From: Jaime Lanniser
Who said it?: Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice
The story behind the quote: Since the HBO series Game of Thrones just ended, I decided to punctuate its closure with a quote from the series. Game of Thrones is based on the book series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. It is a fantasy series filler with political intrigue all about different warring families trying to win the Iron Throne.
The quote actually comes from the first episode of the HBO series. Jaime Lanniser and his twin sister Cirsei Lanniser are having sex in a tower when Bran Stark accidentally sees them in the act while climbing the tower. Jaime catches the boy spying on them before he slips and falls off the tower. When Cirsei yells that the boy saw them, Jaime asks Bram his age. Jaime then looks at Cirsei and realizing that Bram can ruin them, delivers the quote before pushing him off the tower.
Geek wisdom: While what Jaime did can be said to be a truly despicable act, he did it to ensure that his loved ones will be safe. And people do actually do terrible things in the name of love. He had to do that distasteful thing to help the people he loves, even if his reputation will be in tatters afterwards. But, since what he did was for the benefit of the people around him, he was willing to do it, reputation be damned.
Who said it?: The Old Man/The OCP Chairman
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, before Murphy becomes Robocop. OCP senior VP, Dick Jones (played by Ronnie Cox), demonstrates his newest creation, the ED-209. It’s a machine that’s supposed to take over the police force. Unfortunately, the demonstration takes a turn for the worse. As the OCP Chairman, AKA The Old Man (played by Dan O’Herlihy) laments the fiasco, Dick Jones tries to save face by saying this was just a glitch. This is when The Old Man yells out the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will try to downplay the negatives when it’s so painfully obvious that they’re trying to save face. It’s does seem insulting to the people who are actually involved by the problem as it makes it seem as if nothing’s happened. Sometimes it’s best to admit the gravity of the situation.
From: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Who said it?: Vision
The story behind the quote: Since we still have Avengers: Endgame fever, I might as well include another quote from the Marvel Cinematic Universe… specifically, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The quote comes from the end of the film. Vision (played by Paul Bettany) finds the last version of Ultron (voiced by James Spader). With Ultron’s plan to save humanity by destroying it failed, Vision comments that, while humans are flawed, there is a certain grace to their way of destructive thinking, which Ultron doesn’t understand. Ultron comments that the human race is doomed. Vision does agree with Ultron but he retorts by delivering the quote…
Geek wisdom: Life is beautiful and we only have a short time on this world. We have to make the most of our time while we can still enjoy it. While death is inevitable, that just makes living more precious.
From: Avengers: Infinity War
Who said it?: Thanos
The story behind the quote: While I have touched upon a lot of quotes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the past, this is the first quote from a villian. Avengers: Infinity War focuses on Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) and his quest to gather the Infinity Stones to fulfill his plan to eliminate half the galaxy’s population to prevent suffering from a lack of resources. The Avengers stumble upon the plot and try to stop him.
The quote comes from the early part of the film. Thor’s ship, from the end of Thor: Ragnarok, is attacked by Thanos. As Thanos surveys the carnage, he explains that he knows the pain of losing, despite knowing their in the right. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Time marches on and waits for no one. Whatever the future will hold, it’s something that’s going to happen and, while you can try to procrastinate and delay the inevitable, it will come despite your attempts to stop it. That’s just the way time works.
From: Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Civil War
Who said it?: Captain America/Steve Rogers
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote actually comes from two movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it does come from the same person, Captain America. Portrayed by Chris Evans in the film, Captain America is actually Steve Rogers, a scrawny kid from Brooklyn who was chose to be the first person to get the Super Soldier serum because of his good nature.
The quote comes a couple of times from the first film, Captain America: The First Avenger. It comes up first before Steve Rogers is injected with the Super Serum formula when he’s being beat up by a unruly movie patron. The second time it comes up in the First Avenger is when Red Skull captures Steve Rogers, now as Captain America.
The next time the quote comes up is during Captain America: Civil War. During the climax of the film, Iron Man is trying to kill Bucky/Winter Soldier for murdering his family. Captain America steps in and intervenes as he’s Bucky’s friend. Even though Iron Man has the upper hand and asks Cap to stand down, Steve Rogers still stands up and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: There is something to be said about being tenacious. Even though you are beaten down in life, you should never give up and always try to get up. The only time you’ll actually be beaten is when you give up.
Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the final chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was written by JRR Tolkien and was successfully adapted to the big screen by Peter Jackson.
The quote comes near the end of both the film and the book. The party had completed their quest to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen), the rightful heir of Isildur and is crowned the first High King of the Reunited Kingdom. After his coronation ceremony, Aragorn walks over to the hobbits Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin, who all were more than instrumental in the group’s quest. The four hobbits bow to Aragorn. This is when the new High King delivers the quote before bowing to the four.
Geek wisdom: Even if you’ve elevated to a higher place, never forget your friends. They are the ones who helped you get to where you are and you would not be in your position if it weren’t for them. Always acknowledge them.
From: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Who said it?: The Black Knight
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The film takes, shall we say, “liberties” with the legend of King Arthur but the story is fairly the same: King Arthur travels the entire country of Britain to recruit knights to his kingdom and eventually sets upon his quest to find the Holy Grail.
The quote comes fairly early in the film. As King Arthur (played by Graham Chapman) is in search for knights, he runs across the Black Knight (played by John Cleese). Arthur tries to recruit the Black Knight and, when he refuses, tries to cross the (really short) bridge. The Black Knight does not allow passage and the two fight. Arthur does get the better of the Black Knight by cutting off his limbs. However, despite losing his arms and legs slowly, the Black Knight refuses to yield and this is when he delivers the quotes.
Geek wisdom: Some people don’t know when to give up. Sometimes, it’s pride that keeps them going but they simply don’t look at the facts and stubbornly refuse to give up even when it will be their downfall.
It’s always better to know when to give before something even worse than failure happens.
Who said it?: Jane Lane
The story behind the quote: This week, we’re getting another quote from the MTV animated television show, Daria. But instead of getting the quote from Daria herself, we’re getting a quote from her best friend, Jane Lane.
The quote comes from the very first episodes, entitled “Esteemers.” In the episode, Daria and her family had just moved to the town of Lawndale and, thanks to a psychological test she had to take, Daria is ordered to take Self-Esteem class. Here, she meets a kindred spirit in Jane Lane, another student who has the same cynical attitude as her.
While walking home from school, Jane mentions to Daria that she has actually taken the psych test several times and knows all the answers. When pressed as to why she still fails it intentionally, she delivers the quote.
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Geek wisdom: We always focus on what makes us different as a negative. But we forget that it’s what makes us different that makes us unique. All the little flaws we have is actually what makes you the person who you are. Try not to think of our differences as something bad. Instead, think of them as what makes “you” you.
From: Star Wars, specifically Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Who said it?: Obi-Wan Kenobi
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Star Wars series. More specifically, it comes from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the final chapter of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
The quote comes near the climax of the film. Anakin Skywalker (played by Hayden Christensen) is confronted by Padme Amidala (played by Natalie Portman). He sees Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan MacGregor) and thinks that Padme has betrayed him and starts Force choking her. As Anakin rants that, by conquering the galaxy, he has brought peace to it. Anakin then tells Obi-Wan that, if his former mentor isn’t for his side, then he must kill him. This is when Obi-Wan delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We live in the world where most people actually do believe in absolutes and partisan views. A lot of people do think that the world is black and white. Their thoughts are the only good things now and any other point of view that differs from what they’re thinking is wrong and must then be evil. But we don’t live in a world of black and white. The Sith basically believe that anything else other than how they view the universe must be snuffed out as there is no room for negotiation.
While we’re on this, Obi-Wan’s statement may seem hypocritical but it really isn’t based on the circumstances. Obi-Wan is only fights back once he realizes that Anakin isn’t willing to negotiate or talk things through. He has no choice in the matter. On the other hand, Anakin does have a choice to discuss his point of view with Obi-Wan or to simply agree to disagree. But he cannot as he must destroy any opposition.
From: Lightning McQueen
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Cars
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney/Pixar film from 2006, Cars. This was a huge hit for the company and launched a franchise.
The quote comes near the end of the movie. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is about to win the Piston Cup, which was his long-time dream. One of his rivals, Chick Hicks is about to take third place, coming behind McQueen and veteran racer Strip “The King” Weathers. Not wanting to lose, Hicks rams into Weathers, causing the grizzled veteran to crash. McQueen, just a few lengths from the finish line, sees the crash and remembers Doc Hudson (voiced by the late Paul Newman), who he befriended during his stay at Radiator Springs. Not wanting Weathers’ career to end as tragically as Doc’s, stops and goes to help Weathers.
Weathers questions McQueen’s decision as he was about to win the Piston Cup. Recalling Doc’s disdain for the Cups he’d won, McQueen delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We live in a world where we crave material things as well as fame and glory. In the grand scheme of things, these are just superficial wants and there is more to life than just those goals. Life is much bigger than that but the problem is we can be clouded into thinking that those are the only reason to life as those are just fleeting. Try to get more meaningful goals in life and you’ll end up feeling more fulfilled in the long run.