Wisdom from the movie Say Anything.

A thirty-five year old version of Lloyd Dobler from the movie Say Anything would be my total dream man.

All passionate, and kind, and genuine, and funny, and full of heart. Swooooon. A version of him is out there somewhere, just waiting for me with his boombox and sweet hopeful smile…

Say Anything is pretty much perfection. I love it so so very much. It’s not only got everything great about 80′s coming of age flicks, but it is also arguably one of the most quotable movies in the entire world.


Here are some quotes from this awesome movie that teach us how to rock at life:

Lloyd Dobler: How many of them really know what they want, though? I mean, a lot of them think they have to know, right? But inside they don’t really know, so… I don’t know, but I know that I don’t know.

I wish that I knew that I didn’t know when I was eighteen!  We can only find the answers once we know that there’s actually questions to be answered.  Admitting that we don’t know everything creates space to learn from life.

Lloyd Dobler: You must chill. You must chill.

Wigging out has never accomplished anything. Breathe deep, stay calm, and think clear.

Lloyd Dobler: I am looking for a dare to be great situation.

Ah, I love this one!  It makes me wanna do a fistpump!  I am looking for a life to be remembered. A life that improves the lives that surround it. A life that expands my soul.  It feels empowering just to say it, “I am looking for a dare to be great situation”.  BOOM.  We don’t have to accept mediocrity, and shouldn’t!

Constance: There’s no food in your food!

Joan Cusak is so wise.  I wish she were my older sister. Processed food is hard for our bodies to extract nutrition from (if it has any to begin with).  It’s best to not eat anything with ingredients too long and crazy to pronounce.  The fewer the and simpler the ingredients, the better.

Lloyd: I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.  I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.  You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

Sometimes it feels like those are the only options, but there’s more, there really is!

Lloyd: She gave me a pen.  I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.

Hehe. This is just a really great quote, I couldn’t leave it out!

Lloyd: Why can’t you be in a good mood?  How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?

It’s easy to forget that we have control over the thoughts we think, which yield the emotions we feel.  We can choose to be in a good mood and enjoy the day, regardless of the circumstances.  It’s a lot harder on some days, for sure; but what’s the worst thing that could happen if you give it a shot?

Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?

Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.

Challenging society’s norms, taking risks, and defying others’ expectations is the only way anything great has ever been done.  Follow your heart and forget about what other people think!

See? Best movie ever.


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