“I’m not a painted up doll – I’m a kid! And I don’t want to be anything else.”

From: Disney’s Recess

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Spinelli

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney original series, Recess. The show focuses on a group of friends who, well, enjoy the recess period from school as it represents a time when they can be themselves. However, it is during this recess period wherein they also have to contend with the other groups of the school.

The quote comes from the episode “The Beauty Pageant.” The Ashleys, a group of stuck up girls, decide to enter Spinelli, the tomboyish girl who hates girly things, into a beauty pageant as an act of revenge for a prank. However, as she gets deeper into the contest, she and the gang and even the Ashleys start getting serious about winning. During the final question and answer portion, Spinelli is supposed to give a rehearsed spiel about what she will do if she wins. However, she relents as this really isn’t her. This is when Spinelli delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we force kids to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities. While that’s fine and good to teach them about those topics, we should also allow them to enjoy being young and carefree as well. Allow them to discover who they are and not force them into the image you think they should follow.

“Gentlemen, to evil.”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Mr. Blank

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Specifically, the first episode of the fourth season, Kamp Krusty. The episode has Bart and Lisa Simpson going to summer camp, which is supposedly run by Krusty the Clown himself. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as Mr. Blank, a corrupt businessman, has just licensed the name and, to ensure that his profits are high, equips the camp with rickety amenities. This is  all while Mr. Blank and the “camp counselors” he hired, who happen to be Jimbo Jones and his gang of bullies enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.

The quote comes from the middle of the episode wherein we do see Mr. Blank, Jimbo Jones and the rest of the bullies enjoying a banquet while the camp kids have to eat gruel. Jimbo asks for another brandy and this is when Mr. Blank delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: While we would like to see the good in people but there are always going to be people who will do corrupt and immoral things for various reasons. Maybe it’s because they want to enrich themselves off the backs of other. Maybe they want to show they’re “better” than everyone else. Or maybe they just enjoy it. Whatever the reason, we all have to recognize that there will be bad people in the world.

“Don’t ruin my story with your logic.”

From: Castle

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Richard Castle

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the ABC crime drama Castle. The show features prominent crime novelist Richard Castle who managed to rope in Detective Kate Beckett to investigate crimes and murders for inspiration for his new books. The two do form a cohesive unit, with Castle using his imagination to help solve the crimes Beckett is investigating.

The quote comes from the episode entitled Last Call. Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) and Detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) learn of a secret basement that was used during the prohibition. Castle fantasizes how the murder could have taken place there but Beckett quickly shoots holes in his theory. This is when Castle delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: When we have a good and imaginative story in our heads, we sometimes do not see the flaws in them.

“Yeah. True level, bitch.”

From: Rick and Morty

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Rick Sanchez

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Cartoon Network’s Rick and Morty, which is aired during their late night programming schedule called Adult Swim. The show was created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and follows the sci-fi misadventures of the nihilistic and cynical drunkard Rick Sanchez and his rather paranoid and nervous grandson Morty Smith (both voiced by Justin Roiland). The show has become a huge hit due to its dark humor and creativity.

The quote comes from the episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” the 8th episode of the 3rd season. The episode deals with both Rick and Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland) trying to recover their memories. The duo are locked in a vault that has stored most of their memories they wished to forget (or, in some instances, were forced to forget). One of the “memories” has Morty trying to put up a shelf but Rick disparages Morty because he was using an ordinary level. Rick then creates a platform that is “true level” and Morty, as he steps into it, is so enraptured by the feeling. This is when Rick delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Science and our current knowledge of what is fact is constantly evolving. What you currently know may not be the truth or, at the very least, not the whole truth. You might have to keep an open mind to new thoughts and ideas.

“You look at me and you see Slippin’ Jimmy.”

From: Better Call Saul

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul on AMC. The show follows Jimmy McGill, a fast talking lawyer who has some ethical problems, who will eventually take on the moniker of Saul Goodman.

The quote comes from the 9th episode of the 4th season, Wiedersehen. Jimmy McGill (played by Bob Odenkirk) is devastated by the news that he will not get his license reinstated despite giving very eloquent answers. He rants to Kim Wexler (played by Rhea Seehorn) and she identifies the issue: the board found him to be insincere as he didn’t talk about his troubles with his brother. Jimmy claims that Kim doesn’t believe him as she has seen him do cons and scams (one of which involves slipping on ice and suing people, hence the nickname Slippin’ Jimmy) in the past. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: A reputation can be very difficult for others to forget. This can be both a blessing and a curse as people will have trouble seeing past any changes you have mad, both in the positive and the negative. If you want people to see you in a different light, you will have to work doubly hard for them to see the new you.

“Nobody important? Blimey, that’s amazing. You know, nine hundred years of time and space and I’ve never met anybody who wasn’t important before.”

From: Dr. Who

Genre: Television

Who said it?: The Doctor

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the long-lived BBC science-fiction television program, Dr. Who. The show features The Doctor, who is portrayed by different actors, as he travels through different points in time.

This week’s quote comes from the 11th incarnation of The Doctor (played by Matt Smith) in the holiday special, aptly named A Christmas Carol. A family pleads with Kazran Sardick (played by Michael Gambon) to unfreeze their relative to celebrate the holidays. As Kazran Sardick refuses, The Doctor arrives via the chimmey. After a quick speech, The Doctor looks at the frozen woman and asks who she is. When Kazran Sardick says she’s “nobody important,” The Doctor, in his amazement, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom:  Everyone means something to someone in the world. Even when you feel like you are insignificant, there is still definitely someone who thinks you are important to them.

“So, professor, would you say it’s time for everyone to panic?”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Kent Brockman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the longest running animated series in the United States, The Simpsons. And, with the current situation affecting the world thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a rather apt quote.

The quote comes from the 11th episode of the 5th season of The Simpsons. The episode is entitled Homer the Vigilante, wherein a spree of cat burglaries occur in the town of Springfield. Kent Brockman (voiced by Harry Shearer) who quickly heighten the fears the citizens of the town by insinuating that the cat burglaries will escalate into mass murders. He then turns to a professor and delivers the quote, to which the professor agrees.

Later, when the entire population is hunting down a mysterious treasure, Kent Brockman then escalates the issue again.

Geek wisdom: In times of crisis, it’s always best to try to keep a cool head. If you panic, you will be prone to do more unsafe and even dangerous actions that may do more harm than good. This goes for everyone, especially for the citizens and the people who are supposed to protect them.

“Sometimes life’s a bitch and then you keep living.”

From: BoJack Horseman

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Diane Nguyen

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix animated series, Bojack Horseman. The show is all about the titular character (voiced by Will Arnett), a washed up actor who is trying to make his big comeback to superstardom.

The quote comes from the very last episode of the series, Nice While It Lasted. Bojack Horseman and his ghostwriter and close friend, Diane Nguyen (voiced by Alison Brie), are on a rooftop contemplating on the fact that they may not see each other again. Bojack says that life is terrible then we die. Diane, in reply, delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Life can be hard and there are always going to be difficult times. Real life doesn’t always have happy stories to tell all the time. But that doesn’t mean you just have to give up in life. That’s because life will always go on.

“If you want some quality friends, you gotta wade through all the dicks first.”

From: South Park

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Eric Cartman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Comedy Central animated show, South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show focuses on four kids, Kenny, Kyle, Stan and Eric Cartman, who live in the town of South Park. The show mainly makes fun of the absurdity of life as well as how absurd life can be.

The quote comes from the episode “You Have 0 Friends.” Kyle’s Facebook friends are un-friending him because he friended a kid name Kip Drodry. Cartman suggests dropping him so his friends will return. When Kyle disagrees with the plan, the two go on Chatroulette to try to make new friends online. However, they keep on being matched with people showing their penises. Kyle wants to quit but Cartman says they have to keep going before delivering the quote.

Geek wisdom: In a way, what Cartman said is true. You are going to meet a lot of people in the world (or on Facebook) but not everyone is going to be nice nor will you want to be their friend. However, this is the only way to make friends. You have to get out there and meet people.

Sure, you will meet terrible people but you will also meet some wonderful people you will want to be friends with.

“There. Are. Four. Lights.”

From: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Captain Jean-Luc Picard

The story behind the quote: This week, we have another quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And, once again, it comes from the Captain of the USS Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard. This week’s quote comes from the second episode of the two-parter, Chain of Command. The episode is actually pays homage to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The episode has Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) captured by the Cardassians. The leader of the group, Gul Mandred, tortures Picard in an attempt to break him so he will reveal the plans for the planet Minos Korva. One of the tactics is to show Picard four lights and force him to say there are five instead. If he does, Gul Mandred will stop the torturing.

By the end of the episode, despite not being able to break Picard and the Captain about to be released into Federation custody, Gul Mandred tries one more attempt to break Picard’s spirit by lying to him and saying Minos Korva has been captured and the Enterprise has been destroyed so there is nothing to betray anymore. He asks Picard how many lights. But just before Picard answers, the other Cardassians come to take Picard. This is when Picard says the quote one more time, with total defiance that he was not broken.

Geek wisdom:  Despite all the hardships you endure, you have to stay true to what you know is the truth. Don’t let other people sway you to think otherwise, especially when they are wrong but won’t admit that they are.