A truly inspiring and thought-provoking story about a dad and his son, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is both a movie and a book, which showcase how one can get all he/she wants, if only that person has the utmost determination, along with a strong will to succeed.
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The movie, The Pursuit of Happyness’, grossed more than USD 300 million worldwide, and in the first week of its release alone, it garnered around USD 27 million. Will Smith was nominated in the Best Actor category of the Academy Awards in 2007, for this film.
‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is a feature film directed by Gabriele Muccino, and was released in December 2006. It is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, who was a salesman in 1981 in San Francisco. He comes with an idea to sell bone-density scanners to doctors, and does not have any other medium to earn. He wanted to make a career in the medical field, but because of a few circumstances he could not make ends meet, and soon became homeless with his son, Christopher.
The book has the same name, and was also released in 2006. It is written by the real life Chris Gardener, who is now a millionaire stockbroker, motivational speaker, and a philanthropist. As shown in the film, in reality, he had a very difficult time bringing up his son, Chris Gardner, Jr., who was a toddler when they were homeless. This astounding tale tells us about the strong attitude and amazing hard work of a person who cared for his son without a home for almost a year.
Quotes from the Movie ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’
“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?” ―Will Smith
“They all looked so damn happy to me. Why couldn’t I look like that?” ―Will Smith
James Karen― “What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say?”
Will Smith― “He must have had on some really nice pants”
“If you want something’, go get it. Period.” ―Will Smith
“This part of my life… this part right here? This part is called ‘being stupid’.” ―Will Smith
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it.” ―Will Smith
“It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?” ―Will Smith
“This part of my life is called ‘internship’.” ―Will Smith
“Shelby coming round the mountain when she comes, Shelby coming round the mountain when she comes!” ―Jaden Smith
“I met my father for the first time when I was 28 years old. I made up my mind that when I had children, my children were going to know who their father was.” ―Will Smith
“This part of my life… this part right here? This is called ‘happyness’.” ―Will Smith
“Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said ‘Do you need help?’ and the man said ‘God will save me’. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said ‘God will save me’, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, ‘God, why didn’t you save me?’ and God said ‘I sent you two boats, you dummy’!” ―Jaden Smith
Homeless Person― “It’s a time machine… I know it’s a time machine.”
Will Smith― “This machine in my lap? It is not a time machine.”
“Probably means there’s a good chance. Possibly means we might or we might not.” ―Will Smith
“The important thing about that freedom train, is it’s got to climb mountains. We all have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide. We sing about them.” ―Cecil Williams
“Can I say something? Um, I’m the type of person that if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer, I’m gonna tell you that I don’t know. But I bet you what, I know how to find the answer and I will find the answer.” ―Will Smith
Will Smith― “You gotta trust me, all right?”
Jaden Smith― “I trust you.”
Will Smith― “‘Cause I’m getting a better job”
“When I was young, and I’d get A’s, I’d get this good feeling of all the things that I could be. And then I’d never became any of them.” ―Will Smith
Quotes from the Book, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’
“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.” ―Chris Gardner
“No one ever laid out the sequence of events that led to my mother being prosecuted and imprisoned for alleged welfare fraud.” ―Chris Gardner
“The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn’t good enough, would be stilled.” ―Chris Gardner
“Walk that walk and go forward all the time. Don’t just talk that talk, walk it and go forward. Also, the walk doesn’t have to be long strides; baby steps are counted too. Go forward.” ―Chris Gardner
“Wealth can also be that attitude of gratitude with which we remind ourselves everyday to count our blessings.” ―Chris Gardner
“Still a dreamer, yet more of a realist than ever before, I knew this was my time to sail. On the horizon I saw the shining future, as before. The difference now was that I felt the wind at my back. I was ready.” ―Chris Gardner
“There was a language specific to all things. The ability to learn another language in one arena, whether it was music, medicine, or finance, could be used to accelerate learning and other arenas, too.” ―Chris Gardner
These beautiful and inspirational quotes and dialogue from ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ are all about self-motivation and positive thinking, which will surely help you during hard times and unfavorable situations. Both, the book and the movie got critical acclaim during their respective releases, and inspired scores of homeless people who struggle to find some happiness and stability in their lives.