Who said it?: Josh Baskin
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1988 fantasy comedy movie Big. The film has been ingrained in popular culture because of the walking piano and the Zoltar wishing machine that were featured in the movie. The film stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskins, a 12-year old boy who wishes to become big.
The quote comes early in the film. Josh Baskins, after being told he’s too small to go on one of the carnival rides, encounters a Zoltar wishing machine. He inserts a coin and, when the Zoltar machine prompts him, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: If you’re a kid, don’t be in a rush to grow up. In the movie, the adult Josh Baskins (played by Tom Hanks) is overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being an adult. While you may think being older is all great, there are other aspects, such as working for a living and budgeting your time and money, that you don’t have to think of when your young. So enjoy your time being a kid while you can.
From: Plan 9 from Outer Space
Who said it?: Eros
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space. Although heralded for being one of the worst films when it came out in 1959, it has since become a cult classic and one of those “so bad, it’s good” kinds of movies. It also brought Ed Wood to the limelight.
The quote comes near the end of the film. The aliens have taken some humans and Eros (played by Dudley Manlove) explains that their reason for bringing the dead back to life. It was meant to be a warning that the humans are close to creating a device that can explode sun molecules. If this happens, the entire universe will explode in a disastrous chain reaction. When one of the humans exclaims that they will be stronger with its creation, Eros realizes that the humans are too immature and delivers the quote in frustration.
Geek wisdom: There are going to be people who will be too stubborn to want help. It may be a friend who is destroying his health from too many vices or a family member who is spending too much than they can earn. These people will say that they aren’t doing anything wrong and, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can really do. You can really only help someone when they realize they need help.
From: Avengers: Endgame
Who said it?: Tony Stark and Morgan Stark
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame. The film has received both critical and financial success and has surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing films of all time.
The quote comes near the start and the end of the movie. The first time it’s uttered, Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey) is tucking in his daughter, Morgan Stark, in bed. Tony says that he loves her a lot and Morgan delivers the quote to her dad.
The quote is said once more by a recording of Tony Stark during his wake. In a holographic recording to both Pepper Pots (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) and Morgan, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We may think we have all the time in the world but we don’t know when life may just suddenly be cut short. So never forget to tell the people you care about how you feel.
From: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Who said it?: Mr. Ollivander
The story behind the quote: This week, I’m giving two quotes in one post since they do come pretty much from the same clip. The quotes come from the Harry Potter series. Specifically, it comes from the first book/movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The books are all about Harry Potter discovering that he is a wizard and his adventure to battle against “He Who Shall Not Be Named” Voldemont.
The quote comes early in both the book and the movie. Harry Potter (played by a very young Daniel Radcliffe) visits visits the shop of the renowned wandmaker, Ollivander’s. Harry meets the Garrick Ollivander (played by John Hurt) and tries out different wants. Mr. Ollivander finally gives a specific wand to Harry and it seems to both with the young boy. The old shopkeeper then regales Harry with the history of the wand he’s holding as well as how weird that he bonded with that specific wand. This is when the quotes are given.
Geek wisdom: Since there are two quotes, there are two pieces of Geek Wisdom we can pull from them.
For “the wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter,” there is a certain thing called destiny and fate. Sometimes, things are just meant to happen. Rather than fight it, it’s better to accept it and deal with whatever consequences there might be.
For “we do not speak his name,” that’s partially because the wizard world is afraid to think of that time of history when Voldemont terrorized them. This is a mistake as, if we do not openly talk about the terrible things done in the past, we cannot learn from them. We have to be brave to let the dark past out in the open so we can make sure these events do not happen again.
From: Rick and Morty
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Morty Smith
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the absurdist comedy sci-fi animated show, Rick and Morty on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. It follows the adventures of Rick Sanchez, the smartest person(s) in the multi-verse and his grandson and hapless companion, Morty Smith.
The quote comes from the second season episode “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate.” While there is a story where Jerry Smith is brought to an intergalactic hospital, it’s mainly an excuse for Rick to watch some disconnected bits on his Interdimensional Cable box (and mostly for Justin Roiland to do some improv). One of the bits is a “How It’s Made” episode where it’s shown how a Plumbus is assembled. After the episode ends, Rick delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Even a man as intelligent and as learned as Rick Sanchez doesn’t know everything. He does realize that, even if he is the smartest man in the multi-verse, he can still learn new things. We are also the same way; we can always be open to learning something new each and every chance we get.
From: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Who said it?: Indiana Jones
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is the film that launched a franchise, which not included a series of movies, but a live-action television series as well as various video games. The film introduces the series’ protagonist, archeologist and professor Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, as he hunts for the Biblical Ark of the Covenant.
The quote comes from the the middle of the film. Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) finds the location of the Well of Souls, the place where the Ark of the Covenant is supposed to be hidden. When his partner Sallah (played by John Rhys-Davies) comments that he thinks the floor is moving, Indy drops a torch in the Well of Souls and discovers that the room is full of snakes. While Indy can usually brave anything, he does have a thing for snakes…
Geek wisdom: Although Indiana Jones has a phobia of snakes, he still did jump down to try to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. That’s what true bravery is. Being brave isn’t not being scared of anything. True bravery is facing your fear and powering through, even if every fiber of your being is telling you to run away.
From: Star Trek
Who said it?: Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy… but most doctors in Star Trek
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Star Trek. Oddly enough, it comes from most of the Star Trek television shows. The quote is generally mostly associated to the first Enterprise doctor, Dr. Leonard “Bones’ McCoy. However, the same quote has been uttered by several other doctors, including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julian Bashir of Deep Space Nine and The Doctor, a holographic program on the USS Voyager.
The quote is still generally connected to Dr. Bones McCoy (who was played by DeForrest Kelley) from the original Star Trek series. It was his gruff means of expressing frustration when he was given tasks other than his role as Chief Medical Officer on the USS Enterprise.
This line has become a sort of catch phrase and, to pay homage to it, numerous doctors from within the Star Trek series has said some manner of the quote…
Geek wisdom: Although Bones and the other doctors in Star Trek have usually used this quote to express displeasure on taking on a different role, that doesn’t mean that they don’t do it. They may do so begrudgingly but they still do what is asked.
You should do the same. Never pigeonhole yourself in a specific role because you can do so much more.
From: Star Wars (specifically Episode IV)
Who said it?: Obi-Wan Kenobi
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from, what else, Star Wars. Specifically, it comes from Episode IV, the first film in the film franchise. Honestly, do I even have to tell you what Star Wars is now?
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Luke Skywalker is performing lightsaber training but fails. Obi-Wan Kenobi tells him that he’s relying too much on his eyes and should just give in to the Force. The old Jedi Master puts a helmet on Luke to cover his eyes. When he successfully deflects the laser blasts from the drone, Han Solo, who had been watching the entire event, calls it luck. This is when Obi-Wan delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: There is indeed randomness in the world, both good and bad. Events will happen without notice and all of a sudden. It’s what we do with these moments that will determine our “luck” though. Do we take them as opportunities or as hurdles?
We make our own luck most of the time.
Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings trilogy
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, both the books and the movies. The Lord of the Rings is a follow up to JRR Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit. In The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins finds The One Ring in the possession of his uncle, Bilbo Baggins. What follows is a quest to go to Mordor to destroy The One Ring.
The quote comes sporadically from each book and film and is most notable from coming from Gollum, who lost the ring to Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. As the One Ring has already corrupted Gollum, the “creature” lusts for the ring, calling it by the quote.
Later, in Return of the King (the film version), Gollum’s past is expanded on and it is revealed that he was an ordinary Hobbit named Smeagol. But, when he and his cousin accidentally find the ring, he is almost instantly corrupted by its power.
Geek wisdom: We all have some material object that we love and cherish. However, we should not let this love change us and forget that the object that we find precious is just that: a material object. We shouldn’t let our obsession change us for the worse.
From: God of War (2018)
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Kratos
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Sony PlayStation exclusive game, God of War. The game is both a sequel and a reboot of sorts to the original games of the series. This time around, Kratos leads Atreus, his son, to go to the highest peak of the land to scatter his dead wife’s ashes. This leads them to an epic quest to traverse the land of Midgard to complete her final wish.
The quote itself comes early in the game. Kratos (voiced by Christopher Judge) decides to teach Atreus (voiced by Sunny Suljic) how to hunt and fight. Atreus tracks a deer but impulsively shoots his arrow, leading him to miss. Kratos scolds Atreus and his son apologizes. This is when the former God of War delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s important to know what your current limitations are and you should never apologize if you’re just not up to snuff just yet. But this doesn’t excuse you if you never strive to better yourself. You have to keep improving.