All you can take with you is that which you've given away.

Leatha 2022-04-22 07:01:02



"A world with you, a world without you, let the difference between the two be the biggest, this is the meaning of your life." I read the words of Teacher Kaifu in high school and did not fully understand this sentence. Now, watching this black and white old film, two different worlds are presented in front of you, and the meaning of life is to influence others and try to make the world a better place because of yourself.

When I was young, I was full of dreams, determined to get out of the small town, create a career, marry Bai Fumei, and embark on the pinnacle of life. But one after another encounters unforeseen surprises and blows at key nodes of life. The protagonist's image is so real and kind that everyone seems to be able to find their own shadow in it. Life has been so hard, life is what it is.

If you can't achieve great goals, you can still live a meaningful life. At the 54th point of the film, there is such a passage under the portrait of the protagonist's father: "All you can take with you is that which you've given away." It is an extremely delicate detail. It is this idea that has made it through the financial crisis and Porter's repeated challenges, and the scene at the end of the film where the residents of the town generously put together $8,000 is touching. Every good deed will be rewarded in the end.

A few days ago, in the railway section where I work, a 19-year-old teenager committed suicide by lying on the rails. The scene was unbearable and embarrassing. Too bad he didn't have Clarence in his life to tell him the value of existence. Sadly, there are few similar thought-provoking theme films in China, a large number of shoddy youth films, romance films, sci-fi films, no connotation, only hormonal scene special effects. I can't imagine whether the domestic bad films had a negative impact on the young life, making him look down on life.

What a wonderful life.

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  • Melisa 2022-03-20 09:01:09

    The main theme of this chicken soup makes people shed tears convincingly.

  • Lola 2022-03-19 09:01:02

    One gloomy afternoon, as a downhearted middle-aged man, I cried bitterly at the desk after watching this film. This film gave me a hundred times more courage to face life. I won’t analyze the script and the footage. This exciting power has been passed on to me from every line and frame. I highly recommend it!

It's a Wonderful Life quotes

  • [George returns to the bridge where his nightmare began, hoping to bring back his old life]

    George Bailey: [praying] Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don't care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.

    [it begins to snow again]

    Bert: [shouts] Hey, George! George! You all right? Hey, what's the matter?

    George Bailey: Now get outta here, Bert, or I'll hit you again! Get outta here!

    Bert: What the sam hill you yellin' for, George?

    George Bailey: You...

    [suddenly stunned]

    George Bailey: George... Bert? Do you know me?

    Bert: Know you? Huh. You kiddin'? I've been looking all over town trying to find you. I saw your car plowed into that tree down there and I thought maybe you - hey, your mouth's bleeding. Are you sure you're all right?

    George Bailey: What the...

    [licks the corner of his lip and checks his mouth with his hand]

    George Bailey: Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleeding! Zuzu's petals... Zuzu...

    George Bailey: [checking his pocket] There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!

  • Man on Porch: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?

    George Bailey: You want me to kiss her, huh?

    Man on Porch: Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people.