“You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Homer Simpsons

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the longest running animated series in the United States, The Simpsons. The show has been on for 29 straight seasons and counting and is a general smorgasbord for quotes.

The quote comes from the 18th episode of the 5th season, Burns’ Heir. In the episode, Mr. Burns has a near death experience and decides to hold an audition for all the kids in Springfield to become his heir. The Simpsons has their kids, Lisa and Bart Simpson try out but they fail to pass the audition. The kids are heartbroken and Marge asks Homer Simpson to cheer his kids up. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do a good job…


Geek wisdom: Homer Simpsons’ reaction is probably one we’re all familiar with. We try something once and, when we initially fail at whatever it is, we give up. This isn’t the way to get better at anything. If anything, this is a call for us to pick ourselves up and try again to get better at whatever it is.

Oh, and because of this “pep talk,” Bart Simpson pulls a prank at Mr. Burns house, which does get him signed as the heir apparent.


“What is better – To be born good, or to overcome your evil nature though great effort?”

From: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Paarthurnax

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the massive RPG game, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, by Bethesda Softworks. The game is one of the most beloved video games of the modern generation because of the huge swath of land you can explore as well as the numerous paths you can take in your quest as the Dragonborn to eliminate the legendary Alduin, the dragon that is prophesied to destroy the world.

During the main questline, the Dragonborn is sent out to meet with Paarthurnax, the leader of the Greybeards sect. It turns out that Paarthurnax is actually a great dragon himself. During your conversation with the dragon, Paarthurnax tells the Dragonborn that, while he did commit atrocities in the past, he has overcome those base instincts through hard work but that part of him is still alive within him. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Everyone has the potential of changing and better themselves. However, the journey of doing so will not be so easy. It will take dedication and perseverance for change to happen. But the change will happen if one really strives to do so.

“One who knows nothing can understand nothing.”

From: Kingdom Hearts

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ansem

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the action RPG game Kingdom Hearts. The game is notable for being a crossover between video game juggernaut Square, the company that makes the Final Fantasy games, and Disney. In Kingdom Hearts, you control a new character named Sora, who partners with Disney characters Donald Duck and Goofy. The trio travel to different worlds populated by both Final Fantasy and Disney characters in order to rid the world of the Heartless.

The quote comes early in the game. As Sora (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) explores Destiny Island, he comes across a figure hiding in the shadows. The figure, who is actually the primary antagonist, Ansem (voiced by Billy Zane), chides Sora as he knows so little about the predicament that’s afflicting the other worlds. Sora then replies that he’ll learn about the world soon. This is when Ansem tells Sora that all his effort will be for naught and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A lot of us think we know practically everything in the world and what’s happening. In reality, we know so little about the things around us as we don’t fully understand them. Rather than pretend we know everything, we have to accept that we all need to learn new things to better ourselves. Knowledge is power, after all.

“Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honor matters. The silence is your answer.”

From: Mass Effect 3

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Javik

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the third installment of the original Mass Effect trilogy of games from Bioware. The game puts you in the shoes of Commander Shepard as he tries to prevent the Reapers from destroying all sentient life in the galaxy.

The quote comes the Javik, the only survivor of the Prothean race from the last Reaper cycle. Commander Shepard and Liara try to communicate with the previously thought extinct race. Javik pledges his allegiance to Shepard but warns him that he will destroy anyone else who sides with the Reapers. Shepard says that there may be other reasons and that the war isn’t black and white. However, as the Prothean has experienced the war and how it decimated the galaxy before, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, life is all about survival and you will have to swallow your pride and you may have to do horrible things in order to just keep on living. It isn’t a pleasant thought but the world and life isn’t fair. Life can be harsh but we have to push on to live on.

“We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

From: Cosmos: A Personal Journey

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Carl Sagan

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1980 13-part documentary series, Cosmos: A Personal Journey. The show was hosted by astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan. In the show, Carl Sagan teaches the viewers about numerous scientific lessons, such as the theory of evolution, how time slows down when someone moves close to the speed of light as well as the origins of the universe, all while using his “spaceship of the imagination.” The show was incredibly popular when PBS aired it in 1980 and it is still currently the most viewed PBS television program today.

The quote comes from the very first episode of the show, The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean. In his opening monologue, Carl Sagan talks about the cosmos and all of the mysteries it holds and that mankind is desperately trying to understand the inner workings of the universe while trying to understand ourselves at the same time. It is during this monologue when he delivers the quote, as he tells us that we long to explore and return to the cosmos.

Geek wisdom:  We are all connected. We may not really feel that connection but we are in some way. Whatever we do affects all of us in the future, even in minute ways. But there are times when we do things that cause harm to ourselves because we do not truly understand what we are. It is better to not pretend we know everything and keep plodding ignorantly along. Rather, it would be in all our best interests to learn what we can from each other so we can determine what actions will benefit all of us.

“I’m not a smart man. But I know what love is.”

From: Forrest Gump

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Forrest Gump

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the very quotable film from 1994 film, Forrest Gump. Based on the book of the same name, Forrest Gump is a person of low IQ but, despite his apparent handicap, he proceeds to go on different new adventures and meet people who would go on to make history, making his life one of the most fulfilling ones ever.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Forrest (played by Tom Hanks) gets a visit from his childhood friend and longtime crush Jenny (played by Robin Wright). Jenny seems to be trying to get away from something painful so Forrest invites her to stay to live with her. After watching TV, Jenny tells Forrest she’s going to bed. Before she makes it up the stairs, Forrest abruptly proposes to Jenny but she declines because she won’t be good for him. This leaves Forrest confused as he instinctively knows of Jenny’s true feelings. This is about when he delivers the quote before leaving the house.

Geek wisdom: There are actually two meanings for this week’s quote. The first one deals with knowing what love is. Love is nothing we can really “learn.” It’s something we feel deep in our gut and we know about this feeling through pure instinct. And anyone can actually fall in love; there is no prerequisite to getting it.

The second piece of Geek Wisdom we can get from the quote has to deal with Jenny’s true feelings for Forrest. Although she does love him, she feels like she doesn’t deserve him. We sometimes deny ourselves of love because we feel we don’t deserve it like Jenny does. But that’s not true. We’re all deserving of love in our life. We just have to be willing to accept it.

“The only person you’re truly competing against, Wesley, is yourself.”

From: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Captain Jean-Luc Picard

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Captain of the NCC-1701-D, AKA the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Unlike his predecessor, who had a habit of charging in full force into trouble, Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) is a more calm and strategic thinking, preferring to take a more logical and level-headed manner to resolve issues.

The quote comes from the closing moments of the Season 1 episode entitled “Coming of Age.” One of the stories in the episode deals with Wesley Crusher taking the entrance exam for Starfleet Academy. He does not get in but not for lack of trying. Wesley is disappointed with himself and apologizes to Picard for letting him and the entire crew of the Enterprise down. Picard tries to comfort the boy by asking him if he tried his best. This is when he delivers the quote to encourage him.

Geek wisdom:  People tend to take too much stock in how people think of them or how they stack up against each other. We try to compare ourselves with others and then ask ourselves how to outdo what they did. In actuality, the best way to do better in life tomorrow is to try to outdo what we are today.

“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.”

From: Aladdin

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: The Peddler

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the 1992 animated Disney film, Aladdin. The film is a “sanitized” version of the original story but does cover the broad strokes or a “street rat” who uses a magic Genie to try to win the affections of a princess while fighting off an evil wizard.

The quote comes at the beginning of the film where we see a Peddler (voiced by Robin Williams, who also happened to voice the Genie) talks to the viewer and tries to sell you various objects. He then tries to sell you a seemingly ordinary lamp but, as the quote suggests, the lamp is more than it seems…

Fun Fact: It was supposed to be revealed at the end of the film that the Peddler was the Genie in disguise, which is why Robin Williams voiced both characters but was changed during its development.

Geek wisdom: There’s an old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s so easy to give a foolish first impression because of how something or someone looks. But it’s only until we really delve into something and give that person or thing a chance when we can understand its real worth.

“We could change things back. If we believed. If we dreamed.”

From: The Sandman, specifically from A Dream of a Thousand Cats

Genre: Comics

Who said it?: A Siamese Cat

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the highly acclaimed graphic novel series, The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman. The Sandman is a non-conventional “comic book” series and focuses on Morpheus, the personification of dreams and stories. He is also not really a hero and he is sometimes not even the main character in his own series. However, most of the stories do have him interact with the story in some way.

The quote comes from one of the series’ short stories, A Dream of a Thousand Cats. In the tale, a cat is listening to a Siamese cat with a rather radical belief that cats used to rule the world and humans were the pets instead of the other way around. The Siamese cat came to this realization because Morpheus (looking like a black cat) came to her in a dream and showed the cat this reality. This reality was destroyed because enough humans believed in a vision where humans ruled. Enough humans eventually believed it and that dream became a reality. The Siamese cat then tells the other cat the quote, stating that things can be changed.


Geek wisdom: We sometimes feel helpless with the way the world currently is but we refuse to believe that anything we do will change anything. This isn’t true and the only thing that’s stopping us from changing the world for the better is the thought that anything we do won’t matter. But, if enough people actually get together and believe and dream for a better future, then the world will have not choice but to change.

“Constants and variables.” AND “There’s always a lighthouse. There’s always a man, there’s always a city…”

From: Bioshock: Infinite

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth

The story behind the quote: This week, we have a user submitted quote from Dylan. We over here are My Geek Wisdom truly appreciate you helping out giving out some geeky quotes for all of us to enjoy!

Anyway, this week’s quote comes from Bioshock: Infinite. It is a first person shooter that was released in 1993. The game was critically praised for its mind-bending story, great gameplay and well developed characters and went on to win multiple Game of the Year awards. In the game, you play the role of Booker DeWitt and were hired to rescue a girl named Elizabeth from Columbia, a giant flying city. Columbia is managed by Comstock, a dictator who rules the city under the pretext of his religious beliefs.

The quote comes during the end of the game. Elizabeth takes Booker to a mysterious place that seems to open up to different parallel universes. Booker comments that there are multiple lighthouses that look like the same one he used to get into Columbia. This is when Elizabeth delivers the quote and mentions that there are things that are the same yet different at the same time.

Geek wisdom: Like in the game, there were just a few choices that separated the main character from being Booker or becoming Comstock. It’s sometimes there little difference that will keep people from going down the same path, even though their circumstances are the same. to quote Dylan, who submitted the quote in the first place: Peoples’ lives share a lot of similar elements yet also vary greatly in many great and small ways.