Top 10 Movies, Songs & Quotes about Lives Making a Difference

Stories of people whose lives make a difference are all around us. We see them in the lives of our friends, family, co-workers and on the news. And we see them in blockbuster movies and award-winning songs. That got us to thinking – let’s compile a list of our favorite Top 10 movies, songs and quotes. While our list is by no means all-inclusive, it does get you to stop and think. 


Top 10 Movies about Lives that Made a Difference

The Blind Side

Erin Brokovich

Forrest Gump

Freedom Writers

Good Will Hunting

Hidden Figures

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Patch Adams

The Pursuit of Happyness

We posted the list on our Facebook page, and after the votes were tallied, our readers chose “Patch Adams” as the favorite, with “Forrest Gump” coming in second and “The Blind Side” third.

One of our wise customers highly recommended the documentary “I’ll Push You” — the story of two lifelong friends who do the El Camino trail together. She said, “If you do nothing else, read the book of the same title. You will come away a better person.”


Top 10 Songs about Someone Making a Difference

I Was Here – Beyonce

For Good, from Wicked – Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel

Make Someone Happy – Jimmy Durante

Be One – Natalie Grant

Thankful – Josh Groban

Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

I Was Here – Lady Antebellum

Everyday People – Reba McEntire

Ordinary Angels – Craig Morgan

Do Something – Matthew West


Top 10 Quotes about Making a Difference

 “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”
– Tom Brokaw

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”
– Jimmy Carter

“One person can make a difference and everyone should try.”
– John F. Kennedy

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”
– Mandy Hale

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.”
– Judy Blume

“Our words have power, but our actions shape lives.”
– Rachel Hollis

We trust our lists will cause you to pause and reflect on those who’ve made a difference in your life…and how you can make a difference with yours.

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