Life Lessons of Collateral Beauty: Meanings and Quotes

“Your children don’t have to come from you. They go through you,” one of the most beautiful Collateral Beauty quotes. Produced in 2016, this American drama film was directed by David Frankel and the script was written by Allan Loeb. The movie was acted very well as you cannot expect less from film stars like Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris. Many people were amazed to see the beautiful pitcurisation of a man who writes letters to copes up from his daughter’s death to Time, Death, and Love. The movie was criticized by many due to the lack of understanding of collateral beauty meaning but it still won the heart of many fans. 


Some of the Collateral Beauty Quotes That Will Give You Goosebumps

  • [Arguing with Raffi the personification of Time] No, this is hell: being without her.

Howard Inlet (Will Smith), Collateral BeautyRemember me… I’m Time… I’m a gift… and you’re wasting it.

— Raffi (Jacob Latimore), Collateral Beauty

  • Who won? You or the porcelain?

Brigitte (Helen Mirren), Collateral Beauty

  • People write letters to the universe all the time…most don’t get a response.

— Brigitte (Helen Mirren), Collateral Beauty

  • Howard: Death came first. She met me in the dog park.

Madeline: Oh, so Death is a ‘her?’

Howard: Uh, yeah. It turns out Death is an elderly white woman.

— Howard Inlet (Will Smith), Collateral Beauty

  • Claire: I just… Look, uh, this doesn’t feel right.

Simon: I know. But when something starts with a six-year-old dying, nothing is gonna feel right.

— Claire Wilson (Kate Winslet), Collateral Beauty

  • Brigitte: Death is so much more vital than Time.

Simon: Right.

Brigitte: Death gives Time all of its value.

— Brigitte (Helen Mirren), Collateral Beauty

  • We don’t get to choose who we love or who loves us back. And that means you’re powerless to me as long as you’re alive, because I’m the fabric of life. I’m within you. I’m within everything. Howard, if you can accept that, then maybe… I don’t know, but maybe you get to live again.

— Amy Moore (Keira Knightley), Collateral Beauty

  • “We’re here to connect. Love, time, death. Now these three things connect every single human being on earth. We long for love, we wish we had more time and we fear death.”


— Howard Inlet (Will Smith), Collateral Beauty

These are some of the quotes than not only defines the meaning of collateral beauty but also the true essence of life. The movie gives us a lesson that we all have a story and each person is going through something. Sometimes it is okay to run and get on a plane, bus, or train. It’s to run sometimes rather than dying in grieve for years to let yourself die. It says every person is unique in its own way and so does their situations. This simply means to sort the problems, the solutions also varies from person to person. You never know a simple smile of yours can add a glimpse of happiness on someone’s face. The movie has beautifully scripted the bond of love and friendship as a profound thing. It has the ability to conquer anything in the world. As Smith said in the movie “we long for love, we wish we had more time, and we fear death,” these three words have its own collateral beauty of living a life. One thing adds the meaning to the other one and so does the life becomes a memorable path of happiness and sorrow.