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Inspirational Manly Movie Quotes to Get You Fired Up

By Nick H.

Top 5 Movie Quotes for Men

For eons now men have been carrying entire conversations with little more than well placed movie quotes. In fact, the “name that movie quote” game has become the method of choice for passing time on the road or in a line amongst men countrywide. But why are we so determined to remember movie scenes that we watch the same films time and time again? Why do we enjoy quotes more when they’re obscure and harder to recognize? Honestly, I’m not sure. What I do know is that I, like so many of you, love everything from Tarantino and Shyamalan to the Farrelly brothers and everything in between. Here are a few of the most manly movie scenes in recent history.

#5 True Romance

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“You tell the angels in heaven you never seen evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you.”

This is one of Quentin Tarantino’s more gritty films which sets the stage perfectly for one of the best written verbal chess games of all time. A high ranking enforcer of a mob boss is looking for a boy who is being protected by his father. The man’s father knows that he’ll die whether or not he gives up the location of his son.

In an effort to keep his enemy from gaining information that will surely lead to his sons demise, he decides to insult the Sicilian mobster so badly that he’ll be unable to finish the interrogation. Accepting his certain death, the father takes a cigarette and conversationally inflicts blow after blow to the mob boss and his Sicilian heritage. This scene applies a very human connection to the crime world and is bound to leave you speechless. Just remember the context of the words being spoken. He’s addressing a man devoid of morality in a way that will be heard by such.

#4 Anchorman II

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Wes Mantooth: Now here’s the thing. While I’ve been talking, my news team has emptied their gas tanks at your feet. I drop this smoke and every one of you goes poof.

Jack Lime: Well, you forgot one thing leatherman. You drop that smoke, you die, too.

Wes Mantooth: [Wes laughs] With the things I’ve done in my life? Oh, I know I’m going to burn in hell. So I sure as shit ain’t afraid to burn here on Earth.

Ron Burgundy: Oh my goodness, that’s the most badass thing I have ever heard.

The best thing about this quote is that it was the perfect ending to the outrageous news team fight sequence at the end of the movie. Vince Vaughn saved the day in the movie and for the audience. He captured a moment of Mafioso goodness in the midst of a convoluted mess with minotaurs, lasers and ghosts. Just don’t make fun of his mom, she was a saint!

My actual favorite quote in this movie is when Ron says “Best decision I ever made was putting this deep fryer in the RV”, but that’s only because I want to install a deep fryer in my RV.

#3 Good Will Hunting

Will pretty much destroyed Robin Williams’ character the night before by diagnosing a painting of his. For a brief moment you can see a glimmer of respect out of Will when Williams grabs him by the throat and slams him against the wall. Big dog mentality was obviously the best way to break through to a fellow resident of south Boston. What’s amazing however, is how Robin’s character was able to use reason and logic to appeal to Will’s senses the following morning. My personal favorite monologue of all time is what follows:

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“You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right: ‘Once more into the breach, dear friends.’ But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap and watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on Earth just for you.”

The point is that knowledge is no substitute for experience. This quote really reminds me of the Internet and the millions of “geniuses” who think they’ve mastered a subject with a few keystrokes. Never forget, knowledge is not wisdom! The wise are forged through repetitive experience. It often involves loss, pain, regret and heartache but fortunately there’s a yin to the yang. Loss isn’t possible without first having possession. A heart can’t ache if it doesn’t beat and you can never regret if there was never a choice. Life is both tough and easy, hard and soft, painful and overwhelmingly sensational. This is the tragic beauty that is our joy.

#2 The Grey

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“Once more into the fray… Into the last good fight I’ll ever know… Live or die on this day… Live or die on this day…”

A great friend of mine used to say, “there’s freedom in losing all hope.” He would only say it right before surf torture at BUD/S, which made it freekin hilarious! I love both of these quotes because of what they mean, not what they say. Our entire lives we’re taught self-preservation and that staying healthy and safe is paramount to risk. But is this really true? Is safety more important than risk? I ask this because triumph can only come about when risk is accepted, mitigated and overcome. There are very few times in life when we’re allowed, or even expected, to throw caution to the wind and say Fuck It, Lets Do It (FILDI*).

When self-preservation becomes impossible, I want to see what I am when all that’s left is skin and bone. I was afforded such an opportunity in the first phase of BUD/S when Bryan Black and I entered into the much dreaded Hell Week. Let me just say, it was exactly as advertised. For the first time in my life, I was able to see what and who I was behind the curtain of super ego. I wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or strongest guy there but figured out quickly that I could tell a well timed joke when things got tough. I also learned that gratitude was more powerful than anger because it lasted longer and that humor was more effective than silence because it made light of things, the ultimate defense mechanism. While the training was a great example of how positive an FILDI attitude can be, real world applications are always more powerful.

There are times in life when reason, logic and good intentions aren’t enough. This movie demonstrates this beautifully. The Alpha wolf was upon him and it was kill or be killed. It’s in those dire times that we should rise to the occasion and accept the freedom found in losing all hope. Meet your end well and deal as much pain as possible. “Into the last good fight I’ll ever know.”

*Note: My good friend Mike Petrucci showed me a fantastic video by Ze Frank called, “An Invocation for Beginnings.” This video is where I got FILDI from. Here’s another great quotes from that video: “Let me remember that my courage is a wild dog. It won’t just come when I call it, I have to chase it down and hold on as tight as I can.”

#1 300

Persian Emissary: “No, not slaves. Your women will be slaves. Your sons, your daughters, your elders will be slaves, but not you, no. By noon this day, you will be dead men! The thousand nations of the Persian Empire descend upon you! Our arrows will blot out the sun!”

Stelios: “Then we will fight in the shade.”

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The reason why this is probably the most bad ass quote of all time is because it actually happened, although it wasn’t Stelios who said it. Dienekes was arguably the best soldier to have fought alongside Leonidas at Thermopylae. The famous historian Herodotus wrote, “the Spartan Dienekes is said to have proved himself the best man of all, the same who, as they report, uttered this saying before they engaged battle with the Medes.”

Stephen Pressfield captured the person of Dienekes beautifully in Gates of Fire. He lied and cheated his way into being among the 300 Spartans by claiming to have a son when he didn’t. He was safe and secure to practice the art of self-preservation for the remainder of his life but instead chose to unleash his FILDI. In the face of certain death, with his brothers at his side, he taunts the most dangerous military power in his history. He brought levity to an impossible situation which fueled the hearts of the men. The hot gates weren’t about victory, they were about uniting Greece in time to take a strategic approach to the coming Persians. Time was the Spartans real enemy and stalling was their only weapon.

Gates of Fire is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend the read!

What are some movie quotes that get you amped up?

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  • JohnMClane

    “Yippee Ki Yay Motherfucker” should in there somewhere.

    • Martin Bishop

      You know, Westmoreland made all of us officers write our own obituaries
      during Tet, when we thought The Cong were gonna end it all right there.
      And, once we clued into the fact that life is finite, the thought of
      losing it didn’t scare us anymore.
      Death comes for all of usno matter what… the
      only thing that matters is how do you wanna go out? On your feet or on
      your knees? I bring that lesson to this job. You should do the same.

  • Great stuff Nick, some of my favorites as well. One that I like: 

    When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”

  • JordanJohnson1

    And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ 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

  • MOPP

    Another one from Big Trouble…
    “Here’s to the Army and Navy and the battles they have won! Here’s to America’s colors, the color’s that never run.”
    “May the wings of freedom never lose a feather.”

    • stevbarto

      I am so proud that this was quoted.  America has won, terrorism has lost today…

  • redraven88

    “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.” -Star Wars: A New Hope
    Applications include but are not limited to: millenium falcon, your piece of shit car and that one really skanky ex-girlfriend.

  • JPate191

    Cowboy the fuck up!

  • OFRGunny

    “FIll your hand you Son of a Bitch!”

  • OFRGunny

    “I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I require the same from them.”

  • tackleberry

    Always liked the 13th warrior’s prayer ‘Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought; all we ought to have said, and have not said; all we ought to have done, and have not done; I pray thee God for forgiveness.’

  • vettepilot427

    Gods and Generals should ALWAYS be on a list such as this.  It’s loaded with great quotes (most factual).  My personal favorite is:
    General Jackson, how is it you remain so calm in the midst of battle?
    Mr. Smith, my religious faith teaches me that God has already fixed the
    time of my death; therefore, I think not of it. I am as calm in battle
    as I would be in my own parlor. God will come for me in his own time. 
    Open Range is great also:
    Man’s got a right to protect his property and his life, and we ain’t lettin’ no rancher or his lawman take either.

    • Chief

      One of my favorites from Open Range is when Charlie says, “Some things gnaw at a man worse than dying”. It just shows his outstanding moral character as a man.

  • I know it’s not a movie many would quote from but Tom Cruise’s surprisingly awesome sci fi flick Oblivion offered up one of my favorite movie quotes of all time:

    Then out spake brave Horatius,
    The Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his gods?

    The actual quote is from Thomas Babington Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome. I wouldn’t dare ruin the movie for you but this quote appears a couple of times in the film, and it’s final appearance was fantastic. Check out the movie.

  • jb373

    Boondock Saints:

    Il Duce:You people have been chosen to reveal our existence to the world. You will witness what happens here today, and you will tell of it later… all eyes to the front. [To the woman] You must watch dear, it’ll all be over soon.
    Connor: Now you will receive us.
    Murphy: we do not ask for your poor, or your hungry.
    Connor: we do not want your tired and sick.
    Murphy: It is your corrupt we claim.
    Connor: It is your evil that will be sought by us.
    Murphy: With every breath, we shall hunt them down.
    Connor: Each day we will spill their blood, ’til it rains down from the skies.
    Murphy: Do not kill. Do not rape. Do not steal. These are principles which every man of every faith can embrace.
    Connor: These are not polite suggestions. These are codes of behavior, and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost.
    Murphy: There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth, not to push the bounds and cross over, into true corruption, into our domain.
    Connor: For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three, and on that day you will reap it.
    Murphy: And he will send you to whatever god you wish.
    [Murphy and Conner join II Duce behind Yakavetta]
    Connor, Murphy and Il Duce: 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.
    Il Duce: In nomine Patris …
    Connor: … et Filii …
    Murphy: … et Spiritus Sancti.

  • ETS

    You quoted The Grey incorrectly. The lines are  “… live AND die on this day…” as opposed to live or die, which to me makes it even more motivation and powerful. Definitely number 1 for me.

  • “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”  Roddy Piper in “They Live”

  • dsg

    “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we are free to do anything”. -Fight club

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