Some of my favorite Pixar Soul quotes:
You may have noticed I’m a pretty big fan of Pixar’s latest movie, Soul. It came out on Christmas and I’ve watched it 4 times already (I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 5 by the time this post has been published!). I love a lot of things about it, and really connected to this movie – it gave me a lot to think about and honestly helped me start to recognize some important things about my life.
I felt a number of lines from the movie really resonate with me, and by the third watch-through I was trying to jot down some of the ones that I felt had an impact. So I realized of course it would make sense to put them together in a blog post, right? I had a lot of fun creating pretty graphics with these Pixar soul quotes and I’m happy to share them. In addition to the graphics I’m written up a little bit about each quote and why I felt it was meaningful. I know I’m going to be holding on to a lot of these quotes through the next year.
The most inspiring Pixar Soul quotes:
This is the last line of the movie but the first quote I’m sharing because it’s arguably the most important one. As one of those overly ambitious people I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to “do” with my life and how to be successful. I think there’s a lot to be said for just slowing down, enjoying and really experiencing life.
Kind of in conjunction with the above quote and realization – when Joe said this I connected to it because it’s definitely a fear that I’ve had before.
This is a pretty philosophical question. It’s asked by 22, and I took as it as saying – Is it really worth going through all the hassle of life knowing that you’re just going to die anyway? 22 doesn’t think life seems very exciting or like a big deal, so they kind of have a “why bother” approach in the beginning. The conclusion, it seems, is that life doesn’t have to be some grand, impressive thing. We can appreciate the small moments and that is worth living in and of itself.
Joe’s mom speaks the truth – teachers are amazing people doing an incredible, difficult job (not to mention the fact that they’re vastly underpaid and overworked for what they do). Good teachers are vital to our society.
Have you ever heard a piece of music before that just hits you right in the feels? It’s a really emotional experience and this quote makes me think of that feeling.
These are lyrics from the song 22 hears in the Subway that leads to the above quote about music. I really like the song and especially the lines “love is the foundation” and the concept of “recycling life” are very poetic to me.
This one really just captures the pressure we have on ourselves in this society to “make something great” with your life. I feel like we spend a lot of time chasing what we’re supposed to be or do with the idea that it was inherently given to us at birth.
For me this sums up a lot of the main premise of the movie – you don’t need to have some grand purpose. You just need to live.
I love the “so basic” at the end. I’ve thought about this a lot – I think as humans we have a tendency to try and simplify things in ways that we understand it. Things like “meaning of life” are probably not very straightforward.
A good little story to hopefully help us realize that sometimes in life we just need to slow down, stop, and appreciate where we are. When you’re always searching for something bigger or better you might not realize you already have a lot of what you want.
Mom speaks the truth! As much as I do support having dreams and goals, I’ve always had a practical side.
I feel like Soul was indirectly making the point that you can have both a career that isn’t your passion as well as pursuing your dreams. We have this weird idea in our society that we should be doing a job we “love.” But that just can’t always be the case. I think you can have a job that you don’t hate as well as hobbies and passions you love and be perfectly content too.
It’s a fascinating idea that the things which bring us joy could actually disconnect us from life. But I think in some cases it’s true – look at Joe, who couldn’t appreciate so many other aspects of his life because he was so focused on one thing.
Joe says this about Paul in the barber shop. And he may be right – people who are mean, bullies, or unnecessarily critical are sometimes that way out of jealousy. Which can be important to keep in mind when others are mean to us. When 22 actually voices this, Paul’s response is “You cut deep, Joe.” So we have another character, it seems, who has been pursuing a dream and failing, and as a result is unhappy with life.
I love this song – it’s the one that plays during the credits and it’s actually a cover of a song from the 1960’s. It’s a lot of fun and very catchy. It’s a great choice because I think the lyrics go with the movie quite well too!
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Do you have any favorite Pixar Soul quotes?