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9 Empowering Moana Quotes

In 2016 the world was introduced to Disney’s latest creation: the story of Moana of Motunui. Daughter of a Polynesian chief and friend of the ocean, Moana’s story became an overnight success. Starring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho and international superstar Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, this animated film captured the hearts of millions instantly. And today we’re talking all about our favorite quotes from the movie.

Here are 9 Empowering Moana Quotes.

“Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface … Far beneath, in some cases.”

Moana speaks nothing but truth. In this quote, she explains that we all have strength inside of us, but sometimes it takes a little bit more effort to find. Not everyone has an obvious path in life, but if you’re willing to do the work and make some sacrifices along the way, anything is possible.

“There is nowhere you could go that I won’t be with you.”

Sometimes we just need a reminder that the people we love care about us. Facing the unknown can be a terrifying thing, and doing it alone is a feat far more intimidating than most are willing to admit. But knowing we have those that are important with us always can make all the difference.

“There comes a day when you’re gonna look around and realize happiness is where you are.”

We love this quote because it gives Moana (and the audience) some serious insight. Continually looking for something to make you happy is a definitive way to always be searching. Eventually you must make peace with what is right around you and find happiness in what you already have.

“Her heart held the greatest power ever known.”

If only we could all have a Gramma Tala of our own. With this quote she speaks the truth. At the end of the day, our greatest strengths lie within. It’s our hearts and souls that truly make us who we are, and that is where we can find the ability to push through time and time again.

“The past shouldn’t be feared for it guides our future.”

Another lesson about the past, here we are reminded just how vital the time before can be. While it is important not to cling to the past, it must be remembered to help guide us to where we go next. The key is finding balance between the two.

“Bonding is not measured by the time you spent together, but by the comfort you find when you realize you have each other.”

Moana speaks serious truth with this one. Sometimes you can’t spend as much time as you’d like with the people you love. But it’s more about quality and what you do with the time you do have, rather than the amount of time you had in the first place.

“Be who you are on the inside.” 

A few simple words, but such a powerful meaning. Moana reminds us here that we need to always remember who we are inside. Life isn’t about putting on appearances or facades, it’s about being who you are without shame. Just like Moana, we could all do remind ourselves of this more often.

“There’s more beyond the reef.”

It’s true that Moana meant this in a literal sense, but we like to think of the metaphor it represents as well. There’s more beyond just what we see. And we are capable of so much more than what is right in front of us. Sometimes we just need to remember our power.

“Know your purpose.”

To round off our list, we’re ending with three simple words. We all have a purpose in life. Sometimes that means leading our people, but for most it’s simply doing the best we can at whatever it is we do on a daily basis. At the end of the day, knowing our purpose and doing our job to the best of our ability can be considered a success.

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And that’s our list! Let us know your favorite Moana quotes in the comments!

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