From: Rocky Balboa (2008)
Who said it?: Rocky Balboa
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2008 film Rocky Balboa. This is the sixth film in the Rocky series of movies. The movie has Rocky Balboa, in his mid-sixties, going up against Mason “The Line” Dixon, in a exhibition dream match. Still, Rocky takes the fight as seriously as when he was a championship boxer.
The film comes in the middle of the film. Rocky (played by Sylvester Stallone) talks to his brother-in-law, Paulie (played by Burt Young). Paulie questions Rocky’s motivation for the fight. Rocky then says the reason, which is the quote in question.
Geek wisdom: We do sometimes feel we need to prove ourselves. Not to others but to ourselves. You can use this as a motivator to push through the doubt in our minds and go for the things we want.
From: Star Wars (specifically Episode IV)
Who said it?: Obi-Wan Kenobi
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first ever Star Wars film ever released. It was originally just Star Wars but later releases of the film retconned it to be Episode IV: A New Hope.
The quote comes near the start of the film. As Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Alec Guinness) come across the wreckage of the Jawa Sandcrawler that sold Luke R2-D2 and C3-P0. Luke thinks that the Sand People did the attack but Obi-Wan says it was the work of Imperial Stormtroopers because of how good the show are. However, throughout the film, it seems like Obi-Wan’s statement about the Imperial Stormtroopers and the Sand People’s markmanship are false.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, what you think is correct can be wrong but we will still believe it in because we can be blind by popular opinion or that point has been ingrained in us. We have to use our own senses and actually think and observe to determine what is fact or fiction.
From: Step Brothers
Who said it?: Brennan Huff
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2008 comedy film, Step Brothers. The film has two grown men who are forced to live together in the same house when both their parents get married.
The quote comes early in the film. After Dale Dobeck (played by John C. Reilly) punches his step brother’s real brother in the face, Brennan Huff (played by Will Ferrell) try to get to know each other better after days of feuding. The two find they have a lot in common and, when Brennan finds this out, he exclaims the quote.
Geek wisdom: You never know who are the people you have a lot in common with. You may even find out that even your worst enemy might have the capacity to become someone you would want to be friends with. The only way to find out is to get past the anger and try to find common ground.
From: Office Space
Who said it?: Peter Gibbons
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. Peter Gibbons, a rather meek person, gets hypnotized to a state of complete relaxation. Even though he openly shows his distaste for working at Initech due to being hypnotized, he’s the one that gets to keep his job while his friends get downsized.
The quote comes near the start of the film when Peter Gibbons (played by Ron Livingston) is interviewed by two people who are figuring out who can be laid off. He gives the interview in the hypnotized state, speaking very frankly as to why he only does the minimum amount of work. During the middle of the speech, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It is difficult to do things, especially when you’re not feeling it or you are just not passionate about that job. This is why it’s very important to find something you love or, at the very least, enjoy doing and make that your way to make a living. That way, you will always be motivated to do your very best.
From: Groundhog Day
Who said it?: Phil Conners
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1993 fantasy comedy film Groundhog Day. The film has weatherman Phil Conners (played by Bill Murray) travel to Punxsutawney to cover the annual Groundhog Day event to see if the town’s groundhog, Phil, will see its shadow and signal a longer winter. However, Phil soon finds out he’s stuck in a time loop and has to live out the titular day over and over again.
The quote comes early in the film. Phil tries to get information as to when the roads and phone lines will be repaired. Phil is frustrated as the reply seems to be tomorrow. However, as he has already experienced the same day a couple of times already, he delivers the quote in frustration.
Geek wisdom: Life can be repetitive and it can seem you’re just living the same events over and over again each day. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You do have the power to change your life and your future but you have to be willing to do the changing.
From: Godzilla (1985)
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.
From: Gandalf the Gray
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.
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.
From: The Dark Knight Rises
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.
From: The Princess Bride
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.