From: Star Trek
Who said it?: Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy… but most doctors in Star Trek
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Star Trek. Oddly enough, it comes from most of the Star Trek television shows. The quote is generally mostly associated to the first Enterprise doctor, Dr. Leonard “Bones’ McCoy. However, the same quote has been uttered by several other doctors, including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julian Bashir of Deep Space Nine and The Doctor, a holographic program on the USS Voyager.
The quote is still generally connected to Dr. Bones McCoy (who was played by DeForrest Kelley) from the original Star Trek series. It was his gruff means of expressing frustration when he was given tasks other than his role as Chief Medical Officer on the USS Enterprise.
This line has become a sort of catch phrase and, to pay homage to it, numerous doctors from within the Star Trek series has said some manner of the quote…
Geek wisdom: Although Bones and the other doctors in Star Trek have usually used this quote to express displeasure on taking on a different role, that doesn’t mean that they don’t do it. They may do so begrudgingly but they still do what is asked.
You should do the same. Never pigeonhole yourself in a specific role because you can do so much more.
From: Orange is the New Black
Who said it?: Poussey Washington
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. The show is based on the book of the same name and focuses on a women’s prison and the lives of its inmates.
The quote comes from the middle of the 4th season. Poussey Washington (played by Samira Wiley) develops feelings for new inmate Brook Soso (played by Kimiko Glenn). While Poussey is fine as she has been comfortable with her sexuality for a long time, Soso isn’t. Soso explains that’s she afraid of what will happen in the future. Poussey agrees that the future is uncertain but it’s not excuse to not try, which is when she delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: The future can be scary as we don’t know what it holds for us. This is why we may have so many dreams but are too afraid to try to do anything to achieve them. But not to try is admitting defeat even before you’ve started to do anything.
The point is to try your best, despite the possibility of failing. Because, who knows? Trying at something may help you achieve whatever your goal is.
Who said it?: Abet Nadir
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the geek cult comedy Community. Created by Dan Harmon, the show focuses on the Greendale Community College and a specific study group of six eccentric personalities. The show has become a geeky cult classic and fans may have gotten their six seasons… but we’re still screaming for six seasons and a movie.
The quote comes from one of Community’s most popular episodes, Remedial Chaos Theory. Best friends Abet Nadir (played by Danny Pudi) and Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover) invite the study group over to their new apartment. When the pizza they order arrives, the sly Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) devises a system wherein he throws a dice to see who gets the pizza. This is when Abet, knowing that there are six sides to a die, delivers the quote.
By the way, this quote is repeated numerous times as the episode shows us what happens when each person is picked to get the pizza. Also, go watch this episode as this is one of the most brilliantly written episodes on TV ever.
Geek wisdom: Even when we think we’re in control of everything, we aren’t actually. This is because life is full of randomness that are beyond our control. This randomness can result in good, bad or nothing happening to us. That’s just how life is.
From: How I Met Your Mother
Who said it?: Ted Mosby
The story behind the quote: I have posted several quotes from the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in the past. But, in a freak coincidence, all of these quotes have come from the breakout star, Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris). This week, I decided to post a quote from the main character of the show, Ted Mosby.
The quote comes from the episode “Something Old.” In this episode, Marshall and Lily are packing for their move to Italy but are unsure of what to pack. Ted (played by Josh Radnor) advises them to pack mostly bulky and useless stuff, including an old beanbag. The couple decide to throw it out instead but Ted insists that they keep it as it has a lot of sentimental value and he’s afraid that he’ll be forgotten when they move. Ted does realize it’s irrational and reluctantly decides to leave the bean bag. This is when Future Ted delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It can be difficult to accept but the past is just that: the past. It’s already happened and time will move on, even if you’re still stuck in the past. You will have to let go eventually as time only moves forward.
From: That Mitchell and Webb Look
Who said it?: German SS Soldier
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the British sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look. The show features David Mitchell and Robert Webb and is based on their successful radio comedy show.
The quote comes from the very first episode in a sketch entitled Nazis. A SS encampment is bracing themselves from a Russian assault. However, one of the officers starts questioning his superior the reason why they have skull symbols on their caps. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We live in an are where we all think we are on the right side of history and have decided that anyone who opposes our worldview is automatically wrong and the enemy. We never even bother to listen to their argument with an open mind anymore. The problem is we never stop and think if the other side may have valid points or we may eventually think we’re wrong in the future.
From: Arrested Development
Who said it?: George Bluth, Sr.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Arrested Development, a sitcom that was first released on Fox. It was then picked up on Netflix six years later, showing the longevity of the series that focuses on the Bluths, a dysfunctional family who lost their wealth when it was discovered that the patriarch of the family, George Bluth, Sr. (played by Jeffrey Tambor), had been stealing from the company.
The quote is actually a running gag of the series. Whenever Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) goes talk to his father in prison regarding the family’s money problems, George Sr. would always deliver the quote. Unfortunately, Michael takes this as a figure of speech instead of the literal sense George Sr. is saying…
Geek wisdom: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We sometimes cannot see the value in things while others will recognize it. We also cannot see the secrets nor the stories some of our prized possessions have within them.
From: The Wire
Who said it?: Omar Little
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the HBO series, The Wire. The show is generally a crime drama that focuses on different areas of Baltimore, Maryland.
The quote comes from the 8th episode of the 1st season, entitled “Lessons” by Omar Little (played by Michael K. Williams). Stinkum and Wee-Bey from the Barksdale Organization plan to kill a drug dealer as part of Stinkum’s promotion/initiation. However, Omar Little is actually lying in wait. He kills Stinkum outright and wounds Wee-Bey. As Wee-Bey hides under cover, Omar delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Always try to do the best job during your first attempt and try to treat it as if it was going to be your last attempt. Because there is a good chance it just may be your only chance to get it right.
From: Game of Thrones
Who said it?: Tyrion Lannister
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the HBO series Game of Thrones. It is a medieval fantasy series based on the book series “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R. R. Martin. The books focus on several families/houses vying for the Iron Throne and the right to control all of Westeros.
The quote comes from the very first episode of the series, “Winter is Coming.” Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) runs across Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington). Tyrion Lannister recognizes Jon Snow as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and calls him a “bastard.” This does offend Jon Snow to a great degree. This is when Lannister gives him some advice…
Geek wisdom: We live in a world where people will try to ridicule you for what you are and we have a tendency to hide our true selves from the world. What most of us don’t realize that, if we do this, then we are not accepting ourselves for who we really are.
If we are honest with ourselves and allow ourselves to express our true nature, others, despite them trying to make fun of us for whatever it is, won’t be able to hurt us.
From: Mad Men
Who said it?: Don Draper
The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes are actually from the same speech/rant but the entire thing is a bit too long so the quote is just the ending bit, which is the most important bit. Anyway, the quote comes from the AMC show, Mad Men. The show is set in the roaring ’60s and focuses on the staff of an advertising agency, mainly on Don Draper, the egotistical advertising executive and protagonist of the show.
The quote comes from the fifth season episode entitled “Commision and Fees.” In the episode, Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), along with Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery), head to Dow Chemical in an attempt to get the conglomerate as a client. When the people at Dow Chemical tell Don and Roger they’re happy with their current advertising, Don Draper then proceeds to tell them his version of happiness.
Geek wisdom: Happiness and contentment are two different things and we can confuse the two things. The weird thing is, when we feel content, we tend to let life pass us by. Once we are content with our life, we forget that there can be bigger and better things for us out there and real happiness may just be in our reach but we have to actually strive to reach out for it.
From: The Amanda Show / Moody’s Point
Who said it?: Misty
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Nickelodeon show The Amanda Show. The Amanda Show started in 1999 and was a sketch comedy show much like in the vein of Saturday Night Live and even Nickelodeon’s own All That. In fact, the show is named after Amanda Bynes, who also starred in All That when she was much younger.
As The Amanda Show was a sketch comedy show, there were some recurring skits. One of them was Moody’s Point, a parody of teen dramas of the time. One of the characters in Moody’s Point is a girl named Misty, a rather homely girl who is incredibly sensitive and delivers the quote because of her fragile ego.
On a side note, this isn’t Misty’s only “catch phrase.” Her other one is “What’s that supposed to mean” and is usually uttered because of the same reason.
Geek wisdom: Thin skinned people have difficulty taking any criticism. If we are that way and take any constructive feedback and just tell the critic that we feel offended, then we cannot grow and improve. While there are some people who will try to hate on you, you should always be ready to listen to both good and bad feedback as we can learn from them both.