The Ten Smartest Movie Quotes of 2008

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'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' film quote reflects our tough economic times. Quote selected as #1 from 100 quotes nominated from the films of 2008.

The screenwriters behind 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' seem to have anticipated the global economic meltdown through the words of a character named Charles Stanforth (as played by Jim Broadbent). Like the Indiana Jones franchise itself, the quote reflects the inevitable impact of doing the same thing long enough for it to begin falling apart.    

"We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away."

The Crystal Skull quote heads up a top ten list of smart writing from such films as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, The Dark Knight, and Frost/Nixon. The quote list was compiled from recommendations received over the past year at the Reel Life Wisdom website. The 100 nominated quotes from 2008 and the remaining Top Ten Smartest Movie Quotes of 2008 can be viewed at the

"The Indiana Jones quote was selected as #1 because it helps us to appreciate the inevitability of these turbulent times," said Doug Manning, facilitator for the Reel Life Wisdom website. "Nothing lasts forever. If we are to enjoy ourselves in the good times and the more challenging ones, it seems we must get good at making the most of whatever life has to offer."

This is the third consecutive year the Reel Life Wisdom site has chosen the smartest movie quote of the year. The site collects quotes from movies of all ages. More than 1,900 inspirational and thought-provoking quotes are featured, with new quotes added every week.

"A number of 2008 quotes were submitted from films released late in the year," said Manning. "This made our list compilation a little more hectic. It seems more movie studios are hoping their films will be the last ones on the minds of movie award voters."

"We believe screenwriters have a lot to say about the human condition," said Manning. "Their stronger writing is often hidden behind pop culture quotes like 'Make my day' that have no real meaning beyond the context of the movie. We hope this list and the Reel Life website will bring a greater profile to the insightful perspectives embedded in many films."

For additional information on the Top Ten Smartest Movie Quotes of 2008 or the Reel Life Wisdom website, contact Doug Manning or visit Mr. Manning is also available for telephone or text interviews.

About Reel Life Wisdom
Reel Life Wisdom is a website for inspiration-seeking movie quote lovers. The website features daily movie quotes, a comprehensive Movie Quote Directory, Quote Lists (eg. 19 Best Movie Quotes for Your High School Reunion), Quote Quizzes, Quote Reviews and a Reel Life Blog. You can also submit quotes to be considered for the smartest movie quote of the year.


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