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Romcoms do deal with the deepest of human emotions, so thought-provoking quotes from romcoms are not a rarity. These are my favourites. What about you?
What we do know about romantic comedies is that they are quintessentially cute, funny and awesome. However, what we don’t necessarily know about romcoms is that they can also occasionally be pretty insightful and can provide us with some deep wisdom about life.
So, the next time you snuggle up to watch a romantic comedy with popcorn and tissues by your side, you might also want to keep a diary handy to take notes in case you happen to come across a quote that strikes a chord in your heart.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at a compilation of some enlightening words of brilliance from some of our favorite romcoms of all time.
Here’s a list of the top 10 of the best deep quotes from romcoms that I have loved.
“Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
Without mincing his words, Westley played by Cary Elwes in ‘The Princess Bride’ talks about the harsh reality of life when accused by Buttercup played by Robin Wright of mocking her pain.
Pain is an inevitable part of life but most of us don’t accept it and would do anything in our power to find a way around it. And that’s why most of everything that we buy is in an attempt to get rid of this pain and find a path to the ever-eluding goal of happiness.
What makes this quote the top one is that you certainly can’t get any deeper than this.
“Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
In the classic romantic comedy ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, Paul Varjak played by George Peppard points out this deep observation to the party animal Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn.
And it’s true! You just cannot escape yourself. There is no escaping from your own mind or its thoughts. So, you might as well try and make peace with your inner self. And so, instead of indulging in guilty pleasures to escape the problem at hand, you may want to try and pay closer attention to what your deepest and innermost voice is trying to tell you. If you fulfill its needs, you must no longer feel the need to escape it.
This quote is ideal and appropriate for those who find themselves falling prey to the vicious trap of escapism and over indulgence, and for anyone who has ever felt the need to be saved from themselves.
“You know a lot of geniuses, y’know. You should meet some stupid people once in a while, y’know, you could learn something.”
You can learn from anyone, even the ‘stupid’ or silly ones, as long as you have the will to, is what can be understood from this quote from ‘Manhattan’ by Woody Allen who plays the character named Isaac Davis in the movie.
The world is full of ‘geniuses’ and self-proclaimed ‘experts’ who will try to ‘teach’ you but you wouldn’t really learn much that’s worthwhile from them. However, you will more likely learn some invaluable lessons in life and ways of life from the so-called crazy ones because they are the ones who are attempting to live the life of their dreams in reality and not just in their heads, and with them, it is not mere preaching but you will see them try to bring their seemingly most bizarre of ideas into practice.
And in the end, you will realize that the world labelled them ‘stupid’ because they didn’t fit society’s idea of ‘normal’. And you will see that we are all, indeed, an exception to a rule that doesn’t exist. And so, normal is an illusion just like ‘stupid’ is.
The advice in this quote is surely worth considering.
“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
Artists have seldom had it easy. After all, art is creation from the depths of one’s heart and soul, and is hardly ever possible without patience or pain. This inspiring quote by Gertrude Stein (played by Kathy Bates) from ‘Midnight in Paris’ highlights the very same conflicting nature of the job of an artist.
The quote rationalizes the idea that artists must not let the recurring feelings of misery and hopelessness takeover them, but instead must fill a gloomy void with their art and creations. They must try and provide hope to the hopeless, give purpose to the ones without direction, and add more life and liveliness to the emptiness in people. All through their art. And that precisely shall be their path to self-fulfillment and possibly, even liberation.
“You know how you are always trying to get thing to come out perfect in art because it’s real difficult in life.”
So many of us strive for perfection in everything that we do because we want to win at life. Said by Alvy Singer played by Woody Allen in the high-rated evergreen movie ‘Annie Hall’, this exceptional quote aptly depicts the mindset of an artist who strives for similar perfection and when he doesn’t get it in real life, finds solace in art. And why not? Art is where work meets love. And love is nothing short of perfection. And when, love lends its perfection to art, magic is created.
No matter how difficult or challenging things get in real life, you can find peace in the fact that art has got your back and will help you get through tough times.
“You can’t lose something you never had.”
This great point is made by Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson in an attempt to finally let go of what she was holding on to too tightly.
On the one hand, if something is meant for you, then never in a million years will it belong to someone else. But, on the other hand, no matter how badly you want it to be yours, something (or someone) that’s not meant for you will never be yours.
They all relate to the same idea that the universe’s plans are final, and that some goodbyes are not ends but releases.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”
The intention of this quote said by Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones is to throw light on how it is almost next to impossible to multitask and handle all parts of life effectively at the same time. When you delve deeper into finding the meaning of this quote, you would notice that there could be some forces that come into play to maintain universal balance causing momentary turbulence to ensure serenity, stability and order in the longer run.
Nonetheless, we try our best to stop our lives from falling apart and that’s what matters.
“I need to make you happy for me to even have a shot at being happy.”
When you really, truly love someone, all that matters to you is their happiness. So much so that your happiness is, in fact, intertwined with theirs. And this is exactly what character named Neil played by Ben Affleck means when he says this beautiful quote when proposing to character called Beth played by Jennifer Aniston in the movie.
Love is selfless. Love is service. Love is service above your own self to your loved one. You give to them because you love them. And what better a gift than happiness itself?
This quote gently tugs at your heart while effortlessly but surely leaving its mark.
“But the really amazing thing is it is nobody’s goddamn business.”
This quote is said by leading character Olive Penderghast played by Emma Stone in the movie ‘Easy A’ with regards to the question about when she will lose her virginity. The really amazing thing about this quote, however, is that it can easily be applied to other parts of life as well.
This quote is great for people who constantly feel the need to justify themselves and as a result feel mentally drained. It teaches you to let go of others’ opinions that weigh you down.
“Life offers you a thousand chances…all you have to do is take one.”
The lead character Frances Mayes played by Diane Lane is a writer whose turmoil in personal life causes her mental upheaval and depression. In retrospection, she shares her observation on life and the chances it gives through this quote.
Life is full of opportunities only if you are looking for it. So, drop your fears and give a shot at taking a chance because in the end, you only regret the chances that you did not take.
Header image from Bridget Jones’s Diary
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