Keith Frazier: Let’s let everybody stay calm, okay?
Dalton Russell: Don’t I sound calm to you?
Keith Frazier: Yeah, you do.
Angel Davenport: You know, Percival, you got real talent. I don’t know why you want to waste it in a silly little town like Idlewild. Don’t you want to see the bright lights? I mean, there’s a whole movement going on in Harlem and you’re down here watching the seasons pass by. I’m waiting on a telegram from Chicago as we speak. Then I’m gonna hop on over to New York City. Honey, I am going to travel the world! What about you, huh? What are you doing working in a stiff place like this?
Robert Angier: I need something impossible.
Nikola Tesla: You’re familiar with a phrase ‘Man’s reach exceeds his grasp’? It’s a lie. Man’s grasp exceeds his nerve. Society only tolerates one change at time. The first time I changed the world I was hailed as a visionary. The second time I was asked politely to retire. And so here I am. Enjoying “retirement.” Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier. What you want is simply expensive.
Rocky Balboa: You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here. [taps on the inside of his hand] I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! [beat] I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.