‘Life is Like a Box of Chocolates’: 7 Best Quotes from Tom Hanks Films

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Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of all time and now he can add author to his credit. His book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, was released yesterday.  To celebrate this latest milestone in his career, we have compiled some of our favorite quotes from Hanks’ films.

  1. “Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!” A League of Their Own

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  2. “Reach for the sky!” – Toy Story

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  3. “Houston, we have a problem” – Apollo 13

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  4. “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'”   – Forrest Gump

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  5.  “We are all God’s animated cartoons.”  Punchline

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  6. “I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home. .. only to no home I’d ever known.” – Sleepless in Seattle

  7. “I would rather take my chances out there on the ocean than stay here and die.”- Cast Away

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  8. “Live still, I am life. Heaven is in your eyes. Is everything around you just the blood and mud? I am divine. I am oblivion. I am the god… that comes down from the heavens, and makes of the Earth a heaven. I am love!… I am love.” Philadelphia

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  9. “Things that happen in this world… it’s a wonder God allows it.” – The Green Mile

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  10. “In these books, in these volumes, there is the accumulated wisdom of mankind, which succors me when the day is hard and the night lonely and long.” – The Ladykillers

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Funny or serious, we love Tom Hanks, his films and will love his book, too! “And that’s all I have to say about that.”


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Aisha K. Staggers has been writing since middle school. She had her first major publication in her local newspaper's entertainment section while a sophomore in high school, a publication in another state paper followed. Aisha has been contributing to various paper, magazines and textbooks for over 15 years. In addition to her time as an instructor of social sciences in higher education, Aisha has served as a director of education and policy research centers, and on the staff of legislative commissions. Aisha previously served on the Executive Board of the CT Young Democrats Women's Caucus and has remained active in politics and public policy. She is an alumni of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, respectively, and completed the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2008. Currently, Aisha is Senior Editor for BookTrib, a division of the literary public relations firm, Meryl Moss Media. In addition to her own work, Aisha will be writing the liner notes for an upcoming Prince tribute album and contributing a chapter to a 2018 scholarly work on Prince and the Minneapolis Sound.

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