From: Batman (1989)
Who said it?: Joker
The story behind the quote: This is going to be weird since I’ve actually used the clip for another piece of Geek Wisdom but it is the best way to get the quote…
The quote comes from the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton. It was a smash-hit and returned The Dark Knight to a more serious tone than what was established in the campy (but still wonderful) ’60s television series.
The quote comes from the middle of the movie, The Joker (played by Jack Nicholson) is terrorizing Vicki Vale (played by Kim Bassinger). Bruce Wayne interrupts and Bruce tries to intervene but The Joker, mildly upset that Vicki Vale was “seeing another guy,” just shoots him. The Clown Prince of Crime looks at the fallen body of Bruce Wayne and then delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: What’s yours is yours. What’s mine is mine. Don’t try to steal anything and be happy with what you have. If you aren’t, then go out and earn it rather than try to take what isn’t rightfully yours.
From: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Genre: Television and Cartoons
Who said it?: General Iroh
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Avatar: The Last Airbender, a cartoon series that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The story follows the adventures of AAng, the titular “last airbender,” to learn how to control, or “bend,” the four primal elements of air, water, earth and fire in order to become the Avatar.
The quote comes from the episode “Bitter Work.” General Iroh (voiced by Makoto “Mako” Iwamatsu), the uncle of Prince Zuko, who comes from the Fire Nation. Iroh decides to teach his nephew the art of lightning bending. Zuko is unable to learn it and gets frustrated. Iroh explains that his shame at himself is causing the anger that is stopping him from creating lightning. Zuko rebutts that he is actually still very proud. This is when Iroh delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Being too proud of oneself leads to overconfidence and can lead you to make disastrous errors. But being too prideful can also lead to not learning from those mistakes. Learn to own up to your mistakes and remember that you’re not perfect.
From: The Good Place
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.
Before you read on, I will have to mention that there are going to be MAJOR SPOILERS for the show. Even though The Good Place has been on for quite a while, the quote does involve a major twist so the SPOILER WARNING is up.
At the end of the first season, the four humans, including Eleanor (played by Kristen Bell), have to send two of them to the Bad Place. As they argue as to whom will be chosen, Eleanor comes to a realization that they can’t be sent to the Bad Place as they are already in the Bad Place!
At the very end of the first season, the architect of the world, Michael (played by Ted Danson), resets everything, including the memories of Eleanor and the rest of the humans. However, even after doing that, Eleanor still manages to figure out that they are indeed in the Bad Place over and over again.
Geek wisdom: You may not realize where you are right now. You may think that you’re doing alright but then it might suddenly hit you that you’re in a bad place in your life. The first step to changing your life for the better is always going to be recognizing that you’re in a “bad place” before you can start changing things for the better.
Who said it?: Rob Gordon
The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the book and movie High Fidelity. The book was written by Nick Hornby and published in 1995 while the movie version was released in 2000. The movie follows Rob Gordon (Rob Fleming in the book) as a record store owner who just broke up with his girlfriend.
The quotes come from the very start of the movie where we see Rob (played by John Cusack) listening to the song. As he listens, he laments that people will try to blame music for violent acts but don’t try to protect them from all the heartache and pain a lot of music lyrics profess.
Geek wisdom: We sometimes actually cause our own sadness and misery without realizing it. We lament that we are stuck in a dead-end job or are in a loveless relationship. Yet we never actually take steps to try to break free from this sadness and take control of our lives for the positive.
From: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Who said it?: Dwalin
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the final chapter of The Hobbit trilogy of movies, The Battle of the Five Armies. The Hobbit was actually the first book that preceded the Lord of the Rings trilogy and was also written by J. R. R. Tolkein. The book mostly follows the adventures of the lowly hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. However, it also chronicles the story of Thorin Oakenshield and his quest to retake his kingdom.
The quote comes during the early part of the movie. Thorin (played by Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne. However, he has also inherited the “dragon sickness” as he has become obsesses with the riches inside the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin informs his king that the dwarves are being attacked. Thorin doesn’t seem to care and just wants to hide the wealth deeper into the mountain. Dwalin laments at how Thorin has changed when he became king and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will change, for better or for worse. The problem is not the fact that people change. It’s the fact that most people cannot see that it is they who have become different and will say the world is the thing that has changed. Change is always inevitable, even when we do not realize it all the time.
Who said it?: Craig Jones
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the stoner comedy from 1995, Friday. The film follows two friends, Craig Jones (played by Ice Cube, who also wrote the film) and Smokey (played by Chris Tucker), who, in the main plot attempt to find $200 to pay off a drug dealer.
The quote comes early in the film. While Craig and Smokey are hanging out, they are approached by their neighbor, Felisha (that’s actually how it’s spelled in the credits). She is basically a mooch and tries to borrow Smokey’s car and the marijuana he’s smoking. When Smokey rebuffs her, Felisha turns to Craig. Craig, without even turning his head to face her, delivers the quote.
As mentioned before, the name of the character is actually “Felisha” and not “Felicia.” However, as the quote has become a meme with the alternative spelling, this is the “official” quote now.
Geek wisdom: It is always a good idea to cut out the negative people in your life. These are the people who will try to take advantage of your good nature and will even attempt to make you feel bad when you don’t give in to their demands. It’s much better to just say goodbye to them.
From: Death Note
Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime
Who said it?: Light Yagami
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the highly celebrated anime Death Note. The anime follows Light Yagami who discovered the Death Note, a notebook that has the power to kill anyone if you write that person’s name in it. The anime turns into a battle of wits between Light Yagami (who uses the name Kira as a serial murderer) and L, the detective assigned to finding how all these people are being murdered.
The quote comes in Episode 8 of the anime. Light discovered that L ordered that hidden cameras be placed all over his house. He orders the demon Ryuk to search for all the camera. Finding no blind spots, Light still manages to find a way to continue to write in the Death Note by writing the names with one hand while doing innocuous things like studying or… eating a potato chip.
Geek wisdom: It may be a good idea to never take things at face value. Just because something looks harmless, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something sinister hidden beneath the action. Just like Light/Kira eating a potato chip may seem like nothing, it’s actually a way to distract to what he’s actually doing.
From: Stephen King’s It, both the television miniseries and the 2017 film
Who said it?: Pennywise the Clown and Georgie
The story behind the quote: This week quote comes from Stephen King’s horror novel, It. The book was adapted a couple of times, once in a 1990 miniseries and a big blockbuster 2017 film. The quote appears in both version but said by different people… somewhat.
In the 1990 miniseries, the quote is said early on. When Georgie loses his paper boat in the sewer, Pennywise the Clown (played here by Tim Curry) shows Georgie the boat. The devilish clown entices the boy to get the boat and also informs the child that there are all sorts of things, such as balloons. When Georgie asks if they float, Pennywise grabs the boy and delivers the quote.
In the 2017 movie, the quote is said also during the early parts of the film. Georgie’s older brother, Bill, is mourning his brother’s death. One night, he hears a noise and follows it to the basement. Here, he sees Georgie. However, the boy is actually Pennywise (here played by Bill Skarsgard) and makes “Georgie” deliver the quote several times.
Geek wisdom: Just because something sounds cool, that doesn’t mean you have to ride the bandwagon. It may seem cool to “float” but it actually means something scary and frightening. Always think for yourself and not just go along with the crowd because it’s the current fad.
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.