The Wisdom of Movies

atkins-bookshelf-moviesProducer Samuel Goldwyn once remarked, “[Movies are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.” Of course, that was before email and texting, but we digress. “Even so,” responds George Tiffen in his reference work, All the Best Lines: the History of the Movie in Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes, “filmmakers can rarely resist an opportunity to share a little wisdom.” Are are some pearls of wisdom from the movies:

“Never do nothing you wouldn’t want printed on the front page of the New York Times.” (Born Yesterday, 1950)

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971)

“A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.” (Wall Street, 1987)

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” (Van Wilder, 2002)

“The further you run from your sins, the more exhausted you are when they catch up to you.” (Inside Man, 2006)

“That which does not kill you only makes you stranger.” (The Dark Knight, 2008)

“When you go fishing you can catch a lot of fish, or you can catch a big fish. You ever walk into a guy’s den and see a picture of him standing next to fourteen trout?” (The Social Network, 2010)

Read related posts: Famous Love Quotes from the Movies
Most Famous Movie Quotations

The Best Love Stories
Best Academy Award Quotes
Best Books for Movie Lovers

For further reading: All the Best Lines: the History of the Movie in Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes by George Tiffin (2013)

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