“I never saved anything for the swim back.”

From: Gattaca

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Vincent Freeman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1997 sci-fi film, Gattaca. The movie takes place in a future wherein most children have been genetically altered to inherit all the best traits of their parents. Naturally born children are deemed “inferior” because of this. Vincent Freeman (played by Ethan Hawke) is one of those children who have been conceived through natural means. In order to fulfill his dream of becoming an astronaut, he takes on the identity of a modified person who is now wheelchair bound.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Vincent Freeman is found out by his brother, Anton Freeman (played by Loren Dean). Anton is worried that his brother is not up to the task of space flight as he was not genetically modified. Vincent challenges him to a swim race to see who can go out the furthest and the first to turn back loses. Vincent manages to keep swimming while Anton decides to go back in fear of drowning. After Anton concedes, Vincent delivers the quote, explaining how he was able to win all those year back.

Geek wisdom: Always be ready to give it your all. Do your very best when you need to do so.

“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”

From: Batman, specifically, The Dark Knight Rises

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Batman

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.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Batman (played by Christian Bale) has to fly out the bomb that is set to destroy the whole of Gotham City. Commissioner Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) knows this might be the final time he and the people of the city gets to know who their savior is behind the mask. Batman then delivers the quote and this makes Gordon realize the Batman just might be Bruce Wayne because he recalls when he did that exact action after the child’s parents were murdered.

Geek wisdom: Even the smallest good deed should be recognized by people. This is because it just might be the tiniest bit of kindness put in the world that makes all the difference in a person’s life.

“For years, I’ve been treating the Hulk like he’s some kind of disease, something to get rid of. But then I started looking at him as the cure.”

From: Avengers: Endgame

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Bruce Banner/The Hulk

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Avengers: Endgame. The movie was the climax of a decades long story that started way back in 2009 with Iron Man. The heroes have been defeated but it turns out there is still something they can do to, at the very least, set things right to the way things were.

The quote comes during the start of the movie. Captain America and Black Widow take Ant-Man to see Bruce Banner (played by Mark Ruffalo). However, instead of seeing a mindless monster or a meek scientist, Banner finally figured out how to merge both his Hulk side and his normal side into one being. He explains that, when they lost in the previous film, it was doubly hard on him as he lost twice. This is when he delivered the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the thing you think is your greatest weakness can actually be made into your greatest strength. It’s just all about how you can utilize whatever you have in yourself and make it work for you.

“Fate rarely calls upon us at a time of your choosing.”

From: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Genre: Cartoons, Movies

Who said it?: Optimus Prime

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2009 movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Based on the cartoon series of the same name, the movie has the Autobots trying to protect the planet Earth against the evil forces of the Decepticons. However, there is a new threat, known as the Fallen who is now the main antagonist here.

The quote comes early in the movie. Sam Witwitcky (played by Shia LaBeouf), now a college student, goes to Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen). Sam is upset as it seems he cannot have a normal life since the events of the previous movie. Optimus Prime understands Sam’s predicament but he asks for the human’s help to remind the humans of their alliance. Sam doesn’t want anything to do with this intergalactic war and starts to walk away. This is when Optimus Prime delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: The time to step up will come when it’s usually inconvenient. Yet we always must be ready to take up the call and do the right thing when the time comes.

“Teach me.”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Doctor Strange

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on Stephen Strange, a skilled surgeon who loses his fine tuned motor skills in a car accident. In an attempt to heal his hands, he travels to Tibet. Under the tutelage of the Ancient One, he instead becomes trained in the mystic arts and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, dedicated to defending this dimension from Dormammu of the Dark Dimension.

The quote comes near the start of the film. Doctor Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters a temple in Tibet in the hopes to find a way to fix his injured hands. There he meets the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton). Thinking she’s just a shyster, he rebuffs her as Strange thinks all of her mystical talk is all fake. The Ancient One then proves what she says is real by sending Doctor Strange on a journey throughout the multiverse. When Strange returns to his reality. He delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A truly humble person, despite being an expert in his or her field or who has become quite knowledgeable with the way the world works, will always remember that there is always something to learn. We all have to be this way as we will stop learning and growing otherwise.

“Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a bunch of scraps!”

From: Iron Man

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Obadiah Stane

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the 2009 superhero film, Iron Man. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark who, after getting kidnapped by terrorists, builds a suit of armor to escape his captors. After realizing his weapons were being used by the terrorists, he decides to refine the armor to fight them as well as becoming the first superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The quote comes from the middle of the film movie. Tony Stark’s business partner, Obadiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges), hires a group of scientist to recreate Stark’s huge arc reactor in miniature form as he needs it to power up his own Iron Man suit. His scientists tell him they’re unable to duplicate the technology. This make Stane very upset and he berates the head scientist by delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: Most of anything is possible but you have to be ready to put in the time and the hard work to achieve it. If you have the mindset that it cannot be done, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy as you’ll never put in the required work to accomplish your goal.

“The world’s more interesting with you in it.”

From: The Silence of the Lambs

Genre: Movies, Books

Who said it?: Hannibal Lecter

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from The Silence of the Lambs. Originally a book written by Thomas Harris before it was made into a movie, The Silence of the Lambs follows rookie FBI agent Clarice Sterling as she is assigned to interview the incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lecter, who may provide insight to a current string of murders. The movie was a critical and financial success, even winning several awards, including Best Picture in 1991, the first horror movie to do so.

The quote comes during the end of the film. Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins) managed to break out of the asylum but calls Clarice Sterling (played by Jodie Foster) one more time. He tells her she has nothing to be afraid of as he has no interest in harming her, delivering the quote as his reason.

Geek wisdom: This does not only refer to Clarice Sterling but to everyone in the world. Everyone, in a small part, will influence the world and change the course of history. What we don’t know is how and if it will be for the good or bad of humanity and the planet.

“I hold myself in contempt!”

From: Liar Liar

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Fletcher Reede

The story behind the quote: Jim Carrey plays Fletcher Reed, a really good lawyer and a much better liar. Although he loves his son, Max, Fletcher is too concentrated on his career to really spend any time with him. It is this focus on climbing the corporate ladder which causes his to miss Max’s birthday so that he can get on the “good side” of his boss. Disappointed that his father didn’t come to his birthday (even though Fletcher did promise him), Max wishes that Fletcher cannot lie… which comes true.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Thanks to his quick thinking, Fletcher Reed wins his case and annuls the pre-nuptual agreement of his client. Realizing the woman he was representing was not a good person while the father actually cares for his children, the lawyer pleads with the judge and tells him he played the system and won on a technicality. The judge, listening to the outbursts, warns Fletcher that, if he continues to argue with his decision, he will hold him in contempt. This is when the quote is delivered.

Geek wisdom: We should hold ourselves to a higher standard. When we realize we were in the wrong, we should always be able to recognize it and not try to cover it up.

“All I wanted to do is let you know I’m doing good, but I have to get back to my real family.”

From: Shazam!

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Billy Batson

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 the 2019 superhero film, Shazam! Based on the DC superhero comic series. Shazam! follows Billy Batson, a preteen orphan who the wizard Shazam grants him magical powers based on the mythical beings Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. Now, when Billy Batson says the wizard’s name, the boy takes the form of an adult superhero sometimes known as Captain Marvel.

The quote from middle of the film. After years of trying to find his mother, Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) finally learns of her whereabouts and rushes off to find her. When Billy arrives at his mother’s apartment complex, his mother informs him that on that day, she purposefully left him with the police because she thought other people would take better care of him that she ever would as she wasn’t ready at that time. Disappointed at this revelation, Billy hands her the keychain she left him all those years ago and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: There is more to being a family than just sharing a bloodline. A real family are the people who genuinely treat you with care and affection. They are also there for you when times get tough.

“Come out to the coast. We’ll get together. Have a few laughs…”

From: Die Hard

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: John McClaine

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. On a side note, though, although the film was set during the Christmas season, Die Hard was actually released in the middle of July. Go figure.

The quote comes from the middle of the film as John McClaine (played by Bruce Willis) manages to escape certain death by finding a ventilation duct to crawl into. As he crawls through it, he flips on his lighter to see how much vent he has to squeeze through to get out. In sarcastic frustration, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom:  Not everything will go ahead as planned. There are eventually going to be problems that will pop up that we don’t expect. That doesn’t mean we should quit, though. We all have to bear through them to make it to the goal.