When we talk about inspiring quotes and motivational examples, the first thing that comes to our minds are real-life successful people. Have you ever thought that there is something that you can learn from fish?

When Pixar launched Finding Nemo in 2003, 13 years ago, it grossed $339 million and became one of the best Pixar films at that time.

In 2016, Pixar achieved another spectacular result through Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo. Instead of naming it Finding Nemo 2, Pixar chooses to name it Finding Dory because the story is about Dory’s quest to find her parents.

Have you watched the movie? If you’re yet to watch it, please do so. They are great movies.

I love the movie, and I mean both movies. They are very entertaining and insightful.

So, I decided to create a quote post base on these two movies. If you haven’t watched the movie, you must because these are great movies that you cannot miss out.

Here are the 13 best Finding Nemo and Finding Dory quotes that can inspire you to go further in life and business…

1. DORY: “I can remember some things because I have a family because everyone has a family.”

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If you have watched the movie, you will know that Dory suffers short-term memory loss. She cannot remember a thing and tend to forget it after a short moment.

And when Dory said this line in the movie, it hit me by making me think about my family.

Everyone has a family. And success will always start from home. You were born into this world because of your parents. No matter what they have done, you should forgive them and treat them well. They are the reasons you exist in this world.

You cannot manage your business if you cannot handle your family. In Chinese, we have a saying that means “build family first and then only grow your career and business.”

When you have a family, you will be more responsible and be more committed.

2. MARLIN: “Just wait over there and forget. That is what you do best!”

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Whatever you have with you, you must learn to use it wisely. Just like when Dory forgot things and did silly things, Marlin got angry and shouted this line at her.

Dory’s short-term memory can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It is good because she forgets easily. She will never hold grudges, and she can forget all her pains.

It can also be a bad thing because she forgets the danger and swim through the vast sea recklessly and cause troubles.

No matter whether Dory likes it or not, it is part of her. She cannot get rid of her short-term memory problem; she has to learn to live with it.

The same goes for us. There are things that we just cannot change. If you are a fish, learn to swim, but if you expect to climb a tree, you will waste your life thinking about why you are so stupid at it.

So, learn to become good at what comes naturally to you. Master yourself so that you can master your life.

3. DORY: “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.”

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This is one of the best and famous quotes from the movie. When life gets you down, what should you do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

Remember, when things get tough or when you are facing difficulties in life, just keep moving forward because if you stay stagnant, nothing will happen and nothing is going to change.

Unless you continue to move forward, you can never make a change. So just keep moving forward and keep swimming.

You may be facing some difficulties in life right now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to make it.

Therefore, keep hustling. Keep moving forward and you will get out of the rut and move yourself to a better place. Circumstances will change, but you must first be willing to keep moving forward.

4. NEMO: “What would Dory do?”

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In the movie, when times get tough, Nemo will often ask himself, “What would Dory do?” The reason is that Dory always knows what to do because she always forgets and dares to do uncommon things.

You can use this question and apply into your life and business as well. When you face a difficulty, ask yourself, “What would Steve Jobs do?” Or “What would Warren Buffett do?”

Use your imagination and ask yourself what would your favorite gurus do?

If you are in business, you can ask “What would Richard Branson do?”

If you are into tennis, ask “What would Serena Williams do?”

When you ask yourself this question, your mind will search for solutions and get the most related answers to help you in your tough situation.

Remember, for everything tough situation you are facing right now, there is someone out there who has faced similar situation and has successfully overturned around and coped with it.

5. DORY: “The best things happen by chance.”

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Yes, the best things happen by chance. If you have expected something to happen, there will be no surprise for you.

In life, the best things are those that happened without your expectation. I visited Korea in late February 2016, and when I checked, most websites gave me the information that late February will not be snowing because the weather will be entering spring soon.

To my surprise, the second day when I was in Jeju Island, it snowed, and I was so happy and delighted. I have never expected it to snow, and it was my first time experienced the chill weather.

Yes, the best things in life happen by chance. So do the unexpected and dare to venture beyond the norm. And you will get a big surprise – Success!

6. DORY’S PARENT: “We see the undertow, and we say…”
DORY: “LET’S GO!”

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Everyone knows that undertow or rip current is dangerous, but because Dory has a short-term memory loss, she forgets it and thought that the undertow is something fun.

This explains why babies are not afraid of something hot like fire. When babies see a cup of hot water, they wanted to touch and grab it because they are curious about it.

After learning the lesson that hot water is dangerous, the baby will never want to touch it anymore because he has conditioned that hot equals pain.

In life, many people have conditioned that running their own business to be something risky and they never dare to take the opportunity.

This is what stops most people from chasing their dreams. They are afraid of what if they quit their job to start a business and they fail. What if they can’t make enough to survive?

These are the doubts that stop most people from pursuing their goals and dreams.

Sometimes, we have to be like Dory, just forget about the danger and take a leap of faith. Of course, I’m not asking you to swim with the undertow in the sea.

All I’m saying is that you should take more chances and make more mistakes in life. It is alright if you fail, take it as a lesson and learn from it.

Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

7. JENNY (Dory’s Mom): “It means you can do whatever you put your mind to.”

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Dory often lost her way home because she tends to forget. So her parents would line up shells that led her home.

So whenever Dory sees the shells, she would just follow the trail and she will be home. And her mother, Jenny, once told her that this means she can do whatever she puts her mind to.

Yes, you can achieve anything you want when you put your mind to it. Just focus and never get distracted. Put your thoughts on the target that you want and have a laser-focused on it, like an arrow, you will be able to achieve whatever you want.

When you are determined, and when you are laser-focused, nothing can stop you.

Most people are not living the life they want because they are afraid to take action, and they do not dare to dream.

Do not let this happen to you. Even a fish knows the power of its mind. You can accomplish amazing things if you put your mind to.

8. BRUCE (the shark): “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”

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I’m not going to talk about fish are friends, not food. Instead, I’m going to talk about how to change your life.  🙂

Bruce, the shark, knows that if he wanted to change his image as a shark, he must first change himself.

And this is very important if you want to live a successful life. Most people say that they want to be successful, but they are not willing to change themselves and their self-image.

They say that they want to build a multi-million dollar business, or they want to start a successful internet business, but when they get back home, the first thing they do is to check updates on Facebook and waste time on YouTube or binge watch Netflix.

They are not holding the image as a successful entrepreneur, no wonder they are not successful.

Never let this happen to you. You must first change your image and yourself before you can achieve what you want.

If your goal is to build a successful online business, then start doing so by changing your image and act as a successful internet entrepreneur.

If you want to be a successful writer, change your image and do what a successful writer will do.

Do you get that?

If you want to be successful, you must first change your image and act like a successful person.

You can’t become successful if you continue to think and act like someone who’s not.

9. Marlin: “The water is half empty!”
Dory: “Hmmm. Really? I’d say it’s half full.”

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It does not matter if the water is half empty or half full. It can be half empty if you look at it as half empty. And it can be half full if you look at it that way.

The most important are how you perceive it. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.”

Two people can read the same book; the first person does not believe in the principle and never do anything about it. The second person chooses to believe what the book teaches and take action.

The first person who never take action, never improve his life and everything remains the same. Conversely, the second person who takes action produces results and improves his life.

Therefore, it does not matter if the water is half empty or half full, all that matters is what you choose to believe.

So choose to see something good and believe in yourself. If you think that you can do it, you will do it. If you choose to believe that you do not have the potential, and it is not possible for you, you will never do it.

You become what you believe. Period.

10. Crush: “Well, you never really know, but when they know, you know, y’know?”

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Sometimes it is difficult to explain things, and you just need to follow your heart. When something is right, you will know it from your intuition. The same goes when something goes wrong, you will know because you can tell from your instinct.

Successful people listen to their intuition and follow their hearts. Sometimes, some things just cannot be explained, but you have to follow your heart and do what you feel is most right for you.

Steve Jobs started Apple and Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines, they both have no idea how their businesses will turn out. They just choose to believe and follow their hearts.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

If you are a Steve Jobs fan, check out my best quotes from Steve Jobs here.

11. DORY: “This is the Ocean, silly, we’re not the only two in here.”

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Dory said this line when she and Marlin got lost in the first movie, Finding Nemo. When you are lost, remember that you are not alone, and there is always someone out there who can help.

The ocean is huge, but even then, Dory believes that she and Marlin are not the only two there. There are other fish that can help them.

This is true in life. The world is big, and you are not alone. When you face difficulties and tough times, remember to get help from others.

Colonel Sanders, the man who revolutionized the fast-food industry with his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe, knows that there will be someone who will appreciate his secret recipe.

Colonel Sanders got rejected for more than a thousand times, but he continued to search for the right guy to say ‘Yes’ to his deal, which eventually, he found it.

Remember, this world is big enough that there will be someone out there who can help you, but you must first ask for it.

You are not alone; help is always there if you are willing to search for it.

12. HANK: “No memory, no problems.”

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Sometimes you just need to be like Dory, forget what hurts you. When you have no memory of something painful, you will have no problems.

Hank, the octopus, seems to be a very pessimistic guy with a lot of problems. And when he meets with Dory, he understands that all his problems are within himself. His memory and his thoughts are the ones that created all his worries and problems.

You have to understand that worries and problems are there because you think about them all the time. You can choose to focus on the solution or NOT to think about the problems.

Everyone has their own problems; the only ones without problems are dead people.

No matter if you are young, old, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, work as an accountant, admin, a teacher, a homemaker, a boss, a business owner, etc., everyone has problems to settle.

Problems are everywhere, as long as you exist and live in this world.

The key is not to run away from your problems, but choose to focus on the solution and handle them. When the rain comes, instead of complaining about it, learn to dance in it.

13. CHARLIE (Dory’s Dad): “When something is too hard… There is always another way.”

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This quote is powerful, and you can see how Dory turns the impossible event around in the movie.

Just find a way to solve your difficulties at hand. Sometimes you may feel hopeless, and there is nothing much you can do, but if you think about it carefully, you can find a creative solution.

You just cannot see it at that time because you are stuck up with thinking about the problem.

Just get yourself out of the situation, stay calm and focus on the solution. Try to look at the situation as an outsider, think from a bigger perspective and be creative.

Remember, there is always another way…

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan

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20 Comments

  1. Wow this is what I just needed! Thanks for those uplifting realizations and messages. Continue to inspire people! Cheers! Have a happy and blessed life!???

  2. I’m surprised the quote “Just keep swimming!” isn’t on this list.

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hi Simon, Trolls? I didn’t watch, so I can’t really come up with one for it, for now.
      However, I might, in the future. 🙂

  3. Maria Thenesse Cornelio Reply

    Thank you for all the strengthening-of-life quotes here! I was really finding a quote & I am dissappointed. I am glad to share this. 🙂

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  6. My favorite lines, I somewhat remember from the Dory movie thus :-“I don’t want to go to that place, because none of my people are there. There is no one there for me.” Disney Movie FINDING DORY dialogue

  7. I like this from Dory :-“I don’t want to go to that place, because none of my people are there. There is no one there for me.” Disney Movie FINDING DORY dialogue

  8. i loved it. i would like to add “dory is your heart” when in trouble ask yourself “what would dory (your heart) do”. you would get the best answer and then simply follow it without fear.

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  10. Chitradevi J Reply

    I really loved this info you shared us, Its ver helpful thank you so much

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