It’s important you live your best life — and with the right mindset, and a little help from the best Marvel quotes and Disney dialogue, you can. Life is too short to think otherwise.
That big exam, looming deadline, huge presentation, or difficult bosses may be stressing you to no end.
No doubt it’s been a rough day, month or even year — but at no point, should we give up or not stop to reconsider what’s possible with our unique strengths and talents.
You’re stronger than you think you are. It just takes a few simple steps — and some mental boost from iconic Marvel quotes — to unlock your hidden strengths.
The science of resilience: How to become stronger than we think we are
During the COVID-19 pandemic, and amidst 766 million cases of infection and nearly seven million deathers, studies found a majority of adults persevering well and even thriving.
A July 2020 survey found 57.1% of 11 to 16-year-olds saying their life had either not changed or had actually improved.
Among the 42.8% who said life was worse for them after lockdown, many adapted to their new circumstances by staying in touch with friends online or becoming closer to people at home.
Being able to cope with negative experiences is known as being resilient.
Becoming stronger than we were before the pandemic — or any negative upheaval in our lives — is called post-traumatic growth.
This shows that what doesn’t kill us — or in more scientific speak, manageable stress over a limited time — teaches us how to cope when things get hard. It makes us stronger.
There are many other ways to cultivate resilience:
- Decades of studies suggest that having a strong social network of family and friends who you can talk with often and get support from can protect you from many forms of stress, including job loss and falling sick
- Practise becoming an optimist, which neuroscience says is possible. Find positivity in your spiritual or religious beliefs, things you enjoy doing and your favourite memories
- Disrupt your stress cycle. Before stress or fear turns to deeper problems, stop what you’re doing, and take slow, deep breaths or extended exhalations.
- Make use of the silver lining. Accept the major shake-up in your life and start to reassess what matters to you.
Films, too, can be powerful in helping us bounce back. Those with a “morbid curiosity” in terror or pandemic themes had better mental resilience during lockdown, a 2020 study found.
Films give us a low-risk exposure to the unimaginable events that can happen in life — getting us to process how we feel and building coping skills in us.
“That is what the imagination evolved to do,” associate professor Mathias Clasen of Denmark’s Aarhus University said.
“Those watching prepper films or survival films could be more prepared for the collapse of society — except for that run on toilet paper, which took all of us by surprise.”
And that’s where the best Marvel quotes come in.
They remind us that in every worst-case scenario — and there are many in the Marvel multiverse — the hero in all of us emerges.
Are Disney movies just as impactful?
Disney quotes are a different kind of powerful compared to Marvel quotes
For far too long, Disney was defined by its damsels in distress who too often can’t wake up without a man kissing them.
Things have progressed much in the last two decades.
Today’s Disney takes you through different cultures, beliefs, foods, songs, and so much more. And yet all of them share a common theme of determination, love, and humanity.
There’s a Black child orphan giving speeches against the highest powers of her land; a Colombian child taking the lead to unite her divided family, and princesses defying all stereotypes piled on them.
It’s not just saving the world from monsters that are heroic — it’s also just as important to save people from their inner demons and to help the world overcome its differences to come together.
Best Marvel quotes of all time to help you feel, study and work better
1. I can do this all day – Captain America
Captain America’s most famous catchphrase started from the first movie in the franchise itself.
Then a scrawny Steve Rogers, too frail to even join the army, was beat up by a heckler from the cinema he was at. Though in pain, Rogers kept getting back up — he wouldn’t quit doing so.
“I can do this all day,” he says.
It’s a saying he’ll repeat again in the movie and against countless villains after he’s taken the serum to become Captain America
But it’s this scene that steals the title as the most powerful Marvel quote by Captain America because frail as he was, he stood up and fought back against someone bigger and more menacing than him.
2. Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are – Frigga, Avengers: Endgame
During Avengers: Endgame, we encounter a very different Thor from the one we’re used to: laden with guilt and grief over failing to save his brother, family and home world from destruction.
He travels back in time and meets his mother, Frigga, who encourages him to have faith in himself and his abilities, rather than dwell over the “failed king” he became.
3. “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” – Tony Stark, Spider-Man: Homecoming
Here, a teenage Peter Parker begs Tony Stark not to take his spider-suit away from him after an attempt at heroics risked the lives of New Yorkers.
In one of the best Marvel quotes of all time, Tony reminds Peter that he isn’t defined by his suit; what truly makes a hero is character, not special abilities or technology.
4. Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t improved – Shuri, Black Panther
When T’Challa heads to his sister Shuri’s lab to prepare for an upcoming mission, Shuri calls his Black Panther suit “functional but outdated.”
While the Italians say don’t fix it if it isn’t broken, Shuri tells us there’s value in not settling and always trying to make things better, making this one of the best Marvel quotes of all time.
5. In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers — T’Challa, Black Panther
There’s strength in diversity as the ending scene of “Black Panther” shows.
Now that the world knows Wakanda exists, T’Challa is galvanising leaders from around the globe to unite despite their differences and greed.
Although this may bring exposure to his small country and make it more vulnerable, T’Challa shows us it’s important to take a stand — especially when it’s for something as important as calling every country and everyone on the planet to treat each other as if they were one tribe.
Best Disney quotes to help you feel, study and work better
1. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all — Emperor Shang, Mulan
The Emperor says this to Shang (the love interest) when Mulan decides to go home (instead of becoming the Emperor’s advisor) after she saves all of China.
He follows this line with “You don’t see a girl like that every dynasty.” The emperor is pointing out how special and amazing she is because she fights for what she believes in.
2. You don’t have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring — Lumière, Beauty and the Beast.
In this scene, the Beast knows he is running out of time before the last petal on his enchanted rose falls.
We, too, are running out of time in this short life. So what is it you need to do? Stand up for your rights at work? Submit a college application to an Ivy?
It’s time to be bold and courageous.
3. Venture outside your comfort zone; the rewards are worth it — Rapunzel, Tangled.
So many in the past heeded this — or we wouldn’t have had what we now call the Internet. Or cell phones. Or even ChatGPT.
While it may be hard to step out of your little bubble of comfort, taking the risk clearly worked out for people like Elon Musk or Marie Curie.
It pays to fail and the worst that could happen is:
- You could be the creator of the next big thing in technology
- Even if you get rejected, you can use that as a stepping stone
- You learn something new
- You learn how to control your emotions which will come in handy someday
- You try new things, resulting in new possibilities.
4. Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it — Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack is the Pumpkin King (like the King of Halloween) but he obsesses over Christmas. He says this line during his song about trying to bring Christmas to life.
It is then that he realises that the magic of Christmas is in your heart, it’s a feeling.
Getting good grades or that promotion may seem impossible now, but just because it seems out of reach does not stop you from believing in them.
5. I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day. — Megara, Hercules
Neesus the Centaur has caught Meg and is standing in a lake about to kidnap her. Hercules chances upon them and attempts to rescue her by stopping Neesus.
Meg isn’t impressed. Feeling perfectly capable, she doesn’t want to be rescued and says that line.
Sure, we’re a woman in a man’s world and we have to juggle 10,000 things. This quote reminds us that we’re more capable than we think we are — and a good reminder whoever dares to think otherwise.