“It’s not about you. It’s about them.”

From: Rango

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Spirit of the West

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from CG animated movie, Rango. The film follows the titular character as he fools an entire town by pretending to be a tough hero. The movie won in the Best Animated Feature during the 84th Academy Awards.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Rango (voiced and motion captured by Johnny Depp), in a daze, talks to the Spirit of the West (voiced by Timothy Olyphant) and stating that the things he’s done and the lies he spread seems to have made things much worse for the town. The Spirit of the West tells Rango, since the town needs a hero, he should be that hero. Rango rebuffs this and says him being in the desert was a mistake in itself but The Spirit of the West rhetorically asks if it was a mistake to be where he needed to be when the people needed him the most. That’s when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: It’s always nice to be needed. While it’s fine to be selfish once in a while, being that way all the time only benefits yourself. Sometimes, you just need to feel wanted and the only way to be that way is to give of yourself.

“If I could give you an answer to how the universe works, it wouldn’t be special.”

From: The Good Place

Genre: Televison

Who said it?: Janet

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 comes from the Season 3 finale entitled “Pandemonium.” Due to the Bad Place demon’s plan, Chidi has to be mind wiped and Eleanor now has to pretend to be the Architect of this version of the Good Place. Eleanor (played by Kristen Bell) wonders if it’s all worth it and asks Janet (played by D’Arcy Carden) to what is the meaning of life. Janet, despite knowing everything, has some experience being human and notes that the universe doesn’t really make sense but that’s part of the beauty of life. This is when she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Life has many ups and downs and, at times, things can feel too chaotic. However, it’s these peaks and valleys we experience that makes life worth living. We have to enjoy the highs and persevere through the lows. It is through all of these experiences that makes life worth living.

“Well, that’s just lazy writing.”

From: Deadpool

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Deadpool/Wade Wilson

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the second Deadpool film, which was released in 2018. Deadpool is Wade Wilson,a Marvel anti-hero noted for being one of the funniest comic book characters ever created. Most of the humor is derived from the fact that he knows he’s in a comic book and he breaks the fourth wall often because of it.

The quote in the middle of the film, Cable (played by Josh Brolin) goes to Deadpool/Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds) and asks for his help in order to stop Russell before he makes his first kill. Deadpool then asks Cable, since he’s a time traveler, why doesn’t he just go back further in time and stop Russell when he was a baby. Cable then explains that the further you go back in time, the more difficult it gets to control. Also, he only has one charge left and he’s saving it to get back to his present. This is when Deadpool turns to the camera and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom:  If you don’t put in the required effort, you can bet there will be someone to call you out for it. If you want the best, you have to put out the best yourself.

“…I hope you will think like a mad genius.”

From: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Genre: Television and Cartoons

Who said it?: King Bumi

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 the first season episode entitled “The King of Omashu.” Aang and his friends travel to the town of Omashu. They accidentally cause some property damage when Aang relives a past experience he had with his friend Bumi. They are arrested and the King of Omashu declares Aang should go through several trials to prove his worthiness of being the Avatar. During the third and final trial, the King asks Aang to guess what his name is. Aang figures out the King is Bumi, his old friend. King Bumi acknowledges Aang will have to go through a lot to even get to a point he’s able to face the Fire Lord. However, when he does, he hopes he’s ready and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, thinking out of the box is a good idea. Not going with other people’s ideas and coming up with your own might me much more creative than anyone else can think up.

“It always fits… eventually.”

From: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Genre: Movies and Cartoons

Who said it?: Stan Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2018 animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film takes place in a different “universe” and follows Miles Morales, a young pre-teen who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and gains spider-like powers. This universe’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man dies attempting to prevent the multiverse’s destruction and the cataclysm accidentally brings in different Spider-themed heroes into Miles’ universe.

The quote comes right after Spider-man’s/Peter Parker’s death. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) buys a Spider-Man costume in tribute to the hero. He asks the store owner, who just so happens to be Stan Lee, if he can return it if the size is wrong. This is when Stan Lee delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Being great isn’t always instantaneous. You generally have to work on it.

“My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.”

From: Enter the Dragon

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1973 martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon, starring martial arts superstar and Jeet Kune Do master, Bruce Lee. Enter the Dragon was the legendary Bruce Lee’s last film that he was able to complete. It is widely known to be one of the best martial arts movies ever made.

The quote comes relatively early in the film. On the way to the tournament, a man tries to intimidate Lee (played by Bruce Lee) and tries to goad him into a fight by asking him about his fighting style. Lee then delivers the quote.

Even after spurning the threats, the man still wants to fight Lee. Lee then says they have to go to an island to fight. The man then enters the boat but, instead of joining him on it, Lee releases the boat and leaves the man adrift, essentially beating him without throwing a single punch.

Geek wisdom: Most of the time, the best way to overcome something is not with brute force, but with using your brain.

“This is a moment. A moment to repeat the mistakes of the past. Or to work together for a better future.”

From: X-2: X-Men United

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Charles Xavier

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2003 Marvel superhero movie, X-2: X-Men United. The plot revolves around a government operative named William Stryker and his plans to hunt and incarcerate all mutants of the world by kidnapping Charles Xavier, leader of the X-Men, and using his mutant abilities to kill all mutants in the world. This leads the X-Men to attempt to rescue their mentor.

The quote comes from the end of the film. The President of the United States is about to give a speech about how all mutants are a threat. Before he does, Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Steward) hands the President files proving that Stryker orchestrated the events of the film. Xavier, in the hopes the President will change his mind, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We all never forget about the atrocities of the past but we must also recognize them as mistakes we have made. It is only then when we can learn from them and work together to move on to a better tomorrow.

“Don’t watch the mouth. Watch the hands.”

From: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Genre: Movies and Cartoons

Who said it?: Peter B. Parker and Miles Morales

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2018 animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film takes place in a different “universe” and follows Miles Morales, a young pre-teen who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and gains spider-like powers. This universe’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man dies attempting to prevent the multiverse’s destruction and the cataclysm accidentally brings in different Spider-themed heroes into Miles’ universe.

The quote is said a couple of times during the film. The first time this happens is when Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) meets and captures Peter B. Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson), a Spider-Man from a different universe. This Peter Parker distracts Miles by talking to him long enough to get free. This is when he delivers the quote.

The second time it’s said is near the climax of the film. Peter B. Parker says he’ll stay behind to stop the device as he has the item needed to deactivate it. It turns out Miles manages to pickpocket him and steal the item. This is when Miles says the quote to Peter B. Parker.

Geek wisdom: Always look at the entire picture and don’t get too distracted by the other things around us. Try to focus on the important things around you.

“Thanks for the adventure – now go get a new one.”

From: Ellie 

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: Up

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote was suggested by our good friend, DJ Miller. He has contributed several quotes from Regular Show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, King of the Hill, Forrest Gump and Arthur. This go around, his submission is from the Disney computer animated film Up, which is all about an old widower named Carl Fredricksen who decides to keep his promise to his deceased adventure loving wife, Ellie and take a trip to Paradise Falls… by flying his entire house to the location using balloons. In the process, he accidentally takes a young boy named Russell along for the ride.

The quote comes near the end of the movie. After deciding not to help Russell rescue an endangered bird, Carl (voiced by the late Ed Asner) returns home, thinking he’s fulfilled his promise to Ellie. He inserts a photo of Paradise Falls in Ellie’s adventure scrapbook and gets to the section entitled “Stuff I’m Going To Do.” Thinking that the pages will simply be blank, Carl goes to shut it but is surprised when he notices a bit of picture on the next page: the pages are not empty. They are filled with pictures of Carl and Ellie’s life together. The final photo is of them, elderly and in their chairs. Below, in the corner, is shown where the quote Ellie writes the delivered quote.

Geek wisdom: The end of peoples’ lives is a new chapter for their friends or loved ones as long as we try to keep their memories alive. It’s hard to move on with our lives. But as long as we have people that love and care about us, we can get through anything.

“Some people are worth melting for.”

From: Frozen

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: Olaf

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2013 Disney CGI animated film, Frozen. Based on the Snow Queen fairy tale, Elsa, who has the ability to create ice, run away during her coronation as she accidentally revealed her powers to the kingdom. Anna, her sister, rushes out to find her sister.

The quote comes just before the final act of the movie. Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) is locked in a room and, with her heart accidentally frozen by Elsa earlier, is slowly dying. It’s revealed that only an act of true love can reverse the spell. Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad), a magical snowman and sidekick, decided to stay with Anna despite the odds of him melting in the heated room. After hearing the worried cries of Anna, Olaf delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: When you truly love someone, even the most painful sacrifices feel worth it.