It's the hard that makes it great - Tom Hanks Quote

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 ‎”I am always doing that which I cannot do
in order that I may learn how to do it”

                                               – Pablo Picasso

                                              (from John Trent)


“If we all did things that we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.”

                                            – Thomas A. Edison

                                               (from Bill Hughes)


“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile,
and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”

                                                                  — Lou Holtz



”I’ve made over 20 movies and 5 of them are good.”

                                                                    – Tom Hanks


Here are quotes from five of my favorite Tom Hanks movies: 

From The Terminal (2004)

Viktor Navorski is asked, “Are you coming or going?
and replies, “I don’t know. Both? ”

Most often, we are actually doing both but want to convince ourselves that we are totally committed to one of the two.


From Castaway (2000)

Chuck Nolan after many failed attempts dances in exaltation and exclaims,
I have made FIRE!

The more difficult the task, the more thrilling the final conquer.


From The Green Mile (1999)

Warden, Paul Edgecomb, talking with death row inmate, John Coffey,
On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God,
and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles,
what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?

One of the most difficult paradoxes of life is choosing between what we are supposed to do and what we believe we are supposed to do.


From Apollo 13 (1995)

In an effort to conserve energy and navigate a crippled Apollo capsule back home,
all power is shut down. Mission Commander, Jim Lovell says,
We’ve just put Sir Isaac Newton in the driver’s seat.

Knowing you need to let go is never the same as actually letting go. The act of letting go is very, very difficult.


From Philadelphia (1993)

Hanks plays, Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer infected with AIDS. Beckett has been fired from his conservative law firm because they fear that they might contract AIDS from him. He sues his former employer with the help of homophobic attorney Joe Miller, played by Denzel Washington.

When asked by Miller what he loves most about the law, Andrew Beckett replies,
It’s that every now and again – not often, but occasionally –
you get to be a part of justice being done.
That really is quite a thrill when that happens.

Every now and again – not often, but occasionally – we get the opportunity to be a part of something that transcends and that really is “quite a thrill when that happens.”

One Comment

  1. Kat Zekas says:

    Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors. Great quotes, and hard to choose a favorite, but I guess the one that hits closest to my heart would be from the Green Mile.