“[Nature] occasionally throws up the terrible offspring of our pride and carelessness to remind us of how puny we really are in the face of a tornado, an earthquake or a Godzilla.”

From: Godzilla (1985)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Steve Martin

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the reboot to the Godzilla franchise that was released on 1985. This film was the launch of the Heisei series, which renders most of the earlier Showa series of films non-canon except for the original 1956 film.

The quote comes from the very end of the film. Godzilla/Gojira is lured into a volcano and the human forces detonate explosive to bury the King of Monsters. Reporter Steve Martin (reprised by Raymond Burr) delivers a monologue basically stating that the monster is a force of nature and a reminder of how small we really are.

Geek wisdom: While mankind has definitely become the dominant species on the planet, we are still rather small and helpless to the forces of nature. As much as we would like to control it, Mother Nature is just too powerful and strong to bend to our will. It’s better to just live and respect it rather than try to control it.

“A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”

From: Gandalf the Gray

Genre: Movies/Books

Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings trilogy, specifically The Fellowship of the Ring movie

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, both the books and the movies. The Lord of the Rings is a follow up to JRR Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit. In The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins finds The One Ring in the possession of his uncle, Bilbo Baggins. What follows is a quest to go to Mordor to destroy The One Ring.

The quote comes during the early moments of the film that was directed by Peter Jackson. Gandalf the Gray (played by Sir Ian McKellan) arriving at the Shire, the area of the hobbits. Frodo Baggins greets the wizard, taunting him that he is late. This is when Gandalf delivers the quote.

Please take note that the video is an edit to extend the laughter between the two characters. It was the best I could find.

Geek wisdom: Everything you do has to have a purpose and this even includes your mistakes. If you’re late for an appointment or fail to accomplish a task, there is a good chance it it your fault, even if there are circumstances that prevented you from doing it. The best thing is to own up to them.

“Stop trying to tell me you can’t change what you are. You can do it, too. ‘Cause after all, unlike me, you’re not a failure.”

From: Naruto

Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime

Who said it?: Naruto Uzumaki

The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the manga/anime series Naruto. The story focuses on a young ninja named Naruto who has the spirit of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed in him, making him an outcast. The manga/anime follows his and his friends’ adventures.

The quotes comes during the last part of the Chunin Exams. Naruto battles another ninja in training, Neji, who is supposed to be a natural and gifted student. During the climax, it appears that Neji has defeated Naruto after a long bout. However, it turns out Neji only downed one of Naruto’s Shadow Clones. Naruto uses this to his advantage and manages to perform a sneak attack, winning the bout.

Neji expresses that he should have expected this as the Shadow Clone technique is supposed to be Naruto’s specialty. Naruto then replies that he failed the exams several times because he could not execute the Shadow Clone technique properly before. However, he only became an expert at it through a lot of practice. After this reveal, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You are only a failure if you give up. You cannot better yourself if you just quit early on. Even masters have to have failed in the past. But they soldiered on and tried to improve; that’s the only reason why they became masters in their craft.

“Survival can be a matter of luck or skill. And you can’t rely on luck.”

From: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Cloud Strife

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the Square Enix game, Final Fantasy VII Remake. As the name suggests, the game is an enhanced version of the original 1997 game that was released on the PlayStation. The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who gets wrapped up in a plot that will destroy the planet.

The quote comes very early in the game. Cloud and Avalanche, an ec0-terrorist group, has just destroyed a mako reactor as they believe the company that uses them, Shinra, is sucking up the life force of the planet. As they make their way back to their headquarters, Jessie, an Avalanche member, pulls Cloud to the side to thank him for saving her life. As a reward, Jessie attempts to give Cloud a healing materia, and says she was lucky the mercenary was there during her time of need. This is when Cloud delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Always try to be as prepared as you can. While you may be lucky at times, it isn’t reliable as serious planning and really preparing for the unknown.

“Sometimes, bad guys make the best good guys.”

From: Leverage

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Nathan Ford

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the TNT crime drama, Leverage. The show is all about a group of criminals consisting of a hacker, a hitter, a thief and a grifter. They were put together by a man named Nathan Ford, a former insurance investigator who had managed to foil their earlier crimes. He now has them helping law-abiding citizens who have been abused by various corrupt people in positions of power.

The quote actually comes from the introduction of the show starting from the second season. Nathan Ford (played by Timothy Hutton) gives the basic premise of the show and delivers the quote in the process.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the end does justify the means. There are times when we have to do bad things in order to achieve something good. It can be distasteful but it’s is true at times.

“None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me!”

From: Watchmen

Genre: Comics/Movies (sort of)

Who said it?: Rorschach/Walter Kovacs

The story behind the quote: The quote comes the Alan Moore comic Watchmen, which was later adapted to a feature length film of the same name. Both the comic and the movie takes place in a world on the brink of nuclear war and a group of costumed heroes try to solve the murder The Comedian, a former comrade of theirs. There’s a lot more going on but, if I did try to cram all of the details of the incredibly dense narrative, this would be one long paragraph.

The quote comes from the middle of both the film and the graphic novel. Rorschach (played by Jackie Earle Haley) is captured and eventually unmasked as a disturbed individual named Walter Kovacs. He is interviewed by a psychiatrist where he narrates how Walter Kovacs “died” and Rorschach was “born.” Afterwards, at the prison cafeteria, one of the other inmates tries to kill Kovacs to make a name for himself. Kovacs doesn’t let him and splashes boiling oil over the inmates face. While Kovacs is dragged away by the guards, he delivers the quote.

In the comics, it’s done a little differently. We do see Kovacs pour the boiling oil over the attacker. But the quote is just overheard with the psychiatrist putting the quote in his notes.

Geek wisdom: People will have different perspectives on things. Some of them will believe one thing when the same person in the same situation will believe in another. It’s just the way people see things from their point of view.

“Somewhere, there is a crime happening.”

From: Robocop

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Robocop

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1987 sci-fi/cyberpunk movie, Robocop. The film is about Officer Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) who is gunned down on duty. But, thanks to Omni Consumer Products, also known as OCP, Murphy is resurrected as Robocop to be the future of law enforcement.

The quote comes early in the film. After officer Alex Murphy is transformed into Robocop (both played by Peter Weller), his old partner Anne Lewis (portrayed by Nancy Allen) encounters the cyborg and tries to get him to remember who he is. Robocop does eventually brush the conversation off by first excusing himself then delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: It is a sad fact that there are always bad things happening and they are caused by people. This is why it’s always a good idea to be aware because these bad people can do things to you and your loved ones when you least expect it.

“I’m not a painted up doll – I’m a kid! And I don’t want to be anything else.”

From: Disney’s Recess

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Spinelli

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney original series, Recess. The show focuses on a group of friends who, well, enjoy the recess period from school as it represents a time when they can be themselves. However, it is during this recess period wherein they also have to contend with the other groups of the school.

The quote comes from the episode “The Beauty Pageant.” The Ashleys, a group of stuck up girls, decide to enter Spinelli, the tomboyish girl who hates girly things, into a beauty pageant as an act of revenge for a prank. However, as she gets deeper into the contest, she and the gang and even the Ashleys start getting serious about winning. During the final question and answer portion, Spinelli is supposed to give a rehearsed spiel about what she will do if she wins. However, she relents as this really isn’t her. This is when Spinelli delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we force kids to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities. While that’s fine and good to teach them about those topics, we should also allow them to enjoy being young and carefree as well. Allow them to discover who they are and not force them into the image you think they should follow.

“Batman could be anybody. That was the point.”

From: The Dark Knight Rises

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Bruce Wayne

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the third and final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. However, this time around, it isn’t from Batman, The Joker or even wise-old Alfred Pennyworth. This week, it’s from Bruce Wayne.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Police officer John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has managed to deduce that Bruce Wayne (played again by Christian Bale) is Batman. The two attempt to find leads to where the criminal Bane is and, during the car ride, Blake asks Bruce Wayne why he dons a mask. Bruce explains that the costume was to be a symbol. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Anyone can be a hero. You don’t need to be a mask or a costume to do heroic deeds. It’s more about doing the right thing when it’s needed.

“Gentlemen, to evil.”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Mr. Blank

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Specifically, the first episode of the fourth season, Kamp Krusty. The episode has Bart and Lisa Simpson going to summer camp, which is supposedly run by Krusty the Clown himself. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as Mr. Blank, a corrupt businessman, has just licensed the name and, to ensure that his profits are high, equips the camp with rickety amenities. This is  all while Mr. Blank and the “camp counselors” he hired, who happen to be Jimbo Jones and his gang of bullies enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.

The quote comes from the middle of the episode wherein we do see Mr. Blank, Jimbo Jones and the rest of the bullies enjoying a banquet while the camp kids have to eat gruel. Jimbo asks for another brandy and this is when Mr. Blank delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: While we would like to see the good in people but there are always going to be people who will do corrupt and immoral things for various reasons. Maybe it’s because they want to enrich themselves off the backs of other. Maybe they want to show they’re “better” than everyone else. Or maybe they just enjoy it. Whatever the reason, we all have to recognize that there will be bad people in the world.