From: Batman Begins
Who said it?: Thomas Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the superhero/crime drama movie Batman Begins starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Batman Begins was a lot of people’s introduction to Christopher Nolan’s style of film making as, even though he isn’t huge comic book fan, he delivered one of the better Batman movie adaptations.
The quote is actually mentioned a couple of times in the film. The first time comes when a young Bruce Wayne falls into a cave. His father, Thomas Wayne, rescues him and delivers the quote. The second time the quote is given is after the League of Assassins raze Wayne Manor. Bruce Wayne laments that he’s failed. This is when Alfred (played by Michael Caine), his butler and father figure, echoes Thomas Wayne’s message to him.
Geek wisdom: Failing at something doesn’t mean you should stop. You should take it as an opportunity to learn from it and then try again.
From: Jud Crandall
Who said it?: Pet Sematary (both films and the book)
The story behind the quote: This week quote comes from Pet Sematary, one of Stephen King’s most popular horror novels. The book was adapted into film twice, once in 1989 and another two decades later, in 2019. The book and the films focus Louis Creed, a man who learns about a mysterious plot of land just beyond the pet cemetery where, if you bury something that died in that area, will come back to life… but not in the way you remember it.
In each iteration, the quote is given by Jud Crandall, a longtime resident of the area, while he tells a story about something that was buried in the so-called Pet Sematary. In the first film, the character is played by Fred Gwynne and he tells the story of a man named Timmy Baterman who died during World War II. Timmy’s father buried him in the Pet Sematary and the boy came back to life but he didn’t come back as a normal human being.
In the 2019 movie, Jud Crandall (now played by John Lithgow) explains that he thought that Louis Creed’s cat would not come back as evil as the other creatures that were buried in the Pet Sematary.
Geek wisdom: It may be painful to let go but, ultimately, it’s best that you do. You can hold on to the memories but you ultimately cannot let things control your future. You will have to accept the way things are.
From: Halloween (1978)
Who said it?: Sheriff Leigh Brackett
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the original Halloween film that was released in 1978. The film is about a homicidal maniac named Michael Myers who stalks several teens in a small suburban town. This was one of the original slasher films and launched Jamie Lee Curtis’ career in the film industry.
The quote comes early in the film. Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) sees Michael Myers hiding in the bushes. When her friend investigates, she tells Laurie no one’s there. Perturbed and distracted by the mysterious figure’s disappearance, Laurie runs into Sheriff Leigh Brackett (played by Charles Cyphers). Reassuring Laurie it’s okay, Sheriff Brackett delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Halloween is just around the corner. It’s fine to go around and scaring people but don’t go overboard with it. After all, not everyone may find being frightened fun.
From: Batman (1989)
Who said it?: Joker
The story behind the quote: This is going to be weird since I’ve actually used the clip for another piece of Geek Wisdom but it is the best way to get 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) is terrorizing Vicki Vale (played by Kim Bassinger). Bruce Wayne interrupts and Bruce tries to intervene but The Joker, mildly upset that Vicki Vale was “seeing another guy,” just shoots him. The Clown Prince of Crime looks at the fallen body of Bruce Wayne and then delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: What’s yours is yours. What’s mine is mine. Don’t try to steal anything and be happy with what you have. If you aren’t, then go out and earn it rather than try to take what isn’t rightfully yours.
Who said it?: Rob Gordon
The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the book and movie High Fidelity. The book was written by Nick Hornby and published in 1995 while the movie version was released in 2000. The movie follows Rob Gordon (Rob Fleming in the book) as a record store owner who just broke up with his girlfriend.
The quotes come from the very start of the movie where we see Rob (played by John Cusack) listening to the song. As he listens, he laments that people will try to blame music for violent acts but don’t try to protect them from all the heartache and pain a lot of music lyrics profess.
Geek wisdom: We sometimes actually cause our own sadness and misery without realizing it. We lament that we are stuck in a dead-end job or are in a loveless relationship. Yet we never actually take steps to try to break free from this sadness and take control of our lives for the positive.
From: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Who said it?: Dwalin
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the final chapter of The Hobbit trilogy of movies, The Battle of the Five Armies. The Hobbit was actually the first book that preceded the Lord of the Rings trilogy and was also written by J. R. R. Tolkein. The book mostly follows the adventures of the lowly hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. However, it also chronicles the story of Thorin Oakenshield and his quest to retake his kingdom.
The quote comes during the early part of the movie. Thorin (played by Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne. However, he has also inherited the “dragon sickness” as he has become obsesses with the riches inside the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin informs his king that the dwarves are being attacked. Thorin doesn’t seem to care and just wants to hide the wealth deeper into the mountain. Dwalin laments at how Thorin has changed when he became king and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will change, for better or for worse. The problem is not the fact that people change. It’s the fact that most people cannot see that it is they who have become different and will say the world is the thing that has changed. Change is always inevitable, even when we do not realize it all the time.
Who said it?: Craig Jones
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the stoner comedy from 1995, Friday. The film follows two friends, Craig Jones (played by Ice Cube, who also wrote the film) and Smokey (played by Chris Tucker), who, in the main plot attempt to find $200 to pay off a drug dealer.
The quote comes early in the film. While Craig and Smokey are hanging out, they are approached by their neighbor, Felisha (that’s actually how it’s spelled in the credits). She is basically a mooch and tries to borrow Smokey’s car and the marijuana he’s smoking. When Smokey rebuffs her, Felisha turns to Craig. Craig, without even turning his head to face her, delivers the quote.
As mentioned before, the name of the character is actually “Felisha” and not “Felicia.” However, as the quote has become a meme with the alternative spelling, this is the “official” quote now.
Geek wisdom: It is always a good idea to cut out the negative people in your life. These are the people who will try to take advantage of your good nature and will even attempt to make you feel bad when you don’t give in to their demands. It’s much better to just say goodbye to them.
From: Stephen King’s It, both the television miniseries and the 2017 film
Who said it?: Pennywise the Clown and Georgie
The story behind the quote: This week quote comes from Stephen King’s horror novel, It. The book was adapted a couple of times, once in a 1990 miniseries and a big blockbuster 2017 film. The quote appears in both version but said by different people… somewhat.
In the 1990 miniseries, the quote is said early on. When Georgie loses his paper boat in the sewer, Pennywise the Clown (played here by Tim Curry) shows Georgie the boat. The devilish clown entices the boy to get the boat and also informs the child that there are all sorts of things, such as balloons. When Georgie asks if they float, Pennywise grabs the boy and delivers the quote.
In the 2017 movie, the quote is said also during the early parts of the film. Georgie’s older brother, Bill, is mourning his brother’s death. One night, he hears a noise and follows it to the basement. Here, he sees Georgie. However, the boy is actually Pennywise (here played by Bill Skarsgard) and makes “Georgie” deliver the quote several times.
Geek wisdom: Just because something sounds cool, that doesn’t mean you have to ride the bandwagon. It may seem cool to “float” but it actually means something scary and frightening. Always think for yourself and not just go along with the crowd because it’s the current fad.
Who said it?: Josh Baskin
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1988 fantasy comedy movie Big. The film has been ingrained in popular culture because of the walking piano and the Zoltar wishing machine that were featured in the movie. The film stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskins, a 12-year old boy who wishes to become big.
The quote comes early in the film. Josh Baskins, after being told he’s too small to go on one of the carnival rides, encounters a Zoltar wishing machine. He inserts a coin and, when the Zoltar machine prompts him, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: If you’re a kid, don’t be in a rush to grow up. In the movie, the adult Josh Baskins (played by Tom Hanks) is overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being an adult. While you may think being older is all great, there are other aspects, such as working for a living and budgeting your time and money, that you don’t have to think of when your young. So enjoy your time being a kid while you can.
From: Plan 9 from Outer Space
Who said it?: Eros
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space. Although heralded for being one of the worst films when it came out in 1959, it has since become a cult classic and one of those “so bad, it’s good” kinds of movies. It also brought Ed Wood to the limelight.
The quote comes near the end of the film. The aliens have taken some humans and Eros (played by Dudley Manlove) explains that their reason for bringing the dead back to life. It was meant to be a warning that the humans are close to creating a device that can explode sun molecules. If this happens, the entire universe will explode in a disastrous chain reaction. When one of the humans exclaims that they will be stronger with its creation, Eros realizes that the humans are too immature and delivers the quote in frustration.
Geek wisdom: There are going to be people who will be too stubborn to want help. It may be a friend who is destroying his health from too many vices or a family member who is spending too much than they can earn. These people will say that they aren’t doing anything wrong and, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can really do. You can really only help someone when they realize they need help.