Amy Rees Anderson

“Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

In the movie The Imitation Game there is a line that really stood out to me, “Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” I loved that quote and I loved what the meaning of the quote conveys.

To me it stands as a reminder of two things:

One:  We should never underestimate people. We should never pre-judge another person’s abilities. So often in life it is those you might never expect that end up changing the world.

Two:  In addition to not discounting the worth of others, we all need to be careful to never discount our own worth. So often underestimate our own abilities. We assume things are too hard, or above our capacity to handle. We often stop ourselves from trying new things out of fear that we are not someone who could accomplish it. We don’t give ourselves the credit that we may be that person that can do things that no one can imagine.

“Close your eyes and imagine the very best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.” – C Assaad

Every single one of us is born with different strengths and a different purpose to fulfill in our life. Every single one of us is capable of achieving amazing things. Sure our abilities and purposes are all very different from one another, and although some will be more obvious and public than others, each one is equally important. All of us should value each other’s purposes equally and recognize each other for what we bring to the table. In addition, none of us should shy away from or minimize the value we ourselves bring to this world. We should embrace it and own it and excel at it.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Have an amazing day everyone!
~Amy

18 Comments

  • Benjamin Hetz says:

    I have just seen the film, well about 35mins of it so far, I had to stop and google the quote.
    I love it. It rings so true about what life throws at us and what we can throw at life.
    I shall read more of your blog, first I must finish watching the film.
    Courage is indeed contagious Amy. Have an amazing day!

  • Aaron says:

    Amy and Benjamin hope all is well.

    I too saw the movie “The Imitation Game” and had to Google the quote as this is an amazing line that stands out above all the rest. I agree whole hardheartedly Amy, never pre-judge and never discount or underestimate your own wealth.

    Certainly I was not the only one to notice this and I will surly be back to read more of your blog.

    Good day all.

  • Fares says:

    Very nice way of interpreting it, Amy! A very catchy quote indeed.

  • Aman kataria says:

    I’m watching the movie and it’s a beautiful quote … I agree it’s something that’s resonated with me

  • Sharon says:

    I was searching this quote to properly attribute it. I was going to do my blog based on the quote. When I typed it in, your entry came up.

    Too close to what I wanted to say to try to better it. Good job.

  • laura says:

    The line is also in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

  • kevin ng says:

    amazing reactions to this qoute in the movie!all the best guys!

  • Karen says:

    Thank you Amy.
    You have helped me a lot when I needed most.
    Blessed are you!

  • tara says:

    I’m doing a sermon on Jeremiah 1:4-10 this week and was glad to find the quote I had heard but couldn’t recall from where! Now I can quote the quote in my sermon. Thanks for the blog.

  • John Wilmerding says:

    I too love this quote. But I would like to verify who said it originally. Was it the author of the screenplay for ‘The Imitation Game’? Was it Turing himself? Was it Christopher Morcom, who first says those words in the film? Or was it someone else? Also, what other quotations express a very similar thought? Thank you.

  • Beth says:

    Hi Amy, My husband and I watched this movie the other night and that line jumped out at me as well! I loved it! I found your blog when I googled this quote. Thank you for sharing, it put my feelings into words! I hope you don’t mind, but I shared your link to my facebook for my friend to see. Thanks again!

  • Zack says:

    Amy, this is such an inspiring quote I must say. I’m actually watching the movie ‘imitation game’ right now and I had to pause to Google the quote. I’ve learnt once again never to underrate myself or anyone.

  • Diane Langford says:

    Amy, I, too, just finished the movie on Netflix and was inspired by it (and dismayed by the still rampant – at that time – profound prejudice against gays). As with the other persons who commented, I was deeply touched by the quote, and moved by your essay. With your permission, I would like to share it in my therapy group.

  • Zineb says:

    I’m working on writing a short story, and while checking my Facebook there was a quote that reminded me of Alan Turing’s quote, and here I am. Glad that this chain of event brought me on your blog! Loved it!

  • Larry says:

    There is another one from “Castaway”

    “You never know what the tide will bring in”

    And another :

    “It is better to be have knowledge and not need it the to need knowledge and not have it.”

    Have a great day!

  • Amir says:

    I want translation in Urdu language please

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