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Memorable Quotes You Will Instantly Recognize

What makes something a memorable quote? Every day millions of people say or write things—there is an endless supply of words that can be quoted.

How come some become engrained in our memory and are instantly recognizable while others fade away?

Sure, something memorable is something that “is easy to remember.” But this isn’t about easily memorizing something—it is about being moved to the point where something changes your perspective and stays with you.

We recall memorable experiences because they trigger powerful feelings. Often books, movies, and shows are relatable because they also stir our emotions. Maybe the plotline was special. It could also be because the story resonated with something you were feeling deeply at the time.

Many of these memorable quotes come from iconic books and movies. However, there are also some memorable quotes about love and the power of experiences.

Memorable quotes from movies

1. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” — Gone With the Wind, 1939

2. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — The Godfather, 1972

3. “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — The Wizard of Oz, 1939

4. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Casablanca, 1942

5. “You talking to me?” — Taxi Driver, 1976

6. “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” — Cool Hand Luke, 1967

7. “You can’t handle the truth!” — A Few Good Men, 1992

8. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump, 1994

9. “Houston, we have a problem.” — Apollo 13, 1995

10. “There’s no crying in baseball!” — A League of Their Own, 1992

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Memorable quotes from books

11. “And so we beat on, boats against the current,

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