From: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Wu Zi Mu/”Woozie”
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Grand Theft Auto series is basically an open world video game franchise more focused on performing criminal acts. This has made the game very notorious but still incredibly fun. Additionally, each game in the series has a long overarching story. In San Andreas, you play as Carl “CJ” Johnson, a young man who get roped into doing illegal activities. But he has a goal to make something of himself.
The quote comes from the middle of the game. CJ (voiced by Young Maylay) is friends with the Trial leader, Wu Zi Mu AKA “Woozie” (voiced by James Yaegashi). During the cutscene of the mission entitled Amphibious Assault, CJ gets Woozie to admit he blind (although it’s very obvious he is). Before he leaves, CJ asks Woozie if he knows he’s not Chinese. This is when Woozie delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Like with racism, sexism and ageism, do not judge a person by his disability. Even someone who’s blind can be super skilled at something you know nothing about and you may never know how good he or she can really be despite or even because of their disability.
From: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Genre: Television and Cartoons
Who said it?: General Iroh
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote is another submission from DJ Miller, who has helped us with a quote from King of the Hill, Forrest Gump and Arthur. This time, the quote comes from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The quote comes from the episode “Lake Laogai.” Zuko, disguised as the Blue Spirit, has managed to track down Aang’s flying bison, Appa, who was captured. As he reaches Appa, Zuko’s Uncle Iroh finds him and begins subsequently scolding him for not planning ahead, particularly mentioning the time when they were at the North Pole, in which he would have died had the Avatar’s friends not come along. He pleads with Zuko to look inside himself for once and find his own destiny, not the one forced on him by his father. That’s when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Destiny is something you choose for yourself and not from someone else. It’s important to know what you want inside. The best way to do so is to look inside yourself.
From: Black Panther
Who said it?: King T’Challa
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2018 Marvel superhero film, Black Panther. The movie focuses on the newly crowned King T’Challa of Wakanda. On the outside, the country of Wakanda seems like a impoverished country but, underneath it all, it’s actually a very technologically advanced nation thanks to the enormous amount of vibranium in the land. When Wakanda is threatened by outside forces, King T’Challa dons the Black Panther suit to defeat them.
The quote comes during the after credits scene. Realizing that isolating themselves when other nations are struggling is wrong, King T’Challa (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) delivers a speech to the United Nations, stating how every country and everyone in the planet must treat each other as if they were one tribe. He delivers the quote during the speech.
Geek wisdom: Especially during times of crises, all of us have to work together. It’s the only way we can get through them and fighting among ourselves is not the long lasting answer to our planet’s survival.
From: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Who said it?: Det. Jake Peralta
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the police procedural sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show follows the misadventures of the detectives of Brooklyn’s Nine-Nine Precinct. While it is a comedy, there are instances of some really brilliant writing when it comes to solving the crimes they have to tackle.
The quote comes from the 16th episode of the 1st season, The Party. In order to prevent the squad from misbehaving and acting immature at a party, their sergeant, Sgt. Terry Jeffords (played by Terry Crews), tries to direct them to act like adults. However, Amy Santiago (played by Melissa Fumero) chimes in and states that, even when she was a teen, she was always on her best behavior and always a goody two-shoes. This is when Jake Peralta (played by series creator Andy Samberg) delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the thing that you’re most proud of now can be a mark of shame later in life. So it’s always a good idea to think before you act.
Who said it?: Billy Loomis
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1996 horror/slasher film Scream. Directed by Wes Craven, Scream takes place in a sleepy town of Woodsboro. The peace of the town is broken when a serial killer named Ghostface starts killing individuals seemingly indiscriminately. This movie successfully revitalized the horror movie genre, which had been failing throughout the ’90s.
The quote comes from the climax of the film. It’s revealed that Ghostface is actually two people: Billy Loomis (played by Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (played by Matthew Lillard). The pair plan to frame the father of Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell) for the murders and go so far as to injure themselves badly to make themselves look like victims. When Sidney comments they’ve become insane from watching too many horror movies, Billy rebukes this and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s never just one thing that makes a person do seemingly crazy things. It’s usually the culmination of many different little things throughout their life that pushes them over the edge to act on these urges. We all should be looking at the underlying reason for someone’s action and not what ultimately caused them to act on them.
From: Lyle Straight
Who said it?: The Straight Story
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney film, The Straight Story. Directed by David Lynch, the film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight who, upon learning that Lyle Straight, his estranged brother, suffered a stroke, makes the long trip to visit him. However, as he has poor eyesight and in poor health, he has been denied a driver’s license. So, to circumvent this, he decides to take the arduous trip on his lawn mower.
The quote comes at the very end of the film. Alvin Straight (played by Richard Farnsworth) finally arrives at his brother’s home. His brother Lyle (played by Harry Dean Stanton) greets him on his porch. Realizing that Alvin must have used the lawn mower and how long and troublesome the trip must have taken him, Lyle tearfully delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will go through painful things for the people they love. But it doesn’t matter to them. What matters is that they’re there for their loved ones. That’s what true love is.
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.
From: Parks and Recreation
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.
From: The Incredibles
Who said it?: Shrek
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.
UPDATE: Thanks to DJ Miller for correcting who said the quote as I mistakenly posted the wrong character before.
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.
From: Doctor Strange
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.