gonna do?

    Any Given Sunday (Al Pacino)

  11. Tom:

    Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live — at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!!!

    William Wallace from Braveheart

  12. ozcr10:

    from the movie Pursuit of Happyness……

  13. k:

    Mr. Edward Magorium: 37 seconds.
    Molly Mahoney: Great. Well done. Now we wait.
    Mr. Edward Magorium: No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.

    and also from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium:

    Mr. Edward Magorium: [to Molly, about dying] When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written “He dies.” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is “He dies.” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with “He dies.” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies.” but because of the life we saw prior to the words.
    I’ve lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading… and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest “He died.”
    Molly Mahoney: I love you.
    Mr. Edward Magorium: I love you, too.(sighs) Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.

  14. pnog:

    I don’t know if any of these count as movies: Carl Sagan – A Universe Not Made For Us
    Fan-made documentary:

    Play in video format: Shakespeare – Henry V – St. Crispin’s Day

    video game: Final Fantasy X – Yunalesca’s speech.

  15. Rachel:

    Dobby’s from Harry Potter just before he died. It was so sweet!

  16. Life:

    Wow B thanks for putting up the whole speech up there.

  17. anonymous:

    “I’ll have what she’s having.”

  18. Jeane:

    In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.


  19. Rachel:

    “It is always surprising how small a part of life is taken up by meaningful moments. Most often they are over before they start although they cast a light on the future and make the person who originated them unforgettable.”
    King Chulalongkorn from “Anna and the King:

  20. sarah:

    in SLC punk, when heroin bob is dead and stevo is alone in the room talking (yelling?) to his best friend’s corpse. it isn’t a speech at all, but it’s the most heartbreaking thing ever
    he only says a few things… “i wasn’t ready for this” “now what am i gonna do for a friend” but its still the most real moment i’ve ever watched in a movie. very human

  21. Nathan:

    The final speech from 300. Always gets me fired up!

  22. anonimus:

    I just wanted to tell you that you were happy once, with me…
    Evan from The Buterfly Effect.
    Best movie ever(:

  23. Lili:

    ” Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!* “

  24. AJT:

    Speech from good will hunting.

  25. chantaylor:

    Law Abiding Citizen, when Clyde first goes to court.

    Judge- Do you have anything that you’d like to say, Mr. Shelton?

    Clyde Shelton- Yes yes yes, Your Honor. Should I stand?

    Judge- Please.

    Clyde Shelton- Your Honor, I’m a law-abiding citizen. I’m just a regular guy. I am not a flight risk. And this is my first alleged offense. And the prosecution has not presented one single piece of evidence against me. Now in these circumstances, unless the state has obtained some new piece of information
    relating to my involvement in the matter in question, then I find it highly prejudiciaI, even constitutionally offensive, to keep me detained without bail. It’s a slippery slope, your Honor. Haven’t we seen the result of such violations, both internationally and domestically? Case in point
    would be Day v. McDonough,docket 041325.

    Judge- I am actually inclined to agree with you, Mr. Shelton.

    Nick Rice- Your Honor, Mr. Shelton has agreed to give us a full confession.

    Judge- Has he given it, Mr. Rice?

    Nick Rice- No, Your Honor.

    Judge- Well, then in my opinion, the state has failed to establish a compelling basis for its motion, and I will grant bail in the amount of —

    Nick Rice- Your Honor, I would caution you not to do that.

    Clyde Shelton- Thank you.

    Judge- Excuse me?

    Clyde Shelton- No, I don’t think I will excuse you. You see, this is what I’m talking about. You were about to let me go. Are you kidding me? This is why we’re here in the first place. You think I don’t remember who you are, lady? How carefully should I tread? Because apparently I just killed two people, and you were about to let me walk right out that door! How misguided are you? I feed you a couple of bullshit legal precedents, and there you go- you jump on it like a bitch in heat.
    Folks, you all hang out in the same little club. And every day you let madmen and murderers back on the street. You’re too busy treating the law like it’s a fucking assembly line! Do you have any idea what justice is? Whatever happened to right and wrong? Whatever happened to right and wrong? Whatever happened to the people? Whatever happened to justice?

    Judge- Bail denied!

    Clyde Shelton- And I bet you take it up the fucking ass, bitch.

  26. chantaylor:

    Blow, when George goes to court when he gets caught transporting weed over the border:

    In all honesty, I don’t feel like what I’ve done is a crime and I think it’s illogical and irresponsible for you to sentence me to prison. None of the real criminals of the world ever end upbehind bars. I mean, when you think about it, what did I really do? Cross an imaginary line with a bunch of plants? You say that I’m an outlaw, you say that I’m a thief, but where’s the Christmas dinner for the people on relief?

  27. Heath:

    It’s a close tie between…
    – V for Vendetta: the note written by the actress about her life and love
    Because it fills me with emotion and nearly brings me to tears every time.
    – Good Will Hunting: Will’s speech to the NSA recruiter about why he shouldn’t work for them
    Because I’ve never seen a chunck of social commentary that’s still EXACTLY relevant 14 years later (if not even MORE relevant).

  28. Llian:

    I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.

    Fight Club

  29. Jessica:

    “Coach Boone brought us this far, y’all, but he ain’t going to be there for us forever, man. So what? We won a few games. And y’all fools think that’s something? Man, that ain’t nothing, y’all. And you know what else? We ain’t nothing, either. Yeah, we came together in camp. Cool. But then we’re right back here, and the world tells us that they don’t want us to be together. We fall apart
    like we ain’t a damn bit of nothing, man. And y’all think we done won something? Man, we ain’t won nothing, y’all–Nothing.”

    I just love that entire scene from Remember the TItans.

    Oh and of course, Coach Boone’s Gettysburg speech.

  30. anon, bro.:

    Hello Stonehenge! He who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe. But bad news everyone, ’cause guess who! Ha! Now you all are all whizzing about up there and it’s really very distracting, so would everyone please stop for a moment because I AM TALKING. There. Now. Look at me, no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn, oh and something else. I haven’t got anything to lose. So if you’re all sitting up there in your silly little spaceships with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica TONIGHT, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, AND THEN. Do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.~The Doctor

    ^ I memorized both The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang c:

    Doctor Who is just an inspiration to me, for serious.

  31. 500 days of summer:

    A: Tom: What happens if you fall in love?
    Summer: Well, you don’t believe that, do you?
    Tom: It’s love. It’s not Santa Claus.

  32. Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you may never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but it doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved. And the truth is I feel so angry, and the truth is I feel so fucking sad, and the truth is I’ve felt so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long I’ve been pretending I’m OK, just to get along, just for, I don’t know why, maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own. Well, fuck everybody. Amen.

    — from Synecdoche, New York

  33. Michelle:

    Maggie McGlone from “The Guardian” (2006):

    “If my muscles hurt, it just means I’ve used them.
    If it hurts to walk up the stairs, it’s just cause I’ve done it a hundred times to lay down next to a man who loved me.
    My face may have wrinkles, but I have laid under hundreds of skies on sunny days.
    I look like this, well, because I drank and I smoked and I lived and I loved and I screwed my way through a pretty damn good life.
    Getting old isn’t bad. It’s earned.”

  34. Green Knight:

    Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”:
    “My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered sheilds, when the age of man comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth I bid you stand, men of the West!”

    I still get pumped when I hear it 🙂

  35. Sara:

    “If you’re a bird, i’m a bird”

    The Notebook

  36. sunnyabrooke:

    “…I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. I love you, I’ll be seeing you…”
    The Notebook – letter to Allie

  37. Emma:

    “I think that’s what I find most strange about this world- nobody ever says how they feel. They hurt, but they don’t cry out. They’re happy, but they don’t dance or jump around. And they’re angry but they hardly ever scream. Because they feel ashamed. Nothing’s worse than that. So we all walk around with our heads looking down and never look up and see how beautiful the sky is.”
    -Uptown Girls

  38. Copper:

    Maximus’ speech in Gladiator before the first battle.

    Or Aragorn’s speech in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

  39. Cléa:

    “Cry and nobody will cry with you, laugh and everybody will laugh with you” – Old Boy.

  40. Joey:

    best movie exchange thats a speech –
    for best speech – And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine Patri. Et Fili. Spiritus Sancti.

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