18 Movie Quotes for the Ambitious.
Take a trip down Hollywood while inhaling some ambitious aroma. These quotes were made to inspire you to grab life by the horns and show it who is in charge now!
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
True story of the infamous con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., who collected cash passing himself off as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer.Quote: “Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned, but the second mouse, he struggled so hard that he eventually churned that cream into butter and he walked out. Amen.” — Frank Abagnale Jr. after he was asked to say grace
Boiler Room (2000)
Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi), lured by the promise of “a million dollars in three years,” takes a job at brokerage firm, J.T. Marlin, but soon finds out the true nature of their business.Quote: “A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close?” — Jim Young (Ben Affleck) in a tyrannical sales-training session.
American Gangster (2007)
True story of the 1970’s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) and Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), the cop seeking to arrest him.Quote: “The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room.” — Frank Lucas to his cousin Huey (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
Office Space (1999)
A gut-busting cult classic for fed-up cubicle warriors.Quote: “My only real motivation is not to be hassled–that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.” — Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), justifying his lackluster performance to two annoying consultants.
Coming to America (1988)
Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) of the fictional African Country, Zamunda, seeks real life experience (and an escape from his arranged marriage) by moving to Queens.Quote: “I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But now…now I’m washing lettuce. Soon I’ll be on fries; then the grill. And pretty soon, I’ll make assistant manager, and that’s when the big bucks start rolling in.” — Maurice (Louie Anderson) to Prince Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) while they clean the kitchen at McDowells fast food restaurant. Editors Note: Having the right attitude can be everything!
Big Night (1996)
In a last ditch effort to save their failing restaurant, two Italian immigrants, Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), plan a “big night” with the expectation that Louis Prima, an Italian celebrity, will dine with them.Quote: “I am a businessman. I am anything I need to be at any time.” — Pascal (Ian Holm), owner of a competing restaurant
About the rise and fall of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), and Jimmy “The Gent” Conway (Robert De Niro), associates of New York’s Lucchese Crime family.Quote: “And when the cops, when they assigned a whole army to stop Jimmy, what’d he do? He made ’em partners.” — Henry Hill, narrating – Editors Note: Whether legal or not this quote goes well with the old adage: “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”
Citizen Kane (1941)
Traces the life and times of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Wells), a fictional newspaper tycoon based loosely on William Randolf Hearst. The movie is about the relentless pursuit of wealth and power — and what, in the end, it’s all worth.Quote: “It’s no trick to make a lot of money, if what you want to do is make a lot of money.” — Berstein (Everett Sloane), Kane’s business manager.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
David Mamet’s classic about desperate New York real estate salesmen fighting for their jobs. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce and, of course, Alec Baldwin, who delivers one of the most oft-quoted speeches in business-movie history.Quote: “Only one thing counts in this world: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted.” — Blake (Baldwin) Editors Note: “Coffee’s for closers.”
Hardscrabble Cuban refugee Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino, strikes it rich as a cocaine king in Miami.Quote: “Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed.” — Frank Lopez (Tony’s Mentor) to Tony
The Apartment (1960)
To curry favor with his betters a man lets company execs use his apartment for trysts. Mayhem ensues.Quote: “Normally, it takes years to work your way up to the twenty-seventh floor. But it only takes 30 seconds to be out on the street again. You dig?” — J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) to C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) during a conversation in which Baxter attempts to set his boss straight.
Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The second installment of the sci-fi epoch, including Luke Skywalker’s Jedi training under master Yoda.Quote: “Do or do not, there is no try.” — Yoda
“Miracle” is the true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s quest for a gold medal. Quote: “You think you can win on talent alone? Gentlemen, you don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.” — Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) to team USA before their game against the Russians.
Pursuit Of Happiness (2006)
Based on a true story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a struggling salesman trying to make it as a stockbroker and support his son.Quote: “You got a dream you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you can’t do it.” — Gardner, to his son Christopher (Jaden Smith)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Pixar’s instant classic about a clown fish’s quest to find his son, Nemo, who was swept away by a fisherman.Quote: “Just keep swimming.” — Dory, a blue tang fish, trying to cheer up Marlin (Nemo’s Dad)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
About a crumbling NFL team plagued by injury and infighting. Mostly known for Tony D’Amato’s (Al Pacino) famous “peace by inches” speech.Quote: “No intensity, no victory.” — Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz), owner of the Sharks, to D’Amato.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Starring Tom Cruise, about a man’s entrepreneurial struggle to remain relevant in an industry he once dominated.Quote: “The key to this business is personal relationships.” – Dicky Fox (Jared Jussim) offering advice to Jerry.
Wall Street (1987)
No list of business quotes from the sliver screen would be complete without this homage to obscene wealth and insider trading, starring Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko and Charlie Sheen as his protégé, Bud Fox.Quote: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” — Gekko, rallying support at a shareholders meeting.