From: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Who said it?: The Black Knight
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The film takes, shall we say, “liberties” with the legend of King Arthur but the story is fairly the same: King Arthur travels the entire country of Britain to recruit knights to his kingdom and eventually sets upon his quest to find the Holy Grail.
The quote comes fairly early in the film. As King Arthur (played by Graham Chapman) is in search for knights, he runs across the Black Knight (played by John Cleese). Arthur tries to recruit the Black Knight and, when he refuses, tries to cross the (really short) bridge. The Black Knight does not allow passage and the two fight. Arthur does get the better of the Black Knight by cutting off his limbs. However, despite losing his arms and legs slowly, the Black Knight refuses to yield and this is when he delivers the quotes.
Geek wisdom: Some people don’t know when to give up. Sometimes, it’s pride that keeps them going but they simply don’t look at the facts and stubbornly refuse to give up even when it will be their downfall.
It’s always better to know when to give before something even worse than failure happens.
Who said it?: Jane Lane
The story behind the quote: This week, we’re getting another quote from the MTV animated television show, Daria. But instead of getting the quote from Daria herself, we’re getting a quote from her best friend, Jane Lane.
The quote comes from the very first episodes, entitled “Esteemers.” In the episode, Daria and her family had just moved to the town of Lawndale and, thanks to a psychological test she had to take, Daria is ordered to take Self-Esteem class. Here, she meets a kindred spirit in Jane Lane, another student who has the same cynical attitude as her.
While walking home from school, Jane mentions to Daria that she has actually taken the psych test several times and knows all the answers. When pressed as to why she still fails it intentionally, she delivers the quote.
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Geek wisdom: We always focus on what makes us different as a negative. But we forget that it’s what makes us different that makes us unique. All the little flaws we have is actually what makes you the person who you are. Try not to think of our differences as something bad. Instead, think of them as what makes “you” you.
From: Star Wars, specifically Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Who said it?: Obi-Wan Kenobi
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Star Wars series. More specifically, it comes from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the final chapter of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
The quote comes near the climax of the film. Anakin Skywalker (played by Hayden Christensen) is confronted by Padme Amidala (played by Natalie Portman). He sees Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan MacGregor) and thinks that Padme has betrayed him and starts Force choking her. As Anakin rants that, by conquering the galaxy, he has brought peace to it. Anakin then tells Obi-Wan that, if his former mentor isn’t for his side, then he must kill him. This is when Obi-Wan delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We live in the world where most people actually do believe in absolutes and partisan views. A lot of people do think that the world is black and white. Their thoughts are the only good things now and any other point of view that differs from what they’re thinking is wrong and must then be evil. But we don’t live in a world of black and white. The Sith basically believe that anything else other than how they view the universe must be snuffed out as there is no room for negotiation.
While we’re on this, Obi-Wan’s statement may seem hypocritical but it really isn’t based on the circumstances. Obi-Wan is only fights back once he realizes that Anakin isn’t willing to negotiate or talk things through. He has no choice in the matter. On the other hand, Anakin does have a choice to discuss his point of view with Obi-Wan or to simply agree to disagree. But he cannot as he must destroy any opposition.
From: Lightning McQueen
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Cars
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney/Pixar film from 2006, Cars. This was a huge hit for the company and launched a franchise.
The quote comes near the end of the movie. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is about to win the Piston Cup, which was his long-time dream. One of his rivals, Chick Hicks is about to take third place, coming behind McQueen and veteran racer Strip “The King” Weathers. Not wanting to lose, Hicks rams into Weathers, causing the grizzled veteran to crash. McQueen, just a few lengths from the finish line, sees the crash and remembers Doc Hudson (voiced by the late Paul Newman), who he befriended during his stay at Radiator Springs. Not wanting Weathers’ career to end as tragically as Doc’s, stops and goes to help Weathers.
Weathers questions McQueen’s decision as he was about to win the Piston Cup. Recalling Doc’s disdain for the Cups he’d won, McQueen delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We live in a world where we crave material things as well as fame and glory. In the grand scheme of things, these are just superficial wants and there is more to life than just those goals. Life is much bigger than that but the problem is we can be clouded into thinking that those are the only reason to life as those are just fleeting. Try to get more meaningful goals in life and you’ll end up feeling more fulfilled in the long run.
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: Patch Adams
Who said it?: Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1998 comedy-drama Patch Adams. The film is loosely based on the real Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams. He is portrayed in the film by the late Robin Williams.
The quote comes late in the film. Patch Adams is called into a hearing for practicing medicine out of his home without a license; at this point, Patch had not graduated yet. The school threatens to expel him for this. Patch Adams rebukes the idea that a doctor should be treated with extreme reverence and that doctors are too focused on trying to cure the sickness and ignoring the human element. He then delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We, not just doctors, have to learn to be more compassionate with others. It has become so easy to be unfeeling and detached with other people but this is the reason why there is so much suffering out there. Try to build and rebuild your connections with others so that we can understand them, not just ignore them. Because that’s what we would want others to do for us.
From: Winnie the Pooh (specifically, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin)
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Christopher Robin
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the Disney direct-to-video movie, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. The plot has Winnie the Pooh and his friends go on an adventure to find Christopher Robin, who they have determined to have been captured by the so-called Skullasaurus.
The quote comes early in the movie. Christopher Robin tries to have a heart-to-heart talk with Winnie the Pooh as he is going to be gone for a while. Pooh just can’t understand and tells Christopher Robin that he’s helpless without him. This is when Christopher Robin delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: When we feel down on our luck, we can feel helpless. But you’re only helpless until you really try to help yourself. While there’s nothing wrong with asking for the help from others, we should also try to rely on ourselves as well.
From: Marvel’s The Avengers
Who said it?: Phil Coulson
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Avengers movie. This film was a geek’s dream come true as it assembled Marvel’s and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in one film. After seeing the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in their own standalone films, it was almost unimaginable that we would get an Avengers film before. But this movie made those dreams come true.
The quote comes near the start of the movie. Steve Rogers AKA Captain America (played by Chris Evans) is being brought to a SHIELD Helicarrier with Agent Phil Coulson. Phil gushes over Captain America and even mentions that he helped redesign the uniform. Steve remarks that the trademark American flag motif seems a little outdated. Phil replies that things are about to go bad before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s so easy to fall into dismay these days as life has become complicated. Sometimes we have to be reminded of a simpler time when we did things, not for our benefit, but for when it was the right thing to do.
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.