7 junio, 2024

23 quotes from In search of happiness that will move you

I leave you a list of quotes from the pursuit of happinessfilm based on the life of millionaire and philanthropist Chris Gardner, directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith.

In Pursuit of Happiness tells the story of Chris Gardner from being a salesman of bone density scanners to becoming a stockbroker; from having serious economic problems, to achieving the happiness he was looking for.

Steven Conrad’s screenplay is based on the bestseller written by Gardner with the Quincy Troupe. The film was released on December 15, 2006, by Columbia Pictures. Smith was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

The 23 best quotes from The Pursuit of Happiness

1-Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. If you have a dream, you have to protect it. People who can’t do something themselves will tell you that you can’t do it either. Want something? Go for it and period.

2-What would you say if a man walked in here shirtless and hired him? What would you say? (Martin Frohm). «What should I wear some beautiful pants» (Chris Gardner).

3-I’ve been sitting here for the last half hour trying to come up with a story that would explain why I’m dressed like this. And I wanted to tell a story that demonstrated qualities that I’m sure all of you would admire, like seriousness, diligence, or team play. And I couldn’t think of anything. So the truth is, I got arrested for not paying parking tickets.

4-The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many obstacles, twists and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages of those who they wanted me to believe that I was not good enough, they would be calm.

5-The world is your oyster. It is up to you to find the pearls.

6-And it was at that moment that I began to think about Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, in the part that talks about our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking about how he knew how to put the word ‘seek’ in there, that perhaps happiness is something that we can only seek and perhaps we could never achieve.

7-Wealth can also be the attitude of gratitude with which we remind ourselves of our blessings every day.

8-I was still a dreamer, but more realistic than ever before, I knew it was my time to fly. Above the horizon I saw the future bright as never before. The difference now was that I felt the wind at my back. I was ready.

9-His tranquility defeated his storm.

10-I only have two questions. What do you do and how do you do it? (to the man with the sports car).

11-When I was young I got good grades. He had this good feeling of all the things he could be. And then I didn’t become any of them.

12-This part of my life, this part here, I call ‘being stupid’.

13-Hey dad, do you want to hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a ship came in, and the man on the ship said, «Do you need help?» and the man said, «God will save me.» Then another boat came and he tried to help him but he said “God will save me”, then he drowned and went to heaven. Then the man said to God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said, «I sent you two big boats, to give you a second chance!»

14-If you want something, go for it and period.

15-Walk that path and go forward all the time. Don’t just talk for the sake of talking, walk and move on. In addition, the walk does not have to be long strides; small steps count too. Go forward.

16-This part of my life, this part here, I call ‘happiness’.

17-Always, always seek happiness.

18-When there is a glimpse of happiness, there is always someone who wants to destroy it.

19-The film is the story of my life, but it is not about me. It’s about anyone who has ever dreamed big and been told ‘No, you can’t do it.’ You can. (Chris Gardner in an interview).

20-I met my father, I saw him for the first time, when I was 28 years old. I promised myself that when I had children they would know who his father was.

21-Can I tell you something? I’m the type of person that if they ask me a question and I don’t know the answer I’ll tell them I don’t know it, but I bet I know how to find the answer and I will.

22-This is a work of real events. I have presented the events faithfully and truly as I remember them. Some names and descriptions of individuals have been changed to respect their privacy.

23-Everyone seemed very happy. Why couldn’t I be like them?

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