Sometimes you just had to face it. You had to march right into the ugly middle… Otherwise you ended up against the wall, creeping fearfully around the edge your whole life.
Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Ralphie: Oh no, it was the classic mother BB gun block! Heh, heh. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” That deadly phrase uttered many times before by hundreds of mothers was not surmountable by any means known to kiddom.
There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.
Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.
Isaac: I know my analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful that I got another analyst.
Bud Fox: Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.
If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.
Ramius: Upon reaching the New World, Cortez burned his ships; as a result his men were well motivated.
Never spend your money before you have it.
Phil Dunphy: What was on my mind as I was walking that wire? I was thinking, if I can do this… then I have two ways to cross the yard.
It’s career suicide, colleagues tell me, to speak out against the literary establishment; they’ll smear you. But never mind. I’m too old and too invisible to said establishment to care.