“So, professor, would you say it’s time for everyone to panic?”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Kent Brockman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the longest running animated series in the United States, The Simpsons. And, with the current situation affecting the world thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a rather apt quote.

The quote comes from the 11th episode of the 5th season of The Simpsons. The episode is entitled Homer the Vigilante, wherein a spree of cat burglaries occur in the town of Springfield. Kent Brockman (voiced by Harry Shearer) who quickly heighten the fears the citizens of the town by insinuating that the cat burglaries will escalate into mass murders. He then turns to a professor and delivers the quote, to which the professor agrees.

Later, when the entire population is hunting down a mysterious treasure, Kent Brockman then escalates the issue again.

Geek wisdom: In times of crisis, it’s always best to try to keep a cool head. If you panic, you will be prone to do more unsafe and even dangerous actions that may do more harm than good. This goes for everyone, especially for the citizens and the people who are supposed to protect them.

“Sometimes life’s a bitch and then you keep living.”

From: BoJack Horseman

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Diane Nguyen

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix animated series, Bojack Horseman. The show is all about the titular character (voiced by Will Arnett), a washed up actor who is trying to make his big comeback to superstardom.

The quote comes from the very last episode of the series, Nice While It Lasted. Bojack Horseman and his ghostwriter and close friend, Diane Nguyen (voiced by Alison Brie), are on a rooftop contemplating on the fact that they may not see each other again. Bojack says that life is terrible then we die. Diane, in reply, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Life can be hard and there are always going to be difficult times. Real life doesn’t always have happy stories to tell all the time. But that doesn’t mean you just have to give up in life. That’s because life will always go on.

“If you want some quality friends, you gotta wade through all the dicks first.”

From: South Park

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Eric Cartman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Comedy Central animated show, South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show focuses on four kids, Kenny, Kyle, Stan and Eric Cartman, who live in the town of South Park. The show mainly makes fun of the absurdity of life as well as how absurd life can be.

The quote comes from the episode “You Have 0 Friends.” Kyle’s Facebook friends are un-friending him because he friended a kid name Kip Drodry. Cartman suggests dropping him so his friends will return. When Kyle disagrees with the plan, the two go on Chatroulette to try to make new friends online. However, they keep on being matched with people showing their penises. Kyle wants to quit but Cartman says they have to keep going before delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: In a way, what Cartman said is true. You are going to meet a lot of people in the world (or on Facebook) but not everyone is going to be nice nor will you want to be their friend. However, this is the only way to make friends. You have to get out there and meet people.

Sure, you will meet terrible people but you will also meet some wonderful people you will want to be friends with.

“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.

“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.

“You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him.”

From: Finding Nemo

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: Dory

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney/Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo. Released in 2003, the film follows a clownfish named Marlin and a forgetful regal blue tang named Dory as they search for Marlin’s son, Nemo.

The quote comes sometime in Act 2. Marlin (played by Albert Brooks) and Dory (played by Ellen Degeneres) are swallowed by a whale. Marlin is distraught as he promised to Nemo that he wouldn’t let anything happen to him and now he himself is trapped. Dory does think this is a weird thing to promise to someone, especially a child…

Geek wisdom: Parents will instinctively try to protect their children from harm. However, by doing this, they may be preventing them from learning from life’s greatest teacher: experience. Children will need to experience rejection and failure and, while it is painful, they will learn and adapt from the experience, making them stronger. Parents should never overprotect their children and let them experience life.

“Don’t think about it!”

From: Rick and Morty

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Rick Sanchez

The story behind the quote: With a new season of Rick and Morty on the horizon, it seems like a good idea to put up one of the quotes from this hit Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show.

The quote actually pops up in the very first episode of the first season of the show. While being chased by intergalactic customs, Morty Smith inhales a gas which makes him cough up a living being that quickly goes from infancy to old age before dying. Rick Sanchez quickly tells Morty the quote.

The quote is then given once again in the episode Rick Potion No. 9. After escaping their reality where everyone has turned into “Cronenbergs” and replacing their doppelgangers in a different universe, Morty is horrified that they’re not doing anything to fix their world. Rick then asks him about the universe where Hitler cures cancer. Then he gives the quote.

Geek wisdom: The world and the universe is incredibly complicated and full of unknowns. You might want to dwell on your mistakes or what-could-have-been. But it’s much better to focus on what’s happening now and not think about the other possibilities.

“Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source.”

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.

“I’ll take a potato chip… and eat it!”

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.

“I always wondered how Plumbuses got made.”

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.