Anyway, if you're looking to procrastinate in the guise of “finding inspiration,” you've come to the right place! Here are five quick film clips that can possibly give you the inspiration to soldier on. And if you're on Adderall and watch one of these clips, you may find yourself spiraling down that dark Wikipedia hole that ends with you learning all you can about the Wars of Scottish Independence and downloading 6 gigs of Celtic music while you're studying, like, Physics. So, fair warning.
The William Wallace “They Will Never Take Our Freedom!” Speech:
The ultimate. If William Wallace can't fire you up to read 20 more pages of Faulkner, then you're dead inside. (Added bonus: After you finish studying, come back to this video and take a look at its YouTube comments. Holy shit! are the Scots serious about gaining their independence again. I'd love for a “Braveheart” modern-day remake starring Ewan McGregor's character from “Trainspotting.” “IT'S SHITE BEING SCOTTISH RIGHT NOW, Tommy. It's a SHITE state of affairs to be in! Let's kill those British wankers already! Then we'll do some heroin.”)
The Coach Brooks “My Pregame Pep Talk Is Almost As Awesome As My Pants” Speech:
Replace a few choice words and this speech becomes perfect for your current situation. “I'm sick and tired of hearing about
what a great hockey team the Soviets have how much work your professors have given you. Screw 'em! This is your time! Now go out there get off Facebook and take it!”
The Coach Taylor “Let Me Tell You Somethin'” Speech:
This is actually several speeches smashed into one supercut, but it's very much capable of giving you the inspiration chill boner, which is at least the third best kind of boner one can achieve. It'll also make you wish you were playing for the Dillon Panther under Coach Taylor right now.
Well, unless you're Street.
The Will Hunting “I Am Smarter Than You” Speech
Enough with the coaches (if you want one more: Al Pacino, “Any Given Sunday,” done). Let’s get academic. Specifically, “Good Will Hunting” academic. Ever want to amass enough knowledge to take down a douchey first-year grad student and win the attention of a fine English bird like Minnie Driver? Better hit the books like Will Hunting, son. Sure you might not have the genius IQ like he has, and sure, this is a fictional story we’re talking about, but dammit, you have to work hard to one day be able to deliver a monologue on Gordon Wood and end it with, “HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?”
The John Blutarsky “Was It Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?” Speech
For the party that comes after you're finally done.
Any other good ones out there? Put 'em in the comments.