“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

From: Batman, specifically, The Dark Knight

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Harvey Dent

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight has Batman taking on a mysterious villain known as The Joker, who apparently is more concerned with sowing the seeds of chaos rather than his own gain.

The quote comes some time in the middle of the film. Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) and he meets up with Gotham’s fresh new District Attorney, Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart). The group gets into a discussion if Gotham actually needs a vigilante like Batman. Harvey tells them a story about how the Romans would suspend democracy during times of war. Rachel Dawes (played this time by Maggie Gyllenhaal) points out the last person appointed to this post never relinquished his position. This is when Harvey delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the best of intentions can steer you in the wrong direction. You may see your goals to be honorable and even be in the service of mankind but there is also the chance these very same decisions will cause more destruction.

“Hey, this is me. I am woman. And I like me.”

From: Freaked 

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Bearded Lady

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the little known black comedy Freaked. Released in 1993, the film was written and directed by Alex Winter of Bill and Ted fame. He plays a former child star named Ricky Coogin who is captured and turned into a freak by a mad scientist played by Randy Quaid. Here, he and the other humans the scientist had experimented on try to escape from the circus they’re all imprisoned in.

The quote is while the other sideshow attractions are introducing themselves and how they wound up there. The Bearded Lady (played by Mr. T) explains he was a manly trucker but he never felt comfortable with it. The mad scientist changes him into a full-fledged woman (but he does keep the beard). After telling his tale, the Bearded Lady says she’s happy with who she is now and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Never let social convention dictate who you are. Be who you always wanted to be and, despite people questioning your choices, you will ultimately be happier and more satisfied with your life.

“Well, the 60’s were fun but now I’m paying for it.”

From: Ant-Man and The Wasp

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Stan Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2018 superhero heist film, Ant-Man and The Wasp. But, more importantly, it comes from Stan Lee, the man behind most of Marvel’s superhero lineup, and is one of his many cameos

The quote comes near the end of the film. During an intense car chase, Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) attempt to shoot her pursuers with her shrinking discs. One of the disc accidentally strikes Stan Lee’s car, shrinking it. Stan Lee, without missing a beat, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Every action has a reaction. Even if you’ve done something way in the past, things do have a way of catching up to the present, one way or another.

“What does God need with a starship?”

From: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Captain James Kirk

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The film features the original cast of the 1967 series that started it all. The film features the crew of the USS Enterprise as they journey with Spock’s half-brother, Sybok, to allegedly find God.

The quote comes near the end of the film. The USS Enterprise does manage to get to the planet that holds “God.” This seemingly all-powerful being requests to board the starship that brought them to the planet. This is when Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it’s best to not take things at face value. Just because something seems to be plausible, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s positively true. We have to look at things with a critical eye and not just blindly accept the things in front of us.

“Is okay to lose to opponent. Must not lose to fear.”

From: The Karate Kid Part III

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Mr. Miyagi

The story behind the quote: I’ve done a lot of quotes from the original Karate Kid. It was only a matter of time for me to post a quote from the other films. This week’s quote comes from the third film in the Karate Kid franchise.

The quote comes during the climax of the film. Daniel Laruso (once again played by Ralph Macchio) is fighting a losing battle against Mike Barnes, the “bad boy of karate.” Daniel, deathly scared of his foe now, wants to quit. Mr. Miyagi (played by the late Pat Morita) delivers the quote to his student in order to help him regain some courage.

Geek wisdom: Fear is a huge hurdle to overcome, especially when you’re afraid of someone or something specifically. However, a lot of the time, this fear only magnifies our doubt. We do have to face our fears and maybe, just maybe, it won’t be as bad as we think.

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

From: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Buckaroo Banzai

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the cult classic sci-fi movie, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The film follows Buckaroo Banzai, a highly intelligent man who managed to create a device that can allow people to cross dimensions… who just so happens to be a leader of a rock band.

The quote comes near the start of the film. Buckaroo Banzai (played by Peter Weller) and his band, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, are performing when he notices a sad lady. He stops playing to try to find out what’s wrong with her. The crowd heckles the woman. In a way to explain how life is, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Life is what is is. You can try to run away from it but it will always catch up to you. This does mean that life will have its ups and downs and you have to take the good with the bad.

“I’m only laughing on the outside. My smile is just skin deep. If you could see inside, I’m really crying. You might join me for a weep.”

From: Batman (1989)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Joker

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton. It was a smash-hit and returned The Dark Knight to a more serious tone than what was established in the campy (but still wonderful) ’60s television series.

The quote comes from the middle of the movie, The Joker (played by Jack Nicholson) has just shot Bruce Wayne in Vicki Vale’s apartment. As he leaves, he looks back and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: People do hide their true emotions. They might show they’re happy and joyous when inside, they’re really crying out in pain. You may want to pay attention to your friends and check on them by asking how they’re really feeling.

“Life is good. But it can be better.”

From: Wonder Woman 1984

Genre: Movies, Comics

Who said it?: Maxwell Lord

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the most recent live-action superhero film from Warner Bros. and DC, Wonder Woman 1984. This time around, Wonder Woman (played again by Gal Gadot) takes on Maxwell Lord, a struggling businessman with big dreams, who has managed to come across the Dreamstone, a mysterious object that can grant anyone’s deepest desires but with a cost.

The quote is said several times throughout the film as it is what Maxwell Lord (played by Pedro Pascal) says as his catchphrase and mantra. He basically uses this catchphrase as well as his charisma to paint himself as a successful person.

Geek wisdom: Although the way Maxwell Lord did try to build his success was skewed, that doesn’t mean what he says isn’t bad. Even when things are good, we should always try to get better. We can try to be healthier, save more money and indulge in life as much as we can because, even when things are okay, that doesn’t mean we have to settle for it.

“Turns out I don’t need a medal to tell me I’m a good guy. If that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?”

From: Wreck-It Ralph

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Wreck-It Ralph

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney animated film, Wreck-It Ralph. The film is about a video game character named Wreck-It Ralph who plays the villain in a game called Fix-It Felix. Tired of playing the antagonist, Ralph decides to go on a quest to get a medal just like the one Felix gets for defeating Ralph in the hopes of becoming a “good guy” and much more well liked.

The quote actually comes at the very end of the film. Ralph (played by John C. Reilly) is garnering more respect after his adventure and has even made friends with Vanelope, another video game character. He reminisces that, as he is lifted and thrown off the roof of the building, he doesn’t need a material object to prove he’s a good guy and be liked, which is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A lot of people confuse obtaining material wealth to being well liked. While some strangers might admire you for it, you don’t actually need a lot of stuff to be well-liked. All you need to do is to show kindness to others and it will be returned.

“Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.”

From: Marvel’s Avengers

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Nick Fury

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the first Avengers movie. It was the culmination of separate superhero films made my Marvel and put together their best superheroes, who each had their own standalone films, in a live-action movie.

The quote comes at the start of the film. Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) in confronted by Maria Hill (played by Cobie Smulders). She asks the leader of SHIELD if they really should be concerned about getting prototype weapons out of the base when they do need to evacuate the area. This is when Nick Fury delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Even when things look hopeless, that should not mean we give up. We have to trudge on even if it looks like the odds are against us. Because there’s always going to be a chance our efforts might not be in vain.