From: Jud Crandall
Who said it?: Pet Sematary (both films and the book)
The story behind the quote: This week quote comes from Pet Sematary, one of Stephen King’s most popular horror novels. The book was adapted into film twice, once in 1989 and another two decades later, in 2019. The book and the films focus Louis Creed, a man who learns about a mysterious plot of land just beyond the pet cemetery where, if you bury something that died in that area, will come back to life… but not in the way you remember it.
In each iteration, the quote is given by Jud Crandall, a longtime resident of the area, while he tells a story about something that was buried in the so-called Pet Sematary. In the first film, the character is played by Fred Gwynne and he tells the story of a man named Timmy Baterman who died during World War II. Timmy’s father buried him in the Pet Sematary and the boy came back to life but he didn’t come back as a normal human being.
In the 2019 movie, Jud Crandall (now played by John Lithgow) explains that he thought that Louis Creed’s cat would not come back as evil as the other creatures that were buried in the Pet Sematary.
Geek wisdom: It may be painful to let go but, ultimately, it’s best that you do. You can hold on to the memories but you ultimately cannot let things control your future. You will have to accept the way things are.
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.
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.
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.
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: Jaime Lanniser
Who said it?: Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice
The story behind the quote: Since the HBO series Game of Thrones just ended, I decided to punctuate its closure with a quote from the series. Game of Thrones is based on the book series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. It is a fantasy series filler with political intrigue all about different warring families trying to win the Iron Throne.
The quote actually comes from the first episode of the HBO series. Jaime Lanniser and his twin sister Cirsei Lanniser are having sex in a tower when Bran Stark accidentally sees them in the act while climbing the tower. Jaime catches the boy spying on them before he slips and falls off the tower. When Cirsei yells that the boy saw them, Jaime asks Bram his age. Jaime then looks at Cirsei and realizing that Bram can ruin them, delivers the quote before pushing him off the tower.
Geek wisdom: While what Jaime did can be said to be a truly despicable act, he did it to ensure that his loved ones will be safe. And people do actually do terrible things in the name of love. He had to do that distasteful thing to help the people he loves, even if his reputation will be in tatters afterwards. But, since what he did was for the benefit of the people around him, he was willing to do it, reputation be damned.
Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the final chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was written by JRR Tolkien and was successfully adapted to the big screen by Peter Jackson.
The quote comes near the end of both the film and the book. The party had completed their quest to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen), the rightful heir of Isildur and is crowned the first High King of the Reunited Kingdom. After his coronation ceremony, Aragorn walks over to the hobbits Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin, who all were more than instrumental in the group’s quest. The four hobbits bow to Aragorn. This is when the new High King delivers the quote before bowing to the four.
Geek wisdom: Even if you’ve elevated to a higher place, never forget your friends. They are the ones who helped you get to where you are and you would not be in your position if it weren’t for them. Always acknowledge them.
From: The Fault in Our Stars
Who said it?: Augustus Waters
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from The Fault in Our Stars. The book was written by John Green and it was adapted into a feature film in 2014. The film is about Hazel Grace Lancaster (played by Shailene Woodley), a terminally ill cancer patient who falls in love with Augustus Waters (played by Ansel Elgort), a bone cancer survivor and amputee.
The quote comes fairly early in the film. Hazel is attracted to Agustus and the feeling is mutual. However, as she knows she’s going to die because of the cancer, she tries to keep him at arms distance because she doesn’t want him to feel depressed when she eventually passes. This is when Augustus delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Falling in love and being with that person is taking risk since there is no guarantee the love you feel now will last forever. But the feeling of being with the person you love, even if it’s just for a little while, is worth it.
From: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Who said it?: Rubeus Hagrid
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes way back from the first Harry Potter book and film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The book and film series follows the adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard in training who is known for being the child to have survived an attack from Lord Voldermont.
The quote comes very early from both the book and the movie. In fact, from the first scene of the movie. Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliff) has been living with his uncle and aunt since the passing of his parents. His new guardians generally treat him like dirt until Hagrid, a giant, comes to their home and tells Harry that he’s been admitted to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because of his heritage, even though Harry can’t believe it because of what he’s been told by his uncle and aunt his whole life.
Geek wisdom: We all have potential in ourselves to be something different from what we are. While other people, much like Harry’s uncle and aunt will try to prevent you from being something great and even try to keep you down, you always have to strive to be better because we all can be wizards in our own right.