“It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has! Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!”

From: Back to the Future: Part III

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Doc Brown

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the the final film of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film series focuses on Marty McFly and Doc Brown who use a time machine (built out of a Delorean) and get into various adventures because of it.

The quote comes from the final scenes of the third installment. Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) takes his girlfriend Jennifer (played by Elizabeth Shue) to the remains of the Delorean. Suddenly, Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) comes back from the future using a time machine built into a train. Jennifer asks Doc Brown why one of the messages she took home from the future has been erased. This is when Doc Brown explains the reason and the quote.

Geek wisdom: We are in control of our own destiny. No matter our initial circumstances, we have the power to make the future are bright as we want it to be.

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“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor. It can never be used to hurt you.”

From: Game of Thrones

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Tyrion Lannister

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the HBO series Game of Thrones. It is a medieval fantasy series based on the book series “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R. R. Martin. The books focus on several families/houses vying for the Iron Throne and the right to control all of Westeros.

The quote comes from the very first episode of the series, “Winter is Coming.” Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) runs across Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington). Tyrion Lannister recognizes Jon Snow as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and calls  him a “bastard.” This does offend Jon Snow to a great degree. This is when Lannister gives him some advice…

Geek wisdom: We live in a world where people will try to ridicule you for what you are and we have a tendency to hide our true selves from the world. What most of us don’t realize that, if we do this, then we are not accepting ourselves for who we really are.

If we are honest with ourselves and allow ourselves to express our true nature, others, despite them trying to make fun of us for whatever it is, won’t be able to hurt us.

“But what is happiness? It’s the moment before you need more happiness.”

From: Mad Men

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Don Draper

The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes are actually from the same speech/rant but the entire thing is a bit too long so the quote is just the ending bit, which is the most important bit. Anyway, the quote comes from the AMC show, Mad Men. The show is set in the roaring ’60s and focuses on the staff of an advertising agency, mainly on Don Draper, the egotistical advertising executive and protagonist of the show.

The quote comes from the fifth season episode entitled “Commision and Fees.” In the episode, Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), along with Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery), head to Dow Chemical in an attempt to get the conglomerate as a client. When the people at Dow Chemical tell Don and Roger they’re happy with their current advertising, Don Draper then proceeds to tell them his version of happiness.

Geek wisdom:  Happiness and contentment are two different things and we can confuse the two things. The weird thing is, when we feel content, we tend to let life pass us by. Once we are content with our life, we forget that there can be bigger and better things for us out there and real happiness may just be in our reach but we have to actually strive to reach out for it.

“You’re so hurtful!”

From: The Amanda Show / Moody’s Point

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Misty

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Nickelodeon show The Amanda Show. The Amanda Show started in 1999 and was a sketch comedy show much like in the vein of Saturday Night Live and even Nickelodeon’s own All That. In fact, the show is named after Amanda Bynes, who also starred in All That when she was much younger.

As The Amanda Show was a sketch comedy show, there were some recurring skits. One of them was Moody’s Point, a parody of teen dramas of the time. One of the characters in Moody’s Point is a girl named Misty, a rather homely girl who is incredibly sensitive and delivers the quote because of her fragile ego.

On a side note, this isn’t Misty’s only “catch phrase.” Her other one is “What’s that supposed to mean” and is usually uttered because of the same reason.

Geek wisdom:  Thin skinned people have difficulty taking any criticism. If we are that way and take any constructive feedback and just tell the critic that we feel offended, then we cannot grow and improve. While there are some people who will try to hate on you, you should always be ready to listen to both good and bad feedback as we can learn from them both.

“Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain!”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Doctor Strange

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on Stephen Strange, a skilled surgeon who loses his fine tuned motor skills in a car accident. In an attempt to heal his hands, he travels to Tibet. Under the tutelage of the Ancient One, he instead becomes trained in the mystic arts and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, dedicated to defending this dimension from Dormammu of the Dark Dimension.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the Dark Dimension to talk to Dormammu. However, before he does talk to that dimension’s ruler, Strange casts a spell using the Eye of Agamotto (which actually houses the Time Stone) before delivering the quote to Dormammu… several times.

Geek wisdom: When talking to someone you know will not play fair, you may have to use dirty tactics yourself. While it may not seem like the “honest” or even the “honorable” thing to do, this may be the only way to get a “fair” deal from them. Sometimes, the end does justify the means.

“Good ol’ rock. Nothing beats that!”

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.

“Imagine why you’ll know… tomorrow.”

From: Men in Black

Genre: Movies

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.

“Picture it: Sicily…”

From: The Golden Girls

Genre: Television

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.

“Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair.”

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.

“Fighting was the only thing… the only thing I was good at. But… at least I always fought for what I believed in.”

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.