“Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling. It’s all the same.”

From: The Witcher

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Geralt of Rivia

The story behind the quote: This week, we have a trifecta as the quote comes from a book, a television series from Netflix and a video game series made by CD Projekt Red. All of these sources are based on The Witcher series, which are written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The book follows Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher, a man who has magical abilities who can defeat magical monsters.

The quote comes from several sources. The original quote came from the book, The Last Wish, which is a compilation of short stories. Geralt gives the quote when asked to kill Renfri. The Netflix television series generally tells the same tale and Geralt (played by Henry Cavill) also delivers the quote during the first episode, The End’s Beginning.

The quote is also said by Geralt in The Witcher video game series of CD Projekt Red. However, it is told in a trailer for the game. The trailer features Geralt returns to collect a bounty on a monster. When he notices that the same people who paid him for the hunt are about to hang a “witch,” he decides to fight back but not before delivering the quote in his mind.

Geek wisdom: We like to justify our bad actions by thinking it’s not as bad as the alternative. But, ultimately, it is a justification. As the quote says, evil is evil and that’s the way it is, no matter how you spin it.

“You are all the things that are wrong with you. It’s not the alcohol, or the drugs, or any of the shitty things that happened to you in your career, or when you were a kid. It’s you.”

From: BoJack Horseman

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Todd Chavez

The story behind the quote: I would first like to give credit to Aden Batool for turning me to this quote. While I couldn’t really use the bit of GeekWisdom given, the quote itself does need to be talked about.

The quote comes from the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. The show follows the titular character, a washed up horse actor. While generally a good person, his self-destructive nature (thanks to him becoming jaded to world of show business) usually brings him at odds with the people around him.

The quote comes from the episode entitled “It’s You.” BoJack Horseman (played by Will Arnett) is nominated for an Oscar and Todd Chavez (played by Aaron Paul), who helped BoJack get the mention, returns home to BoJack’s home. BoJack berates Todd and accidentally reveals he slept with Emily, whom Todd has romantic feelings for. BoJack tries to apologize but Todd, who’s had enough, tells that he can’t keep on doing this kind of thing. He then points out that BoJack did this to himself, delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: You can’t keep blaming other people or things for your situation, especially when you have direct control over the outcome. Your actions are still your own and blaming your past isn’t the way to go. You can acknowledge your past but that only means that you should work harder to overcome that past.

“I have spoken.”

From: The Mandalorian

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Kuill

The story behind the quote: For such a short series, The Mandalorian already has a couple of good quotes worth mentioning! This week’s quote comes from the Disney+ exclusive series set in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian follows the titular character (portrayed by Pedro Pascal) throughout the galaxy with a young child of Yoda species, who fans have dubbed Baby Yoda.

The quote is given by a character named Kuill (played by Nick Nolte). The character becomes an acquaintance of the Mandalorian and, whenever he proclaims something that will be done, he delivers the quote to punctuate it.

Geek wisdom: When you say you will do something, you have to stand by it and follow through.

“Not a robot” and “Not a girl”

From: The Good Place

Genre: Televison

Who said it?: Eleanor Shellstrop

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the NBC comedy series, The Good Place. The show focuses on four humans who have died and are now supposedly spending eternity in The Good Place. One of the people, Eleanor Shellstrop, apparently isn’t supposed to be there as she was a bad person while she was alive. The first season then focuses on her journey to be a person worthy of being in The Good Place in order to avoid being sent to The Bad Place.

The quote is actually kind of a catchphrase for one of the characters of the show. The quote is delivered by Janet (played by D’Arcy Carden), who acts like a sort of helper for the residents of The Good Place. As she generally has the features of a female and also acts like a machine, some people call her those things. Usually, Janet will correct them with either quote.

Unfortunately, I cannot really find a video clip of her saying the quotes but there is a GIF that does illustrate her saying this.

 

Geek wisdom: You should be the one that defines yourself, not others. People will think of you as supposed to be behaving a certain way because of your age, race or gender. But you are the one in control of your life and it is you who run it, not them.

“I’m looking for sailors.”

From: Shenmue

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Ryo Hazuki

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Sega Dreamcast game, Shenmue. Created by Yu Suzuki, the game is one of, if not, the first open world game. You control a young martial artist named Ryo Hazuki. He is searching for Lan Di, the man who murdered his father. The game has spawned, as of this writing, three sequels, with the latest game, Shenmue III, only coming out in 2019, 20 whole years after the first game came out.

The quote isn’t an exact quote but it has become a meme of sorts. At one point of the quest, Ryu (voiced by Corey Marshall) has to find a certain group of sailors in order to continue with his quest. One of the amazing things about Shenmue is that you can talk with practically everyone and Ryo will ask a question pertaining to that quest. Unfortunately, it does sound silly as he just asks the question without any real context…

Geek wisdom: While it may seem silly to others, it may be best to ask questions and request for help when you need it. Some people may react disagreeably but, if you do need assistance, it much better than just walking around blindly.

“To win, one has to lose!” AND “The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.”

From: Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu)

Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime

Who said it?: Koro-sensei

The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the manga/anime series Ansatsu Kyoshitsu AKA Assassination Classroom for Western audiences. It tells the story of a being who claims will destroy the Earth unless he is killed before the end of the year. He does give the planet a sporting chance as the being becomes a teacher for a classroom. Now named Koro-sensei, he now teaches the class of 3-E not only most regular subjects, but the art of assassination as well.

The quotes come from the 16th episode of the 1st season. Karma, one of Koro-sensei’s student fails to get better grades than his rival in class 3-A. Karma is devastated as he is actually incredibly talented in everything he does. This does not stop Koro-sensei from making fun of him because of his laziness. Tadaomi Karasuma, an agent assigned to observe Koro-sensei, asked the creature if it was wise to do that, especially since Karma was already despondent. Koro-sensei replies that it was as Karma has to experience losing as well as winning in order to get better. This is when he delivers the quotes.

Geek wisdom: Failure can always be a bitter pill to swallow. However, failure can be beneficial as you can learn from them. The only way to get better at something is to keep at it and keep bettering yourself. The only time losing is bad is when you don’t learn anything from it.

“This is the way.”

From: The Mandalorian

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Mandalorian and other Mandalorians

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian is a series made by Disney and is set in the Star Wars universe. The series focuses on a bounty hunter who belongs to the Mandalorian race and his adventures throughout the galaxy.

The quote is uttered several times but it is first said during the third episode, The Sin. The titular Mandalorian returns to his Covert with a horde of Beskar steel, payment for the bounty of The Child (AKA Baby Yoda). While The Armorer uses most of the Beskar steel to reinforce his current armor, the Mandalorian requests that some be left over for “the foundlings,” the orphans of war. The Armorer agrees as the foundlings are the future. This is when she, as well as the other Mandalorians, say the quote.

Geek wisdom: A person has to stand for something in his life. It has to be something he strongly believes in and, even in times of strife, he or she must stand by that central core belief.

“A strong man doesn’t need to read the future. He makes his own.”

From: Metal Gear Solid 

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Solid Snake

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the PlayStation game, Metal Gear Solid. The game was a big hit for Konami and put Hideo Kojima on the map as one of the best game producers and directors. The game was also remade as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for the Nintendo Gamecube. The game follows Solid Snake as he attempts to stop FOXHOUND, a rogue special unit and their attempt to steal Metal Gear REX, a bipedal tank with nuclear launch capability.

The quote comes from the middle of the game, after the battle with Psycho Mantis. One of the tricks to beat the boss is to connect the controller into another port, which stops Psycho Mantis from “reading” your inputs. Mantis laments that he wasn’t able to see the future this time around. Solid Snake (voiced by David Hayter) then delivers the quote.

Note: the clip above does come from the Gamecube version, The Twin Snakes.

Geek wisdom: We have no idea what our future holds. But our future isn’t written. We can control our destiny as long as we are willing to put the effort.

“I know what I have to do. But I don’t know if I have the strength to do it.”

From: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Kylo Ren/Ben Solo

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote initially comes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the first entry in the latest trilogy of the franchise.

The quote comes from near the end of the film. Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) confronts his son Ben Solo (played by Adam Driver), who has adopted the Sith moniker Kylo Ren. Han pleads with his son to come back to him. Ben/Kylo is hesitant because he is unsure of what to do. He delivers the quote before stabbing his own father.

Later on, in The Rise of Skywalker, the concluding film to this trilogy, there is a scene that does mirror the events. This time, it has Han Solo returning as a memory of Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren then says the exact same line before choosing to shun the Dark Side.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the thing that is right for you may be the hardest thing to do. It will take great courage and strength to follow your heart because there are going to be consequences to your actions. But if it’s the right thing to do for yourself, then it’s the right thing.

“…But you’re still hungry.”

From: Chrono Trigger

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Narrator

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Squaresoft very successful JRPG Chrono Trigger. The game follows Chrono and his band of time travelling adventurers in the hopes of defeating Lavos, an alien being who causes a cataclysmic event in 1999. Chrono and his friends travel throughout time to find a way to defeat Lavos before this happens.

The quote is mentioned in the future, specifically the year 2300. The planet has been devastated by Lavos. The party do find the remnants of civilization and a chamber called the Enertron, which can restore the party’s health and magic but does not satisfy their other needs…

Geek wisdom: While the Enertron will fill up the party’s life and magic points, it still does not make them not feel the negative effects of starvation. This just means that, while they will live, there is still the pain of not being satisfied. There is more to life than just surviving. Truly living life is enjoying life.