“I’m not a smart man. But I know what love is.”

From: Forrest Gump

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Forrest Gump

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes 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 middle of the film. Forrest (played by Tom Hanks) gets a visit from his childhood friend and longtime crush Jenny (played by Robin Wright). Jenny seems to be trying to get away from something painful so Forrest invites her to stay to live with her. After watching TV, Jenny tells Forrest she’s going to bed. Before she makes it up the stairs, Forrest abruptly proposes to Jenny but she declines because she won’t be good for him. This leaves Forrest confused as he instinctively knows of Jenny’s true feelings. This is about when he delivers the quote before leaving the house.

Geek wisdom: There are actually two meanings for this week’s quote. The first one deals with knowing what love is. Love is nothing we can really “learn.” It’s something we feel deep in our gut and we know about this feeling through pure instinct. And anyone can actually fall in love; there is no prerequisite to getting it.

The second piece of Geek Wisdom we can get from the quote has to deal with Jenny’s true feelings for Forrest. Although she does love him, she feels like she doesn’t deserve him. We sometimes deny ourselves of love because we feel we don’t deserve it like Jenny does. But that’s not true. We’re all deserving of love in our life. We just have to be willing to accept it.


“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.”

From: Aladdin

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: The Peddler

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the 1992 animated Disney film, Aladdin. The film is a “sanitized” version of the original story but does cover the broad strokes or a “street rat” who uses a magic Genie to try to win the affections of a princess while fighting off an evil wizard.

The quote comes at the beginning of the film where we see a Peddler (voiced by Robin Williams, who also happened to voice the Genie) talks to the viewer and tries to sell you various objects. He then tries to sell you a seemingly ordinary lamp but, as the quote suggests, the lamp is more than it seems…

Fun Fact: It was supposed to be revealed at the end of the film that the Peddler was the Genie in disguise, which is why Robin Williams voiced both characters but was changed during its development.

Geek wisdom: There’s an old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s so easy to give a foolish first impression because of how something or someone looks. But it’s only until we really delve into something and give that person or thing a chance when we can understand its real worth.

“Anyone can cook.”

From: Ratatouille

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: A lot of people… but it’s Chef Gusteau’s motto

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Pixar animated film, Ratatouille. The film is about a rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswald) who loves fine dining and learns to become a great cook, thanks to watching his favorite chef, Chef Gusteau (voiced by Brad Garrett). He then accidentally becomes partners with a young man named Linguini, the son of Gusteau, and together they try to become one of the greatest chefs in all of France.

The quote is actually mentioned several times throughout the film as it is Chef Gusteau’s motto. However, it is at its most poignant during the closing moments of the film where Remy decides to serve food critic Anton Ego (voiced by Peter O’Toole) the titular dish. The critic is astonished by the dish but is even more shocked when he learns a rat prepared his meal. He then proceeds to write a review that does include Gusteau’s motto…

Geek wisdom: We often put limits on ourselves. We can immediately think that something will be too hard to do even before we even try. The thing is anyone can do anything as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort to do so. You may never become the best at whatever that thing is but that’s not to say you won’t be good or, at the very least, competent at it. The greatest crime is to not even try at all.

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

From: When Harry Met Sally

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Harry Burns

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from When Harry Met Sally, a film about two people, Harry (played by Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) and their somewhat long “on and off” relationship. It has become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Although the film has become more memorable because of the “I’ll have what she’s having” quote, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any more beloved saying from the film

The quote actually comes from the very end of the film. During a New Year party, Sally Albright (played by Meg Ryan) decides to leave early as she’s depressed her friendship with Harry Burns (played by Billy Crystal) had just ended. However, just before Sally leaves, Harry rushes in and declares his love for her. Sally thinks that Harry is just saying that because he feels lonely as it’s New Year’s Eve. Harry then tells Sally about all her little quirks she makes and how he loves her even more because of them before delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: We all like to dance around our feeling and keep them bottled up inside. We can sometimes be too scared to express our love for someone else for fear of rejection or being shunned. However, the more you delay telling that person you love someone, the more you are going to be missing out on actually being with them.

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.”

From: Die Hard

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: John McClaine through Hans Gruber

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the “Christmas” movie, Die Hard. The film was a surprise hit and launched Bruce Willis into stardom.

The quote comes from the middle of the film after Hans Gruber (played by the late Alan Rickman) and his group had taken over the Nakatomi building. John McClaine had just killed Tony Vreski after a long, brutal fight but he managed to come out on top. McClaine decides to send a message to Hans Gruber by using the elevator to send Tony’s body… but he does leave a not so subtle message about the new armament he now has…

Geek wisdom:  Picking out a gift for someone shouldn’t really be that hard. Everyone wants something different for Christmas. Sometimes, it may be just something they want. Sometimes, it may be something they need. In order to figure it out, you have to understand that person’s situation and know what they would appreciate. All you have to do is pay attention to that person and notice these things.

“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

From: Batman, specifically, The Dark Knight

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Joker

The story behind the quote: You know a movie is good when you can pull off multiple quotes from it. And you know a character is fantastic when you can use a majority of his quotes! Once again, I’m pulling from The Dark Knight, the second from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman moves and, once again, the quote comes from The Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger.

The quote comes from the early part of the film as the Joker interrupts a meeting held by Gotham’s criminal underworld. The Clown Prince of Crime berates the mobster from cowering against The Batman and offers to take out The Dark Knight for them. One of the mobsters asks The Joker, if it’s so easy to do, why hasn’t he done it. This is when The Joker delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Every person has something they’re good at. It’s all a matter of discovering what that talent is. If you’re really good at a particular skill, that makes you worth something and, hopefully, it’s actually something you enjoy doing. So find whatever that thing may be and actually make is so that you can get paid for that skill.

“Who’s going to believe a talking head?”

From: Re-Animator

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Herbert West

The story behind the quote: As it’s Halloween, it’s only fitting that we use a horror movie quote. Which is why this week’s quote comes from the cult classic horror-comedy film, Re-Animator. The original film was based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and has spawned two sequels.

The quote comes from the middle of the film. Herbert West (played by Jeffrey Combs) has managed to track down one of his re-animated corpses, Dr. Carl Hill, who has managed to steal his reagent, the chemical compound that can raise the dead. Dr. Carl Hill, despite being dead and essentially has to carry his own severed head around, still wants to publish West’s research as his own. This is when West informs him that no one will believe him because of his current headless state.

Geek wisdom: We all have some kind of status in our life and, sometimes, it can be hard to be taken seriously because of it. We can be overlooked simply because of how people perceive us. This does mean we can either be underestimated or overestimated. It’s up to us to prove what we can do, however, and not let them say what it is.

Oh, and, if you’re a reanimated talking head that’s trying to take credit for creating a formula that can bring the dead back to life, don’t be a jerk and steal someone’s work.

“You see this guy staring back at you? That’s your toughest opponent.”

From: Creed

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Rocky Balboa

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Creed, which is technically the latest film in the Rocky film franchise. However, instead of Rocky Balboa being the guy entering the ring, he’s now the coach and the trainer of Adonis Jordan, who just so happens to be the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed.

The quote comes from the middle of the film just as Rocky (once again played by Sylvester Stallone) begins training Adonis (played by Michael B. Jordan). During one of their training sessions, Rocky takes Adonis to face himself in the mirror. He tells him to get into his fighting stance and, via the quote, tells Adonis that his opponent, whether in the ring or in life, that the man he’s looking at in the mirror is actually the person he’s going against.

Geek wisdom: We are sometimes the person that holds ourselves back. We can talk ourselves out of doing something or we can even try to stop improving because we become too comfortable with our status in life. However, we have to break through that barrier and actually try to be better than what we are right now all the time. We have to keep on taking steps to improve ourselves each and every day.

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

From: Blade Runner

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Roy Batty

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Ridley Scott cult classic, Blade Runner. The film is all about a man named Rick Deckard, the titular Blade Runner of this story, and his search for four rogue Replicants who have made it to Earth. The film didn’t actually do all that well when it was released in 1982 as most critics felt the pace of the film was too slow. However, as the film gained cult status due to its incredibly deep story and Ridley Scott’s beautiful vision of a gritty future, the film has gained more notoriety and has influenced many directors of today.

The quote actually from the end of the film as Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer) had just saved Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) from falling off a building. Realizing that he is dying due to the nature of Replicants having short life spans, Batty laments on the experiences he had accumulated and delivers what is now known as the “tears in rain” monologue, in a sense, proving that he does have a soul and human.

Geek wisdom: A huge part of what makes us human is our experiences in life. These collective experiences are all that help form our very unique individuality. We are all interconnected by these experiences but we may not feel the same way or experience them the same way. That doesn’t make them any less significant, though, as they have meaning to you or someone else.

Ultimately, however, when we do leave this mortal coil, those experiences will be lost forever. This is why we have to experience as much of living as we can while possible.

“It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does?”

From: Blade Runner

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Gaff

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the neo-noir film Blade Runner. Although it wasn’t a box office hit when it was released in 1982, Blade Runner has achieved cult status thanks to the incredibly creative world that Ridley Scott created for the film. The story follows one of the titular Blade Runners named Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) and his task to hunt down four rogue replicants, artificial humans, who have traveled to Earth in an attempt to lengthen their short lifespans.

The quote comes from the climax of the film. After one of the replicants Deckard was contracted to “retire” actually saves his life, one of the Blade Runner’s friends, Gaff (played by Edward James Olmos), appears in front of him. They have some banter, hinting that the job is finished and that Deckard might retire as a Blade Runner. Gaff then tosses Deckard a gun and then reminds him of Rachael, the replicant in his apartment. He turns and walks away but stops to deliver the quote.

Geek wisdom: Whether you’re a replicant or an actual human, life is just too short. As life is fleeting, you not only have to enjoy it as much as possible, this also means you only have a scant few years to make your mark in history. Try to live live to its fullest.