“[Nature] occasionally throws up the terrible offspring of our pride and carelessness to remind us of how puny we really are in the face of a tornado, an earthquake or a Godzilla.”

From: Godzilla (1985)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Steve Martin

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the reboot to the Godzilla franchise that was released on 1985. This film was the launch of the Heisei series, which renders most of the earlier Showa series of films non-canon except for the original 1956 film.

The quote comes from the very end of the film. Godzilla/Gojira is lured into a volcano and the human forces detonate explosive to bury the King of Monsters. Reporter Steve Martin (reprised by Raymond Burr) delivers a monologue basically stating that the monster is a force of nature and a reminder of how small we really are.

Geek wisdom: While mankind has definitely become the dominant species on the planet, we are still rather small and helpless to the forces of nature. As much as we would like to control it, Mother Nature is just too powerful and strong to bend to our will. It’s better to just live and respect it rather than try to control it.

“A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”

From: Gandalf the Gray

Genre: Movies/Books

Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings trilogy, specifically The Fellowship of the Ring movie

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 during the early moments of the film that was directed by Peter Jackson. Gandalf the Gray (played by Sir Ian McKellan) arriving at the Shire, the area of the hobbits. Frodo Baggins greets the wizard, taunting him that he is late. This is when Gandalf delivers the quote.

Please take note that the video is an edit to extend the laughter between the two characters. It was the best I could find.

Geek wisdom: Everything you do has to have a purpose and this even includes your mistakes. If you’re late for an appointment or fail to accomplish a task, there is a good chance it it your fault, even if there are circumstances that prevented you from doing it. The best thing is to own up to them.

“Somewhere, there is a crime happening.”

From: Robocop

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Robocop

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1987 sci-fi/cyberpunk movie, Robocop. The film is about Officer Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) who is gunned down on duty. But, thanks to Omni Consumer Products, also known as OCP, Murphy is resurrected as Robocop to be the future of law enforcement.

The quote comes early in the film. After officer Alex Murphy is transformed into Robocop (both played by Peter Weller), his old partner Anne Lewis (portrayed by Nancy Allen) encounters the cyborg and tries to get him to remember who he is. Robocop does eventually brush the conversation off by first excusing himself then delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: It is a sad fact that there are always bad things happening and they are caused by people. This is why it’s always a good idea to be aware because these bad people can do things to you and your loved ones when you least expect it.

“Batman could be anybody. That was the point.”

From: The Dark Knight Rises

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Bruce Wayne

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the third and final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. However, this time around, it isn’t from Batman, The Joker or even wise-old Alfred Pennyworth. This week, it’s from Bruce Wayne.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Police officer John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has managed to deduce that Bruce Wayne (played again by Christian Bale) is Batman. The two attempt to find leads to where the criminal Bane is and, during the car ride, Blake asks Bruce Wayne why he dons a mask. Bruce explains that the costume was to be a symbol. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Anyone can be a hero. You don’t need to be a mask or a costume to do heroic deeds. It’s more about doing the right thing when it’s needed.

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.

From: The Princess Bride

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Inigo Montoya

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the cult classic, The Princess Bride. The movie was originally a book with the same name. While only a modest success when it was released, it gained popularly when it came out on home video.

The quote actually comes a couple of times in the film. The first time it’s uttered with when Inigo Montoya (played by Mandy Patinkin) faces off against Westley (played by Cary Elwes). During their duel, Westley is knocked over a cliff but Inigo Montoya, being an honorable man, helps him up and lets his foe recover. While they both rest, he tells the story of how his father was killed by a certain six fingered man. As he dreamed of the moment he will finally face his father’s killer, he knows exactly what to say to him when they do meet.

The quote is then told again, several times, in fact, when Inigo Montoya does face off against the six fingered man, Count Rugen. Even though he was near death, when he finds out that Count Rugen is the man who killed his father, he regains his strength and battles him, delivering the quote numerous times.

Geek wisdom: When you put your mind to something and push through with it, there’s not telling what you can accomplish.The reason why Inigo Montoya became a superb swordsman and managed to defeat his foe is because, since he was a child, he had one goal in mind, and that was to be a swordsman strong enough to beat his father’s killer.

“You should have gone for the head.” AND “I went for the head.”

From: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Thanos and Thor

The story behind the quote: This week, we are going to look at a couple of quotes from the Marvel movies that are linked to each other. They come from the two-part Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The first quote comes near the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) had just gathered all the Infinity Stones and is about to snap his fingers to extinguish half of all living things in the universe. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) tries to stop the Mad Titan and he seemingly is successful by stabbing Thanos in the chest with his axe. As Thor gloats, he doesn’t realize that Thanos still has enough strength to snap his fingers, which he does but not before delivering the quote.

The second quote comes from the opening moments of Infinity War’s sequel, Endgame. The Avengers managed to track down Thanos and, in the hopes of undoing what had happened, confront the Mad Titan. However, Thanos informs them that he destroyed the Infinity Stones. In frustration, Thor chops off Thanos’ head. When asked if he knew what he was doing, Thor delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: As there are two quotes, there are two pieces of GeekWisdom to tackle. However, they are both connected. You should never go for half measures when it is important. Always take the time to ensure that something is truly complete and nothing can be left to chance for those things that are important.

For the second quote, doing things you should have done may feel cathartic but ultimately useless. While Thor did get some form of revenge on Thanos by chopping off his head, this did prove to be ineffective since it won’t bring back the Infinity Stones. Take the opportunities when they present themselves so that you don’t have any regrets later on.

“I know what I have to do. But I don’t know if I have the strength to do it.”

From: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Kylo Ren/Ben Solo

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote initially comes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the first entry in the latest trilogy of the franchise.

The quote comes from near the end of the film. Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) confronts his son Ben Solo (played by Adam Driver), who has adopted the Sith moniker Kylo Ren. Han pleads with his son to come back to him. Ben/Kylo is hesitant because he is unsure of what to do. He delivers the quote before stabbing his own father.

Later on, in The Rise of Skywalker, the concluding film to this trilogy, there is a scene that does mirror the events. This time, it has Han Solo returning as a memory of Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren then says the exact same line before choosing to shun the Dark Side.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the thing that is right for you may be the hardest thing to do. It will take great courage and strength to follow your heart because there are going to be consequences to your actions. But if it’s the right thing to do for yourself, then it’s the right thing.

“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.

“Hope ain’t a tactic.”

From: Deepwater Horizon

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Mike Williams

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the film Deepwater Horizon. The film is based on the titular oil rig and the resulting disaster after one of the drilling operations had a major malfunction. This malfunction caused one of the United States greatest ecological disasters.

The quote comes early in the film. A representative of BP (played by John Malkovich) confronts one of the heads of the drilling operations, Mike Williams (played by Mark Wahlberg). Mike Williams has concerns about the state of Deepwater Horizon but the BP representative is rather dismissive. The topic then turns to fishing as the BP rep sees a picture of Mike Williams with a giant fish. Mike then tells that catching a giant fish is all about preparation. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: While it may be nice to hope for the best, it is always much better to prepare for the worst. You always have to plan ahead and be prepared for things to go wrong because, more likely than not, it will.

“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

From: Batman Begins

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Thomas Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the superhero/crime drama movie Batman Begins starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Batman Begins was a lot of people’s introduction to Christopher Nolan’s style of film making as, even though he isn’t huge comic book fan, he delivered one of the better Batman movie adaptations.

The quote is actually mentioned a couple of times in the film. The first time comes when a young Bruce Wayne falls into a cave. His father, Thomas Wayne, rescues him and delivers the quote. The second time the quote is given is after the League of Assassins raze Wayne Manor. Bruce Wayne laments that he’s failed. This is when Alfred (played by Michael Caine), his butler and father figure, echoes Thomas Wayne’s message to him.

Geek wisdom: Failing at something doesn’t mean you should stop. You should take it as an opportunity to learn from it and then try again.