“Did you ride that thing all the way out here to see me?”

From: Lyle Straight

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Straight Story

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney film, The Straight Story. Directed by David Lynch, the film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight who, upon learning that Lyle Straight, his estranged brother, suffered a stroke, makes the long trip to visit him. However, as he has poor eyesight and in poor health, he has been denied a driver’s license. So, to circumvent this, he decides to take the arduous trip on his lawn mower.

The quote comes at the very end of the film. Alvin Straight (played by Richard Farnsworth) finally arrives at his brother’s home. His brother Lyle (played by Harry Dean Stanton) greets him on his porch. Realizing that Alvin must have used the lawn mower and how long and troublesome the trip must have taken him, Lyle tearfully delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: People will go through painful things for the people they love. But it doesn’t matter to them. What matters is that they’re there for their loved ones. That’s what true love is.

“Because even miracles take a little time.”

From: Cinderella

Genre: Movies, Cartoons

Who said it?: Fairy Godmother

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the classic 1950 animated Disney film, Cinderella. The film is a basically a retelling of the fairy tale based on an old folk tale that does follow the general beats of the story seen in the movie. The story focuses on a girl named Cinderella who is living with her abusive step family. But her fortunes change when her fairy godmother helps her get into the royal ball to meet her Prince Charming.

The quote comes somewhere near the middle of the film. After her stepsisters destroy the gown she made for the ball. Cinderella is left alone in the house, distraught. Her fairy godmother appears and says there’s still time to get to the ball and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Not all good things come instantly. Sometimes, you have to be patient for these good things to come.

“Ogres are like onions.”

From: Shrek

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Shrek

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Dreamworks animated film Shrek, which was released in 2001. The film focuses on a ogre named Shrek who makes a deal with a lord. If Shrek succeeds in rescuing a princess, the lord will evict all of the fairytale creatures who have started living in the ogre’s swampland.

The quote comes near the start of the film. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) head off to where the princess is. Donkey asks Shrek as to why he didn’t just threaten the lord into giving him what he wants. After the ogre describes other horrible deeds stereotypically done by his kind, Shrek tells Donkey there’s more to ogres and delivers the quote.

UPDATE: Thanks to DJ Miller for correcting who said the quote as I mistakenly posted the wrong character before.

UPDATE 2: Thanks to Isaac Wurmbrand for correcting me regarding the correct film.

Geek wisdom: People are like ogres in this sense. While it’s easy to judge a person by a first impression, always remember there’s going to be something much deeper in their personalities that may not be apparent on the outset.

“It’s not about you.”

From: Doctor Strange

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Ancient One

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on the titular Doctor Stephen Strange who, while looking for a cure for his disabled hands, stumbles upon a monastery that teaches actual magical abilities. He then dedicates his life in learning the mystical arts.

The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the astral plane where his teacher, the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton) is slowly dying. They have a conversation and the Ancient One reminds Strange of his fear of failure. Strange thinks it’s what made him a great doctor but the Ancient One rebuffs him and it’s actually what has kept him from true greatness and why he’s never truly felt happiness. This is when she delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We are just a small part of the world and to think the world revolves around us is silly. In order for the world to be better, we have to work together for the greater good, not just for our selfish indulgences.

“Asgard is not a place. Never was. This could be Asgard. Asgard is where our people stand.”

From: Thor: Ragnarok

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Odin

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the third Thor film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Thor as he has to escape the planet of Sakaar in order to return home to Asgard, which is about to be taken over and ruled over by Hela, the Goddess of Death.

The quote comes close to the climax of the movie. Near death, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) has a vision of his father, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins). Thor feels powerless as Hela destroyed his hammer and Hela has already taken over Asgard. This is when Odin delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Home isn’t necessary the place you live in or the place you lay your head to sleep. Home is wherever you make it to be. Home is where your family is, no matter where you are.

“Mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”

From: Inception

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Eames

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Christopher Nolan sci-fi action/heist film, Inception. The film has a group of people who invade a person’s dream to extract secrets. However, in this case, the team was hired to implant a thought into their target.

The quote comes in the middle of the film. The team is attacked by the target’s subconscious and the group is pinned down. They attempt to fight back with guns they can, as they are in a dream world, conjure from out of their imaginations. During the battle, Eames (played by Tom Hardy) pulls out a grenade launcher and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Don’t limit your imagination and always dream as big as possible.

“Rats are the lowliest and most despised of all creatures, my love. If they have a purpose, so do we.

From: The Suicide Squad (2021)

Genre: Movies, Comics

Who said it?: Ratcatcher 1

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the live-action DC comic book movie, The Suicide Squad. This is not to be confused with the film that was released in 2016. Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad serves both as a sequel and a reboot of the franchise, which sees various supervillains from DC comics recruited to serve on black ops missions for the US government.

The quote comes near the very end of the film. Overwhelmed by Starro the Conqueror’s zombie-like soldiers, Ratcatcher 2 (played by Daniela Melchior) uses her ability and summons all the city’s rats to attack the alien creature. As she does this, she remembers when she was young and asking her father, Ratcatcher 1 (played by Taika Waititi), as to why he chose to control rats. This is when he gives the quote.

Geek wisdom: Every thing in the world and in the universe has its purpose. Even the tiniest thing you might think as useless still has its uses. This is especially true for people.

“We all go a little mad sometimes.”

From: Psycho

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Norman Bates

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the classic psychological thriller, Psycho. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film is basically a woman who embezzled a lot of money and, while on the run, encounters a shy loner named Norman Bates who runs the motel she’s staying in while on the run.

The quote comes early in the film. Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) overhears Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) arguing with his mother. Marion comments that it might be best to put Norman’s mother “someplace” and this upsets the motel proprietor. He claims that his mother needs him and, while he hates the idea, he too has thought of sending his mother to an institution. He further claims that his mother does act out at times, which is when he delivers the quote.

Geek Wisdom: We all do crazy things. Sometimes, it can be for a moment and sometimes even longer than that. The thing is, it has to be for a short while. It’s okay to lose control at times but you should be able to realize when you’ve gone too far and, maybe, even think twice before doing something during that moment.

“But you have heard of me.”

From: Pirates of the Caribbean (specifically, The Curse of the Black Pearl)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Jack Sparrow

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. The movie is based on the theme park ride found in the various Disney theme parks all around the world. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was a huge success and launched an entire film franchise. The series generally follows the adventures of the rogue and eccentric Jack Sparrow.

The quote comes early in the film, The Curse of the Black Pearl. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) is captured by the city guards as he is a known pirate. The leader of the guards search Sparrow and comments on how rubbish his equipment is and how basically he is the worst pirate he’s ever heard of. This is when Jack Sparrow delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: It’s best to look at the bright side of things. Even though he’s told he’s not a good pirate, the mere fact that Jack Sparrow is still well known means that he’s doing something right from his point of view.

“Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the gun.”

From: Army of Darkness

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Ash Williams

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the comedy horror film, Army of Darkness. It is the third film in the Evil Dead film series, all of which were directed by Sam Raimi. In this movie, Ash Williams, the series protagonist, is sent to medieval times and he attempts to find a way back to his own time.

The quote comes early in the film. After a mysterious forces tosses Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell) into a mirror, the shards reform into Evil Ash (also played by Bruce Campbell). Evil Ash taunts the original Ash and punches him several times. Tired of the abuse, original Ash takes out his rifle and shoots his evil doppelganger in the face and delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Tools are just that: tools. It’s how these tools are used and  who uses them that’s more important. Everything can be used for good or bad but it matters who uses them and for what reason.