Forests Top 10 Movie Quotes

aThe past few articles had various references to movies. I am a big can on top 10 lists. So in that aim I decided to give you my top 10 movie quotes. These quotes have greatly influenced me in various ways. As a disclaimer, some of these clips might have some amount of violence or strong language.

10) Gabriel explains how legalism does not work.- Constintine

“You are still trying to buy your way into heaven…how many times have I told you, that’s not the way this works…Everything you have ever done you have done- you have only done for yourself.”

In the movie Constantine the titular main character committed suicide as a teen. He went to hell for this, but was resuscitated in the ambulance. Having committed a mortal sin he knows he will go to hell, so he attempts to earn his way back by killing demons that he can now see. In this scene he meets the angle Gabriel and she explains that that isn’t going to work.

9) Neo meets the Architect.- The Matrix Reloaded

“You havn’t answered my question.”

This scene is probably the “worst” scene from a movie on this list. It is confusing, complicated, and hard to understand after sitting for 2 hours. It is on this list for this quip: “You havn’t answered my question.” Until this time in my life I just thought anything following a question was an answer, and didn’t realize it might not address the question. When people don’t want to accept the question they will often resort to this tactic. It’s a favorite of politicians.

8) Han Solo is frozen.- Star Wars IV, the Empire Strikes Back

“I know.”

In this scene Princess Leia confesses her love for Han Solo and his response is not expected. Instead of saying “I love you too.” He just says “I know.” Which is like the coolest thing anyways could say right there. I am big fan of saying this after being complimented. Responses to this vary.

7) Dr. Manhattan sees a miracle. – Watchmen

“I have longed to witness such an event [miracles] and yet I neglect that in human coupling millions upon millions of cells compete to create life for generation after generation until…finally until your mother loves a man Edward Blake, the Comedian, a man she has every reason to hate and out of that contradiction against unfathomable odds- it’s you. Only you- that emerged to distill so specific a form from all that chaos. It’s like turning air into gold, a miracle.”

In the Watchmen Dr. Manhattan is a man who has nearly limitless power. He can do anything, with the exception of relating to mankind. In this scene he realizes that the woman is the product of a rape. Her mother loves the man who raped her. The miracle Dr. Manhattan sees is life itself. How often do we forget of that miracle?

6) Gabriel tries to make mankind worthy of repentance. – Constintine

“You just to repent and God takes you into his bosom. In all the worlds in all the universe no other creature can make such a boast. It’s not fair. You have a sweet, sweet God who loves you so. And I will make you so…”

Earlier we saw Gabriel chide Constantine. While she was right about legalism, she believes that mankind will unite and find hope in our suffering and therefore seek out God. She does this by trying to bring the son of Satan into the world.

5) The God Entity explains his intervention in the lives of people. -Futurama

“When you do things right people won’t even be sure you have done anything at all.”

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I actually cheated here. This is from a TV show Futurama. In this episode one of the shows main characters, Bender, gets stuck drifting through space. He is a robot so he is doomed to an eternity of this. A small colony of sentient creatures start growing on him and worship him as God. He tries to answer their prayers and ends up killing them. He does not answer their prayers and they war with each other and kill them. Then Bender meets God while floating through space. His answer is not new, Augustine gives the same answer.

4) Riddick refuses to bow.- The Chronicles of Riddick

“Look I’m not with everyone here.”

I love this quote “Look I’m not with everyone here.” Many times I feel tempted to try to join to a group or crowd and I remember this quote. Riddick refuses to bow, and for that he is prompted to battle for that right. I think this is generally how it works in day to day life.

3) The Oracle’s conversation with Neo.- The Matrix Reloaded

“What do all men with power want? More power.”

Another timely quote from the oracle. I remember this quote when I attempt to understand power hungry people. People want to control their lives. If you are a part of their lives they might even try to control you. Some people don’t have any other reason than greed.

2) Will Smith shows us how to take a test.- Men in Black


This scene affected me early in my life. Will Smith’s character thinks outside of the box to solve a problem. I has always challenged me to do the same and to realize just because something *is* a certain way, does not mean it *has* to stay that way.

1) Valerie’s letter- V for Vendetta

“I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An Inch, it is small and it is fragile, but it is the only thing the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you. I love you. With all my heart, I love you. -Valerie”

This is the most powerful scene in a movie I have even witnessed. It is heart breaking. I have often recalled that line “Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one.” No matter how hard he struggle we must never let all of us die. I remember I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I also remember that she loves a person she has never met. This is so powerful to me, to love someone I have never met. It really is a display of the love of Christ.

How have movies affected your life? What movies have powerfully moved you?


  1. Great life lessons from those movie quotes! Other than Han Solo’s “I know” I do not remember or did not see the rest. You must have some sort of photographic or visual/audio graphic memory!

    My favorite simplistic a_ _ holey quote of all time, which I have been sharing for over 3 decades is:

    Since that is so unspiritual, unChristianly, ungentle, provocatively blunt, brutal, confrontational and unChrist-like, it does bug me from time to time…but probably not too much.

    At best I’ve said countless times that I would like to be a Christian version of Dirty Harry. My recent sermon on being as bold as a lion (and as gentle as a lamb) is my attempt to Christianize my Dirty Harry inclination:

  2. Thanks for sharing these, Forests. Movies have been an instrumental part of my recovery from the undue religious influence the ubf system imposed on my life and on my families’ life.

    #4 is not a movie I’ve seen, but I REALY LOVE that scene and quote you point out!

    #8 is surely my favorite, being a “Star Wars kid” from the 1970’s :)

    Two very very helpful movies for my recovery were The Truman Show and The Village. Both tell a fantastic tale about how the disconnect between fantasy and reality requires extreme effort to maintain, and how that disconnect is not sustainable unless there are willing enablers and intentional effort by the leaders.

    Both movies showed me why ubf leaders have to work so hard– they are always trying to keep the “Village” in order and in awe, and are always trying to hide the real world from “Truman”. This requires massive re-orientation continually.

  3. A few days ago I watched The Talented Mr. Ripley on Netflix with Matt Damon as the protagonist. It was a dark and gloomy movie with an interesting catchphrase:

    “I’d rather live as a fake somebody than as a real nobody.”

    I thought that was interesting and perhaps a great temptation for many.