Who said it?: Jareth, The Goblin King
The story behind the quote: It’s been a very sad week as two cultural icons have passed away: David Bowie and Alan Rickman. As such, My Geek Wisdom will be paying tribute to both of these legendary men by posting a quote from these individuals today. We will be posting a quote from Alan Rickman’s body of work later in the day. But, right now, we’ll be focusing on David Bowie.
The quote comes the cult classic film Labyrinth. The movie is about Sarah (played by Jennifer Connelly) who makes the mistake of wishing for his infant, brother, Toby, to be taken away. Jareth, The Goblin King (played by David Bowie), appears to grant Sarah’s “wish.” When Sarah attempts to take the wish back, Jareth makes a deal with her: he will only return Toby back if she manages to solve his Labyrinth in 13 hours.
The quote comes early in the movie. Jareth presents Sarah with a gift. Sarah asks The Goblin King what the object is and Jareth proceeds to deliver the quote
Geek wisdom: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. People will look at the same thing in a variety of manners. The way they see and feel about something will be different depending on their perception. We have to be aware that we may look at something and see it as something ugly or ordinary. But to others, that same item may be the most beautiful thing they’ve ever seen.
There’s no right or wrong way of looking at things as it will be a matter of opinion.