From: Pirates of the Caribbean (specifically, The Curse of the Black Pearl)
Who said it?: Jack Sparrow
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. The movie is based on the theme park ride found in the various Disney theme parks all around the world. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was a huge success and launched an entire film franchise. The series generally follows the adventures of the rogue and eccentric Jack Sparrow.
The quote comes early in the film, The Curse of the Black Pearl. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) is captured by the city guards as he is a known pirate. The leader of the guards search Sparrow and comments on how rubbish his equipment is and how basically he is the worst pirate he’s ever heard of. This is when Jack Sparrow delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s best to look at the bright side of things. Even though he’s told he’s not a good pirate, the mere fact that Jack Sparrow is still well known means that he’s doing something right from his point of view.
From: Army of Darkness
Who said it?: Ash Williams
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the comedy horror film, Army of Darkness. It is the third film in the Evil Dead film series, all of which were directed by Sam Raimi. In this movie, Ash Williams, the series protagonist, is sent to medieval times and he attempts to find a way back to his own time.
The quote comes early in the film. After a mysterious forces tosses Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell) into a mirror, the shards reform into Evil Ash (also played by Bruce Campbell). Evil Ash taunts the original Ash and punches him several times. Tired of the abuse, original Ash takes out his rifle and shoots his evil doppelganger in the face and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Tools are just that: tools. It’s how these tools are used and who uses them that’s more important. Everything can be used for good or bad but it matters who uses them and for what reason.
From: Forrest Gump
Who said it?: Forrest Gump
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote, once again, comes from DJ Miller. We thank you for your submission again.
The quote from the very quotable film from 1994 film, Forrest Gump. Based on the book of the same name, Forrest Gump is a person of low IQ but, despite his apparent handicap, he proceeds to go on different new adventures and meet people who would go on to make history, making his life one of the most fulfilling ones ever.
The quote comes from the very first scene of the film. While waiting for a bus, Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) offers a piece of chocolate from a box. He then remembers one of his mother’s sayings, which just so happens to be the quote in question.
Fun Fact: Most people think the quote goes “Life is like a box of chocolates” but he actually says “was” at this point. Forrest’s mother (played by Sally Field) does say a version of the quote but she says, “Life is a box of chocolates” without the word “like” in it.
I guess people misremember the quote because the way we remember it is grammatically correct.
Geek wisdom: Life is full of surprises and you never really know what will happen next. Sometimes good things will happen. Sometimes bad things will happen. But that’s just how life goes.
From: Office Space
Who said it?: Milton Waddams
The story behind the quote: Office Space is a cult classic movie from Mike Judge, the creator of Beavis and Butt-head. The story generally focuses of a group of frustrated office workers who work for Initech, a software company, with their manager, Bill Lumberg. One of them gets accidentally hypnotized to enter a state of complete relaxation. So much so that he openly displays his lack of motivation while in the office. Oddly enough, this gets him promoted to a managerial position while his friends, despite trying their best to keep their jobs, are set to be downsized. This is a very rough summary and I know I’m not doing justice to this film describing it. Suffice to say, it deserves its cult classic status. There are a lot of scenes in this movie that are hilarious and memorable.
The quote happens near the start of the film. Milton (played by Stephen Root) is talking to his co-league Peter Gibbons and complaining about how management has been moving the location of his desk. He also mentions that, even though the company has switched staplers, he managed to keep his red Swingline stapler and, while delivering the quote, exclaims how important it is to him.
It is worth mentioning that, while Milton didn’t push through with what he said when his prized Swingline stapler was absconded, he did eventually burn down the office building because of all the abuse he was getting.
Geek wisdom: People will reach a breaking point. Even the meekest of people will suddenly snap when the pressure is too much. So it may be wise to never abuse others as this actually might be the last straw for them… and it always pays to be nice to people, by the way.
From: The Incredibles
Who said it?: Elastigirl/Helen Parr
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Disney/Pixar CG animated movie The Incredibles. The film is about a family of retired superheroes headed by Mr. Incredible. He is hired by a mysterious company to take out a rogue robot. Once he does, he starts to use his powers more openly, not knowing the company he’s working for has nefarious motives.
The quote comes in the middle of the film. After arriving on the island where Mr. Incredible is being held, Helen Parr AKA Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) tells her children she’s going to explore the island to rescue her husband and their father. She tells them to put on the mask to disguise themselves, delivering the quote in the process.
Geek wisdom: You are who you are and you should always be proud of who you are. Your very being is what makes you special and unique, after all.
From: The Lion King
Who said it?: King Mufasa
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Disney classic, The Lion King. The film focuses on Simba, a young lion who, after being tricked by his uncle into believing he is the cause of his father’s death, exiles himself. He then realizes the deception and returns to reclaim his kingdom. The movie has become one of Disney’s most beloved movies and has been re-released in theaters and has become the basis of several sequels, cartoon series, a Broadway musical and even a CGI “live-action” remake.
The quote comes near the middle of the film. A young Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is in trouble as he was nearly killed visiting the elephant’s graveyard, a place he was told he shouldn’t go to. King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) begins to scold his son and Simba tries to explain that he was just trying to show he had courage like his father. This is when King Mufasa delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Being brave doesn’t mean you should be looking for trouble. Being brave is doing the right thing at the right time.
From: Batman, specifically, The Dark Knight
Who said it?: Harvey Dent
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight has Batman taking on a mysterious villain known as The Joker, who apparently is more concerned with sowing the seeds of chaos rather than his own gain.
The quote comes some time in the middle of the film. Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) and he meets up with Gotham’s fresh new District Attorney, Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart). The group gets into a discussion if Gotham actually needs a vigilante like Batman. Harvey tells them a story about how the Romans would suspend democracy during times of war. Rachel Dawes (played this time by Maggie Gyllenhaal) points out the last person appointed to this post never relinquished his position. This is when Harvey delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the best of intentions can steer you in the wrong direction. You may see your goals to be honorable and even be in the service of mankind but there is also the chance these very same decisions will cause more destruction.
Who said it?: The Bearded Lady
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the little known black comedy Freaked. Released in 1993, the film was written and directed by Alex Winter of Bill and Ted fame. He plays a former child star named Ricky Coogin who is captured and turned into a freak by a mad scientist played by Randy Quaid. Here, he and the other humans the scientist had experimented on try to escape from the circus they’re all imprisoned in.
The quote is while the other sideshow attractions are introducing themselves and how they wound up there. The Bearded Lady (played by Mr. T) explains he was a manly trucker but he never felt comfortable with it. The mad scientist changes him into a full-fledged woman (but he does keep the beard). After telling his tale, the Bearded Lady says she’s happy with who she is now and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Never let social convention dictate who you are. Be who you always wanted to be and, despite people questioning your choices, you will ultimately be happier and more satisfied with your life.
From: Ant-Man and The Wasp
Who said it?: Stan Lee
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2018 superhero heist film, Ant-Man and The Wasp. But, more importantly, it comes from Stan Lee, the man behind most of Marvel’s superhero lineup, and is one of his many cameos
The quote comes near the end of the film. During an intense car chase, Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) attempt to shoot her pursuers with her shrinking discs. One of the disc accidentally strikes Stan Lee’s car, shrinking it. Stan Lee, without missing a beat, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Every action has a reaction. Even if you’ve done something way in the past, things do have a way of catching up to the present, one way or another.
From: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Who said it?: Captain James Kirk
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The film features the original cast of the 1967 series that started it all. The film features the crew of the USS Enterprise as they journey with Spock’s half-brother, Sybok, to allegedly find God.
The quote comes near the end of the film. The USS Enterprise does manage to get to the planet that holds “God.” This seemingly all-powerful being requests to board the starship that brought them to the planet. This is when Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it’s best to not take things at face value. Just because something seems to be plausible, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s positively true. We have to look at things with a critical eye and not just blindly accept the things in front of us.