From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Bart Simpson
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from one of the episodes of The Simpsons. As one of the longest running shows ever (and since I’ve already used a lot of Simpsons quotes in the past), this show needs no introduction anymore.
The quote comes from 4th season episode entitled “The Front.” The episode has siblings Bart and Lisa Simpson, dissatisfied by the quality of the new Itchy and Scratchy episodes, decide to write their own story and submit it. Inspired by seeing Homer accidentally cut off most of Marge’s hair, they write “Little Barbershop of Horrors.” When deciding on who’s name to put on the script first, Lisa suggests that they play a game of rock-paper-scissors. However, the game is rigged against Bart as he has the tendency of only using rock.
Geek wisdom: We can get too settled in our ways and just do things because we’ve gotten so used to our daily and repetitive lives. We can get too set in our ways and think our way of doing things is the best. This is actually a bad thing as we can never better ourselves this way. We sometimes have to be adventurous and try new things as that’s the only real way to gain new experiences and actually see if there is something better out there for us.
From: Men in Black
Who said it?: Agent K
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1997 sci-fi film, Men in Black. The movie is based on a comic book series of the same name. The story revolves around a secret government agency who guard the Earth from aliens as well as protect the planet regarding the knowledge of the existence of extra-terrestrial life and how some aliens are actually living on Earth.
The quote comes early in the film. After the soon-to-be Agent J (played by Will Smith) passes the “Men in Black” exam, Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones) explains what the MIB do and how some aliens are already living on Earth without the general public’s knowledge. When Agent J says that people will understand, Agent K rebuts by stating some of the things that people took as facts before, such as the world being flat. This is when Agent K delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Knowledge isn’t static. What we know as scientific fact today can be discovered to be totally false tomorrow. This isn’t a problem as things change and new information pops up every time. Knowledge and facts keeps on evolving and the only reason why we stop learning is because we choose not to learn anymore.
From: The Golden Girls
Who said it?: Sophia Petrillo
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic US sitcom The Golden Girls. The show is all about four older women living their golden years together in the same house in Miami, Florida. The show was a smash hit and is still recognized today as one of the most popular sitcoms of all time thanks to an all star cast that included Beatrice Arthur as the sarcastic Dorothy, Betty White as the dimwitted Rose, Rue McClanahan as the Southern belle Blanche and Estelle Getty as Dorothy’s mother, Sophia Petrillo.
The quote actually comes from Sophia. As the oldest of the quartet, she has a lot of experiences she would like to give her younger roommates the benefit of her wisdom while in Sicily. She would usually start her stories with this week’s quote. However, sometimes, there are some stories that seem to be made up…
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if a story is true or not. A lot of the time, it doesn’t really matter if it’s factual or pure fiction. What matters is if we can learn from those stories. What’s important is the message the story is trying to convey. Just because something is made up, that doesn’t mean we can’t get some life lessons from it.
From: Red Dead Redemption
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: John Marston
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2010 open world Western video game Red Dead Redemption. The game puts you in the boots of John Marston, a reformed outlaw who’s family is being held by the government as ransom. The government wants John Marston to track down and kill the former members of his gang and, in return, they will release his wife and son.
The quote comes from The Outlaw’s Return mission. This opens up after John finally takes out the last member of his gang and returns home to his family. His wife berates him for leaving his son. This is when John delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: You are dealt the hand you have in life. Some people will just have more than you and there will be some people who will have less. That’s just life. But complaining that life isn’t fair won’t do you any good. You have to make the most of it, no matter what you have.
From: Metal Gear Solid series
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Gray Fox
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the incredibly popular PlayStation video game, Metal Gear Solid, which was created by Hideo Kojima. In the game, you take control of Solid Snake, a retired solider called back to action to stop a terrorist organization from stealing a mobile tank that’s able to launch a nuclear missile from any where in the world, the titular Metal Gear.
The quote is said near the end of the game. Solid Snake attempts to take down the new Metal Gear model, dubbed Metal Gear Rex. During the battle, a former ally named Gray Fox rescues him and sacrifices himself. Before dying himself, Gray Fox tells Solid Snake that he isn’t a tool for the government before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: Always stick to your convictions and beliefs. It may be hard to do so because the world is telling you what you know and what you can do goes contrary to your beliefs. But there is always a way to make things work out to your goals, not theirs.
From: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Victor Sullivan
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Naughty Dog’s action-adventure video game series, Uncharted, spcifically, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Like the other entries in the series, Drake’s Deception stars Nathan Drake (played by Nolan North), a treasure hunter who get entangled in a life and death adventure with his friends with the hopes to get rick quick.
The quote comes during the ending of the game. After managing to escape from the lost city of Ubar as it collapses, Victor Sullivan (played by Richard McGonagle) takes Drake to the side and tells him that he made a lot of mistakes during his lifetime. He then hands Nate his lost wedding ring and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: What you get in life depends on how much effort you put into it. It’s possible to grow up in the roughest part of the neighborhood and in poverty. But successful people will not let those disadvantages stop them from their own greatness. Neither should you.
From: The Incredibles 2
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Edna Mode
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from The Incredibles 2, Disney and Pixar second film in the franchise. The film takes place a few weeks after the first Incredibles film. But this time, it’s Elastigirl doing the superheroing while Mr. Incredible stays home to take care of the household duties.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Thanks to Jack-Jack’s plethora of emerging powers, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) goes to Edna Mode (once again voiced by Brad Bird, who also wrote and directed the film) for assistance as he has become incredible tired dealing with Jack-Jack. Mr. Incredible tells Edna the woes he’s experienced since becoming head of the household. This is when Edna Mode turns to Mr. Incredible and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Being a parent can be a thankless job but it’s actually one of the most noble jobs out there as you are taking care of someone. However, it’s only noble if you really pour some time and effort into it. You can’t just half-ass the job of raising children.
From: The Karate Kid (1984)
Who said it?: Mr. Miyagi
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Karate Kid film, specifically from Mr. Miyagi giving Daniel Laruso a life lesson.
After Daniel Laruso (played by Ralph Macchio) is saved by Mr. Miyagi from a vicious beating from Johnny Lawrence and the rest of the Cobra Kai dojo, the old man brings Daniel home. Daniel complains to Mr. Miyagi (played by Pat Morita) that Johnny and the Cobra Kai kids are bad eggs. This is when Miyagi tells Daniel that it’s what they were taught…
Geek wisdom: If we teach kids to do bad things, they will grow up doing these bad things, thinking it’s okay. We have to guide children and teach them to do the right things and not the wrong things early in life.
Who said it?: David Wills
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from an old viral video involving wrestling. Rather, it comes from a long time fan, David Wills.
David Wills attended at wrestling show which just so happened to have a Q&A section, featuring some old-time wrestling legends like Jim Cornette and Terry Funk. Before the show, Wills managed to get a glimpse of another wrestling legend, Harley Race, having difficulty moving around. This kind of shocked David Wills as he remembered watching “King” Harley Race as a kid and how lively he was then. The wrestling world also was recently stunned with the sudden passing of Eddie Guerrero then.
These two factors affected David Wills as he knows how much wrestlers hurt themselves for the viewers’ entertainment. So, when he was given the mic to ask a question during the Q&A panel, he emotionally delivered the quote.
Geek wisdom: Let people have their fun and like the things they like. You’re not accomplishing anything by spoiling their fun or raining on their parade.
From: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Who said it?: Yondu
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The titular group is formed with an eclectic cast of characters, which include a human being who is part “god,” the adopted daughter of a “mad titan,” a strong but dimwitted man who doesn’t understand sarcasm, the leader of a pirate gang, and a talking raccoon and tree. On paper, it may not seem like a good idea to put these oddities on screen but their films have drawn critical acclaim and box office success.
The quote comes from near the end of the film. Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) had just defeated his “god” of a father, which leads to the planet self-destructing. Yondu (played by Michael Rooker), the space pirate who actually raised Peter in order to protect him from his biological father, manages to save him by flying them into space. He does deliver the quote before expiring from the harshness of outer space.
Geek wisdom: Being a father isn’t just siring a child. Being a father also means being their for the child you created. A real father will make the effort to do right by their children.