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.
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 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.
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.
From: The Sandman, specifically from A Dream of a Thousand Cats
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.
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.
Who said it?: A lot of people… but it’s Chef Gusteau’s motto
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Pixar animated film, Ratatouille. The film is about a rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswald) who loves fine dining and learns to become a great cook, thanks to watching his favorite chef, Chef Gusteau (voiced by Brad Garrett). He then accidentally becomes partners with a young man named Linguini, the son of Gusteau, and together they try to become one of the greatest chefs in all of France.
The quote is actually mentioned several times throughout the film as it is Chef Gusteau’s motto. However, it is at its most poignant during the closing moments of the film where Remy decides to serve food critic Anton Ego (voiced by Peter O’Toole) the titular dish. The critic is astonished by the dish but is even more shocked when he learns a rat prepared his meal. He then proceeds to write a review that does include Gusteau’s motto…
Geek wisdom: We often put limits on ourselves. We can immediately think that something will be too hard to do even before we even try. The thing is anyone can do anything as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort to do so. You may never become the best at whatever that thing is but that’s not to say you won’t be good or, at the very least, competent at it. The greatest crime is to not even try at all.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from When Harry Met Sally, a film about two people, Harry (played by Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) and their somewhat long “on and off” relationship. It has become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Although the film has become more memorable because of the “I’ll have what she’s having” quote, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any more beloved saying from the film
The quote actually comes from the very end of the film. During a New Year party, Sally Albright (played by Meg Ryan) decides to leave early as she’s depressed her friendship with Harry Burns (played by Billy Crystal) had just ended. However, just before Sally leaves, Harry rushes in and declares his love for her. Sally thinks that Harry is just saying that because he feels lonely as it’s New Year’s Eve. Harry then tells Sally about all her little quirks she makes and how he loves her even more because of them before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: We all like to dance around our feeling and keep them bottled up inside. We can sometimes be too scared to express our love for someone else for fear of rejection or being shunned. However, the more you delay telling that person you love someone, the more you are going to be missing out on actually being with them.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the “Christmas” movie, Die Hard. The film was a surprise hit and launched Bruce Willis into stardom.
The quote comes from the middle of the film after Hans Gruber (played by the late Alan Rickman) and his group had taken over the Nakatomi building. John McClaine had just killed Tony Vreski after a long, brutal fight but he managed to come out on top. McClaine decides to send a message to Hans Gruber by using the elevator to send Tony’s body… but he does leave a not so subtle message about the new armament he now has…
Geek wisdom: Picking out a gift for someone shouldn’t really be that hard. Everyone wants something different for Christmas. Sometimes, it may be just something they want. Sometimes, it may be something they need. In order to figure it out, you have to understand that person’s situation and know what they would appreciate. All you have to do is pay attention to that person and notice these things.
From: Captain America (but specifically from Daredevil #233)
Who said it?: Captain America
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from a very old comic but the saying still rings true, especially during these troubled times.
This week’s quote comes from Captain America, who made a guest appearance in Daredevil Issue #233. In the issue, Daredevil is in the middle of a battle against the supervillain known as Nuke. Daredevil manages to take out Nuke but the Avengers, who were busy helping civilians during the fight, arrest Nuke afterwards. Later, Captain America meets up with Daredevil and the patriotic hero asks The Man Without Fear who Nuke is. Daredevil retorts and tells Captain America to ask his “superiors” (the US government) who Nuke is, as Nuke has the United States flag tattooed on his face.
Captain America does just that and asks one of the generals who Nuke really is. The general hints that the information is classified and that, as a patriot and a good soldier, Captain America should stop looking into to. This is when Captain America delivers the quote while holding on the flag of the USA.
Geek wisdom: People nowadays seem to be taking sides. It may be about political ideals on how people have become too conservative/liberal. Or it could be how one’s lifestyle is corrupting the world we live in and we denounce the “other side.” We are currently dividing ourselves needlessly because we all want the best for ourselves and everyone. The worst thing is that we become loyal to one “side” just because of our race, religion or party alignment without even taking a step back to think for ourselves if the “side” we’re on actually falls on what we believe in.