Our favorite movies hold a special place in our heart.

Often, we can trace back specific periods in our life based on the movies we’ve watched and loved, especially growing up. But it’s the characters we really remember. The heroes who, whether superheroes or just regular people, stood up for something that mattered, and  left an impression on us that we won’t soon forget.

These heroes taught us important lessons about what it means to be courageous and live our life by our terms. Here are 27 inspirational quotes to help you live your own life courageously from some of those iconic cinematic heroes.

27 Inspiring Quotes From Our Favorite Movie Heroes

It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.

– Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins

Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.

– Professor Charles Xavier, X-Men: First Class

Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.

– William Wallace, Braveheart

Just treat me the same. No better, no worse.

– Jordan O’Neill, G.I. Jane

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

– Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.

– Rafiki, The Lion King

I shouldn’t be alive… unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.

– Tony Stark, Iron Man

But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely….A legend, Mr. Wayne.

– Ra’s Al Ghul, Batman Begins

I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.

Captain America, Captain America: The First Avenger

As long as we live, we must remain true to ourselves.

– Spartacus, Spartacus

Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life!

– Rocky Balboa, Rocky Balboa

Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don’t.

– Oskar Schindler, Schindler’s List

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

– Ferris, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.

– Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), 10 Things I Hate About You

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.

– Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.

– Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.

– Rocky, Rocky Balboa

Rocky quote - It ain't how hard you can hit, it's how hard you get hit and keep moving forward

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

– Walter Mitty, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?

– Chuck Noland, Cast Away

Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman– you’re perfect!

– Coach Gary Gaines, Friday Night Lights

If you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.

– Josey Wales, The Outlaw Josey Wales

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

– Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

What we do in life echoes in eternity.

– General Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator

Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the dark side.

– Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Every man dies, but not every man really lives.

– William Wallace, Braveheart

Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.

– Babe Ruth, The Sandlot

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.

Frodo and Sam, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers