“Because even miracles take a little time.”

From: Cinderella

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: Fairy Godmother

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the classic 1950 animated Disney film, Cinderella. The film is a basically a retelling of the fairy tale based on an old folk tale that does follow the general beats of the story seen in the movie. The story focuses on a girl named Cinderella who is living with her abusive step family. But her fortunes change when her fairy godmother helps her get into the royal ball to meet her Prince Charming.

The quote comes somewhere near the middle of the film. After her stepsisters destroy the gown she made for the ball. Cinderella is left alone in the house, distraught. Her fairy godmother appears and says there’s still time to get to the ball and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Not all good things come instantly. Sometimes, you have to be patient for these good things to come.

“Treat yo’ self!”

From: Parks and Recreation

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. While the show got off to a slow start, it soon gained a huge following thanks to some sharp witty humor and great characters. The show follows the Parks and Recreation department of the town of Pawnee and the misadventures they have.

The quote comes from the 4th episode of the 4th season, Pawnee Rangers. In the episode, Tom Haverford (played by Aziz Ansari) and Donna Meagle (played by Retta) reveal that, once a year, they set aside one whole day where they can splurge on themselves, hence, the quote. This actually started to be something you would see each season.

Geek wisdom: The world can be a hard place to live in. So it’s actually smart to set aside some time to pamper yourself and just do the things that make you happy to unwind.

“Ogres are like onions.”

From: The Incredibles

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Elastigirl/Helen Parr

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Dreamworks animated film Shrek, which was released in 2001. The film focuses on a ogre named Shrek who makes a deal with a lord. If Shrek succeeds in rescuing a princess, the lord will evict all of the fairytale creatures who have started living in the ogre’s swampland.

The quote comes near the start of the film. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) head off to where the princess is. Donkey asks Shrek as to why he didn’t just threaten the lord into giving him what he wants. After the ogre describes other horrible deeds stereotypically done by his kind, Shrek tells Donkey there’s more to ogres and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: People are like ogres in this sense. While it’s easy to judge a person by a first impression, always remember there’s going to be something much deeper in their personalities that may not be apparent on the outset.

“It’s not about you.”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Ancient One

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on the titular Doctor Stephen Strange who, while looking for a cure for his disabled hands, stumbles upon a monastery that teaches actual magical abilities. He then dedicates his life in learning the mystical arts.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the astral plane where his teacher, the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton) is slowly dying. They have a conversation and the Ancient One reminds Strange of his fear of failure. Strange thinks it’s what made him a great doctor but the Ancient One rebuffs him and it’s actually what has kept him from true greatness and why he’s never truly felt happiness. This is when she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We are just a small part of the world and to think the world revolves around us is silly. In order for the world to be better, we have to work together for the greater good, not just for our selfish indulgences.

“Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?”

From: Batman Beyond

Genre: Cartoons

Who said it?: Blight

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the DC Animated Universe series, Batman Beyond. The show takes place way in the future wherein Bruce Wayne has passed on the mantle to a new Batman, Terry McGinnis. With his new Batsuit, Terry fights crime in Neo-Gotham like his mentor.

The quote comes from the 13th episode of the 1st season, Ascension. Terry manages to track down the supervillain known as Blight. Terry taunts the villain and, when Blight exasperatedly asks who his hunter is, Batman hints that Blight killed his father. As he’s killed so many men in the past, Blight delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We normally think of how people would react to things based on how we would react to them. This is, of course, flawed. The way a person reacts or remembers something will be different for each and every one of us. They were raised differently so their manner of thinking is different. Even identical twins will have some very notable differences on how they would handle certain issues.

“To the edge of the universe and back. Endure and survive.”

From: The Last of Us

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ellie

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the critically acclaimed Sony PlayStation exclusive game, The Last of Us. Developed by Naughty Dog, the game follows Joel and Ellie as they traverse a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a mutant disease. Not only do they have to contend with monsters and the elements, they also have to deal with other human beings.

The quote comes some time in the middle of the game. Both Joel (played by Troy Baker) and Ellie (played by Ashley Johnson) have just gotten out of a huge battle against some human pillagers. Ellie recalls a quote from one of the characters from a comic she’s reading and tells Joel about it.

Geek wisdom: Life can be hard sometimes and it can feel overwhelming at times. These are the days when you have to grit your teeth and power through it. It’s either that or just giving up.

“I love mankind… It’s people I can’t stand!”

From: Peanuts

Genre: Comics

Who said it?: Linus Van Pelt

The story behind the quote: The quote comes the very popular Peanuts comic strip. Created by Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts featured a huge cast of characters, including the born loser Charlie Brown, the enigmatic beagle named Snoopy, the Beethoven loving Schroeder, the ever crabby Lucy Van Pelt and her brother, the security blanket carrying Linus. The last two just so happen to be the topic of today.

The quote comes from a storyline wherein Linus proclaims he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Lucy then scoffs at the idea because she believes her brother doesn’t love mankind. This is when Linus gives the quote as a retort.

I love Mankind

Geek wisdom: The idea of people and humanity as a whole is very idyllic and we want to believe we all will do things for the greater good. Unfortunately, there will always be people who will be selfish and only care for themselves. It’s easy to love humanity as a whole but there are always going to be individuals you can’t help but dislike.

“Asgard is not a place. Never was. This could be Asgard. Asgard is where our people stand.”

From: Thor: Ragnarok

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Odin

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the third Thor film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Thor as he has to escape the planet of Sakaar in order to return home to Asgard, which is about to be taken over and ruled over by Hela, the Goddess of Death.

The quote comes close to the climax of the movie. Near death, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) has a vision of his father, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins). Thor feels powerless as Hela destroyed his hammer and Hela has already taken over Asgard. This is when Odin delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Home isn’t necessary the place you live in or the place you lay your head to sleep. Home is wherever you make it to be. Home is where your family is, no matter where you are.

“Mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”

From: Inception

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Eames

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Christopher Nolan sci-fi action/heist film, Inception. The film has a group of people who invade a person’s dream to extract secrets. However, in this case, the team was hired to implant a thought into their target.

The quote comes in the middle of the film. The team is attacked by the target’s subconscious and the group is pinned down. They attempt to fight back with guns they can, as they are in a dream world, conjure from out of their imaginations. During the battle, Eames (played by Tom Hardy) pulls out a grenade launcher and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Don’t limit your imagination and always dream as big as possible.

“Rats are the lowliest and most despised of all creatures, my love. If they have a purpose, so do we.

From: The Suicide Squad (2021)

Genre: Movies, Comics

Who said it?: Ratcatcher 1

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the live-action DC comic book movie, The Suicide Squad. This is not to be confused with the film that was released in 2016. Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad serves both as a sequel and a reboot of the franchise, which sees various supervillains from DC comics recruited to serve on black ops missions for the US government.

The quote comes near the very end of the film. Overwhelmed by Starro the Conqueror’s zombie-like soldiers, Ratcatcher 2 (played by Daniela Melchior) uses her ability and summons all the city’s rats to attack the alien creature. As she does this, she remembers when she was young and asking her father, Ratcatcher 1 (played by Taika Waititi), as to why he chose to control rats. This is when he gives the quote.

Geek wisdom: Every thing in the world and in the universe has its purpose. Even the tiniest thing you might think as useless still has its uses. This is especially true for people.