From: Steve Jobs (2015 film)
Who said it?: Steve Jobs
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Steve Jobs, the 2015 biopic. The film is actually based on Steve Jobs’ autobiography and the screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. The film doesn’t really focus on Jobs’ entire life but mostly during the backstage events of some of his reveals.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) has been removed from Apple and has founded a new company called NeXT. Jobs is about to reveal the NeXT computer and meets with Steve Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen). Wozniak confronts Jobs about his supposed “genius” label as Jobs doesn’t actually do anything. This is when Steve Job delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Some people are just visionaries and are able to get things done, despite not having the knowledge to actually do it. These are the people that recognize others’ potential, can draw the best out of them and putting everything together to make the individual parts greater than their sum.
While these same people may seem like leeches who only use others, a lot of what we have in society wouldn’t be possible without these imaginative people.
From: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Who said it?: Santa Claus
The story behind the quote: As this is the holiday season, this week’s quote comes from the seminal Christmas film, Miracle on 34th Street, specifically, the original one that was released on 1947. The film is about a department store Santa who believes he is the real Santa Claus/Kris Kringle. Believe it or not, this film was actually released in June of that year and not during the holiday season.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Believing that Kris Kringle (played by Edmund Glenn) is delusional for thinking, Macy’s event director Doris Walker (played by Maureen O’Hara) calls him to her office to inform him that Mr. Kringle will be taking a psychological exam. Before she is able to tell Mr. Kringle, he states that he relishes being a department store Santa because it’s his chance to remind people about the true meaning of Christmas. Doris states that the holidays are still the same despite people wanting more stuff during the season. This is when Santa Claus delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Most people have forgotten that Christmas isn’t just a time, it’s actually a feeling. The feeling of spreading good cheer towards your fellow man. It’s also sad that we tend to only “feel” the Christmas spirit, the spirit of giving, during the holidays. It would be so much better if we remember this feeling, not only during this time period, but throughout the year as well.
From: Rocky V
Who said it?: Rocky Balboa
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the much maligned fifth entry in the Rocky series. Rocky V has Rocky Balboa losing all of his money and, unable to compete in boxing due to various injuries, is forced to return to his old neighborhood in Philadelphia. He attempts to train Tommy Gunn, an up and coming boxer, but an unscrupulous agents named George Washington Duke turns Gunn against Rocky.
The quote comes from the very end of the film. Rocky (played once again by Sylvester Stallone) and his son (played by his real life son, Sage) climb the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rocky reminisces that he’s always used those steps for training for fights and this is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We can sometimes go through life and simply not notice the beauty in the world because we don’t pay attention. It’s always a good idea to stop and slow down and take a moment to look around. Life may be passing you by and you might not even know it.
From: Star Wars (specifically, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Who said it?: Qui-Gon Jinn
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first of the Star Wars prequels, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The film was released in 1999 and was highly anticipated as this was George Lucas returning to the Star Wars franchise that he launched way back in 1977. However, this film, as well as the next two, were set before the original trilogy, making them prequels.
The quote comes early in the film. After Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, two Jedis Knights, escape from a Trade Federation ambush. They get separated in Naboo. As the Trade Federation tanks destroy the land, Qui-Gon runs across and saves the Gungan Jar-Jar Binks, who was just standing around instead of trying to find cover. Qui-Gon is annoyed as Jar-Jar was essentially a deer in the headlights and calls him brainless. When Jar-Jar retorts that he can’t be brainless as he knows how to speak, the Jedi Master delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Always take the time to think before you speak. A wise person will only speak when he needs to. A dumb person will just blurt out anything that comes to mind without thinking if it’s even worth talking about.
From: Jurassic Park
Who said it?: Robert Muldoon
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Jurassic Park film. Based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, the film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, is all about a theme park that’s filled with real, living dinosaurs but, prior to the park’s grand opening, things go south when the attractions get out.
The quote comes from the near the end of the film. As the power has gone out from the Park, game warden Robert Muldoon (played by Bob Peck) tries to secure the area as vicious velociraptors are on the loose. Muldoon does spot one of the velociraptors and he goes in to get a clear shot. He realizes too late that the raptor he spotted was just a decoy so another raptor can close in on him without him noticing. Seeing the raptor, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Never underestimate anything. There are times when you think victory is at hand and it’s a sure thing. But your victory can be snatched away because you failed to notice the things around you or you may actually be playing right into its hands.
From: V for Vendetta
Genre: Movies, Comics
Who said it?: V
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from V for Vendetta. This was originally a comic series written by Alan Moore and made into a feature length film of the same name. Both the comic and the movie are about V’s vengeance against a tyrannical government and Evey, a young woman who eventually joins V in his revolution.
The quote comes early in the film. V (played by Hugo Weaving) had just rescued Evey (played by Natalie Portman) from agents of the government. He brings her to his home/hideout and they discuss the bombing of a Parliment building that V claims he did. Evey asks if he’s scared because he’s now a wanted man and every one who he’s incited will also be hunted down. This is when V delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: The people can also affect change by other means, such as voting these people out or, in the worst case, depose a corrupt leadership. Even the most tyrannical governments can be toppled if enough of its citizenry fights back and these governments must be afraid if they really want to stay in power.
From: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Who said it?: Tony Stark/Iron Man
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film is essentially a reboot of the previous Spider-Man films and, although it was made by Sony Pictures, it was made by Marvel Studios in a licensing deal to allow the Wall Crawler to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oddly enough, it doesn’t come from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, though.
The quote comes fairly late in the movie. Spider-Man tries to foil an arms deal but something goes wrong and Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) has to come in and save the day. Tony tells Peter Parker/Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) that he’s taking the Spider-Man suit back. Peter pleads to his mentor/idol that he needs the suit. This is when Tony delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It shouldn’t be the suit that makes the man. It should be the man that makes the suit. It’s kind of fitting that it’s Tony Stark that tells Peter Parker this as, although he’s widely known as Iron Man, he doesn’t have to rely on that suit of armor to fight the good fight. A good person has to have a good heart, code of honor and the will to fight the good fight, not a fancy suit filled with gadgets.
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.
From: From Dusk Till Dawn
Who said it?: Seth Gecko
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the (intentionally?) campy crime/horror film From Dusk Till Dawn. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarentino, who also wrote the screenplay. The movie is about two brothers who kidnap a preacher’s family and go to a bar and… vampires show up. Really.
The quote comes from the latter part of the film. After Seth Gecko (played by George Clooney) and the other survivors of the bar manage to barricade themselves away from the vampires, the criminal tries to formulate a plan to keep the monsters at bay…
Geek wisdom: When confronted with the facts, you have to accept them as being the truth, even though you may have wholeheartedly believed in the opposite. Clinging on to the past, despite being shown proof that you are incorrect is just foolish.
From: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Who said it?: Dumbledore
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the second book and film of the Harry Potter series, The Chamber of Secrets. The plot revolves around Harry Potter and his friends’ second year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.
The quote comes during the final moments of the film and the book. Harry (played by a very young Daniel Radcliffe) had just defeated the Basilisk and Dumbledore (played by the late Richard Harris) praises the Boy Who Lived for the accomplishment. Harry, however, is troubled as he noticed that he has a lot of similarities with Tom Riddle, the boy who would become Voldemort (at least in the films). While Dumbledore agrees that the two share some traits, he does with the quote, explaining that they don’t have to be the same…
Geek wisdom: It is not our outward appearance nor the skills and talents that we have that determine what we will become. That will always be up to you. No one can tell you that you should be something just because of your appearance. It’s up to you to determine that.